Asian Cultural Council Philippines Art Auction 2018

March 3,2018 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines


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Romulo Galicano (b.1945)

a.) Nude (front)

signed and dated 1987 (lower left)

charcoal on paper

29 1/2”x 21 1/2” (75 cm x 55 cm)

b.) Untitled (back)


PHP 80,000


As one of the founding members of the Dimasalang Group, Romulo Galicano rejected the high-midedness of Modernism and instead focused on sharpening the exacting techniques of figuration to achieve the most life like of forms. In this particular sketch of a nude, Galicano offers the viewer an insight into the germination of his process, which reveals that it is not all about a fidelity to reality but also an infusion of energy into human form, so much so that what the viewer sees is flesh made alive by a collection of subtle shades and tonalities.

Slouched on a sofa and her head tilted away from the viewer, the figure has a distinct weight and presence — a characteristic which is also evident in Galicano’s large-scale figurative works.

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