To view Florencio Concepcion’s abstract oil paintings is to be calmed. The feeling is similar to being transported to a secret abundant garden, a hideaway in the countryside. His brilliant colors of emerald green, soft blue, white and stark black blend in smooth flow in square canvases. The mood is soothing. The spirit, carefree yet quiet.
Manila-born Concepcion finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of the Philippines in 1953. In 1961, he became a scholar of the Italian government and was sent to the Accademia di Belle Arte in Rome for his postgraduate studies, wherein he finished his Master of Fine Arts (Licenziato di Pittura) in 1964.
Concepcion exhibited extensively locally and abroad, as well as won local and international awards. From being an opera backdrop artist working under the direction of Prof. Ireneo Miranda in 1951, Concepcion became Dean of the University of the East College of Fine Arts until his retirement in 1994.