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)
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.