Juvenal Sanso is one of the most recognized figure of the Philippine Modernist movement still active today. Born in Catalonia in Spain, the Presidential Medal of Merit Awardee grew up in the Philippines through the horros of World War 2, before eventually finishing his studies at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, where he studied under National Artists Fernando Amorsolo and Guillermo Tolentino. He then moved to Europe, where he became known for a diverse Expressionistic oeuvre that runs from that portraits, landscapes, and abstracts.
During the 1960s, Juvenal Sanso also designed for top European design houses such as Balenciaga, Bianchini-Ferie and Synergie. To make these designs, he made abstract artworks and patterns and he kept these paintings in his own private collection. This piece, which is tempera on paper, is a fine example of the textile patterns he made for these fashion houses. Despite being abstract, the flora-like design retains Sanso’s trademark Expressionist sensibilities through emotive brushwork against a fiery backdrop of red.