Accompanied by a certificate issued by Mr. Nixio Castrillo
confirming the authenticity of this lot

Acquired directly from the artist


Eduardo Castrillo was among the exemplary sculptors of the last fifty years, with monumental works such as the People Power Monument along EDSA and the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila under his name. Castrillo is a precursor of the allmetal sculpture, using embossed copper and welded brass to create figurative and abstract works. His father, Santiago Castrillo—a jeweler and a master craftsman—taught him the techniques of metalworking. He is known for producing sculptures that combine Modernism's aesthetic of the distorted figure with a classical allegorical approach to Filipino virtues. In addition to creating arresting brass or bronze monuments, Castrillo also produced small-scale sculptures in figurative and abstract styles. He simplifies reality into planes and occasionally augments them into a mass of resonating shapes. In a 1975 video clip from the Associated Press, Castrillo described the reason for producing such pieces: “The two extremes of art are either moving or concrete. In my style, I want to consolidate and create art that is solid and yet alive and free flowing.” For Castrillo, this is his aesthetic—a neorealist and cubist inclination resulting from "the resolution of the conflict between representation and structure." Castrillo received his CCP Thirteen Artists Award in 1970 and is considered the heir to Guillermo Tolentino's prowess in sculpting. (A.M.)