Andrea Veneracion

Famous Filipino Artist in Music Category: Andrea Ofilada Veneracion or "Ma'am OA", as she is affectionately called was born on July 11, 1928. She is a Filipino choral conductor and a National Artist for Music in the Philippines. She is the Founding Choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and is internationally recognized as one of the finest conductors, pedagogues and musicians of our time. She was also an adjudicator in numerous international choral competitions and was an active force in choral music before her massive stroke in 2005.

In 1997, Andrea Veneracion was awarded the TOFIL (The Outstanding Filipino) Award for Culture and the Arts For her contributions to the development of choral singing in the Philippines.

Eventually in 1999, Ma'am OA was named National Artist for Music, the highest cultural award bestowed by the Philippine government for an individual. In addition, the Philippine Madrigal Singers was named one of the Resident Artists of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Carlos Quirino

Carlos Lozada Quirino was born on 14th of January 1910 and died on the 20th of May 1999 was a Famous Artist in the field of Biography or was a famous Philippine biographer and historian.

Carlos Quirino is best known for his early biography of Jose Rizal. He also wrote several works on Philippine history and biographies of President Manuel Quezon and the painter Damian Domingo. In 1997 he was recognised as a National Artist of the Philippines for Historical Literature.

* Man of Destiny (1935)
* The Great Malayan (1940)
* Magsaysay and the Philippines (1958)
* Philippine Cartography (1959)
* Damian Domingo: First Eminent Filipino Painter (1961)
* History of the Philippine Sugar Industry (1974)
* Filipinos at War (1981)
* Amang, the Life and Times of Eulogio Rodriguez, Sr. (1983)

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero

A Filipino Famous Artist Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero was bonr on January 1917 and died on May 1995. Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero was a very famous Filipino playwright, director, teacher and theater artist.

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero has written well over a hundred plays, 41 of which have been published. Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero unpublished plays have either been broadcast over the radio or staged in various parts of the Philippines.

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero publications include 13 Plays (first published in 1947), 8 Other Plays (1952), 7 More Plays (1962), 12 New Plays (1975), My Favorite 11 Plays (1976), 4 Latest Plays (1980), Retribution and eight other selected plays (1990) and The Guerreros of Ermita (1988).

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero has been the teacher of some of the most famous people in the Performing Arts at present: Behn Cervantes, Celia Diaz-Laurel, Joy Virata, and Joonee Gamboa.

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero has received three national awards: the Rizal Pro-Patria Award in 1961, the Araw ng Maynila Award in 1969, and the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1972.

The U.P. Mobile Theater has been a recipient of two awards when he was its director: The Citizen's Council for Mass Media Trophy (1966) and the Balagtas Award (1969).

In 1997, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero was posthumously distinguished as a National Artist for Philippine Theatre.

Manuel Ocampo

Another Famous Filipino is Manuel Ocampo. He was born on 1965. Manuel Ocampo is a Famous Filipino artist. His work fuses sacred Baroque religious iconography with the secular and serious political narrative with the cartoonish. Manuel Ocampo's work has been included in a number of international surveys, including the 2004 Seville Biennale, 2001 Venice Biennale, the 2001 Berlin Biennale, the 2000 Biennale d’art Contemporain de Lyon, the 1997 Kwangju Biennial, the 1993 Corcoran Biennial, and 1992’s controversial Documenta IX. Manuel Ocampo frequently revisits and makes reference to the art historical canon of political allegorists including Leon Golub, Gericault, Goya, Daumier with allusions to contemporary figures including political satirist R. Crumb Modernist painter Philip Guston. Ocampo’s dark, often disturbing Gothic paintings are attributed with transforming horror into exquisite beauty, history into art history, purgatory into salvation.

Manuel Ocampo's work was featured in many group shows in the 1990s, including Helter Skelter: LA Art of the 1990s, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 1992; Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art at the Asia Society, New York in 1994; American Stories: Amidst Displacement and Transformation at Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo in 1997; Pop Surrealism at the Aldrich Museum of Artin 1998; and Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2000. Manuel Ocampo has exhibited extensively throughout the 1990s, with solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions through Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2005, his work was the subject of a large-scale survey at Casa Asia in Barcelona, and Lieu d’Art Contemporain, Sigean, France.

Manuel Ocampo's has received a number of prestigious grants and awards, including the Giverny Residency (1998), the Rome Prize at the American Academy (1995-96),National Endowment for the Arts (1996), Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1995) and Art Matters Inc. (1991).

Rey Paz Contreras

One of the most Famous Filipino Artist in the field of sculpture is Rey Paz Contreras. He was born on August 31, 1950. Rey Paz Contreras is a prominent Filipino sculptor working with urban refuse and environmental materials as artistic media. He is inspired by the indigenous Filipino culture and creates visual forms of contemporary images that explore a distinct Filipino aesthetics. He currently has his studio near the railroad tracks in Tondo, Manila, where he conducts his community-based art training to promote a socially-responsive 'people's art' that has developed into the Daambakal Sculptors Collective. Rey Paz Contreras' pioneered the use of travieza or hardwood railroad tracks during the late 70s.

As an artist, Rey Paz Contreras is also a pioneering spirit in the development of community-based people's art. He has conducted workshops in the provinces and has organized self-sustaining community craft-based art groups such as Cadaclan Carvers in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, Malasiqui carvers in Pangasinan and more recently the Banglos Art Group in Quezon Province; Rey Paz Contreras has taught woodcarving on other provinces such as Capiz, Rizal and Abra. Rey Paz Contreras has also been supportive of progressive religious organizations, most notable is his partnership with the Missionaries of Jesus (MJ). Some of the more popular public art of Contreras can be found on chapels like Calaruega and Chapel on the Hill in Batulao, Batangas (near Tagaytay); his work in Sagada, Mountain Province is found inside the Episcopalian Church.