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National Artist for Visual Arts (Sculpture) Napoleon Abueva passed away at the age of 88 on Friday, February 16.

The late artist’s daughter Amihan Abueva announced the death of his Father on Facebook saying that her father passed away at 5:30am, Friday, at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City.

“My father passed away very peacefully at 5:30 this morning at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute. He turned 88 last January 26. The wake will be at the Delaney Hall, adjacent to the UP Chapel (Parish of the Holy Sacrifice) starting at 8 pm tonight. The details of the internment will be announced later. My family and I are very grateful for the friendship and love you have all extended to us,” she wrote.

My father passed away very peacefully at 5:30 this morning at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute. He turned…

Posted by Napoleon Abueva on Friday, February 16, 2018

As the art world mourns for his death, allow us to list down some of his most iconic works that will be forever part of our history.

1. Transfiguration

Located at the Eternal Gardens Memorial Park in Quezon City, Transfiguration shows Jesus Christ looking up to the heavens with His arms outstretched.

2. Sandugo

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The Sandugo is one of the most famous historical sculpture in the Philippines. It is the blood Compact (sandugo) between Datu Sikatuna and Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565 to ensure the relationship of the Spaniards and Filipinos. It is found in Tagbilaran City, Bohol which is also the hometown of Abueva.

3. Siyam na Diwata ng Sining

Photo from Wikimedia

Siyam na Diwata stands at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus’ Hardin ng mga Diwata. The sculpture depicts the 9 muses: architecture, dance, film, literature, music, painting, photography, sculpture, and theater.

4. Magdangal

Posted by U.P. College of Arts and Letters on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Found in front of the College of Arts and Letters building, this sculpture is situated at the mini-park surrounded by trees and concave benches. It was inspired by the words of poet and National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario.

5. Sunburst

The eye-catching sculpture at the top of the 50-foot-high ceiling of Manila Peninsula in Makati was also made by the “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture.”

6. Mother and Child 

Sculpted from solid adobe, Abueva’s Mother and Child shows “abstract figures of a woman in a sitting position and holding a child. The child, meanwhile, clings to the head of his mother.” It can be seen at the National Museum of the Philippines.

Featured image from Eternal Gardens and Wikimedia


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