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Famous Artists from The Philippines

This list of the most popular artists from Philippines is ordered alphabetically, with photos when available. Filipino painters and artists in every medium have helped chronicle history and entertain millions with their work. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Filipino artists on this list have kept traditions alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised and illuminated Filipino culture all over the world. This list of artists includes many of the most famous Filipinos of all time, ranging from Roberto Chabet and Elito Circa.

You're in exactly the right place if you've ever found yourself wondering, "Which famous artists are from Philippines?" and "Who are the most well-known Filipino artists?" That's not all, either, since biographical details are also presented for each uniquely Filipino artist on the list.

For even more information on these historic Filipino artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover, use this list of celebrated Filipino artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.


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    Carlos Modesto Villaluz Francisco, popularly known as Botong, was a muralist from Angono, Rizal. more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Bayanihan sa Bukid, Bayanihan, The Martyrdom of Rizal, Fiesta, Magpupukot + 5 more
    • Birthplace: Angono, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
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    Renowned contemporary artist, musician, and writer whose works often reflect Philippine ethnic culture as well as broader universal themes. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Cateel, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
    • Art Forms: Installation art, Painting
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    Elito Circa

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    Elito Villaflor Circa, better known as "Amangpintor", is a famous Filipino painter and internationally recognized folk artist, acclaimed for his indigenous human hair and blood medium for paintings with mythologism and mythicalism subject matters. He has been noted as "First Hair and Blood painter” of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Pantabangan, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Federico Aguilar Alcuaz was an award winning Filipino painter who exhibited extensively Internationally and whose work earned him recognition both in the Philippines and abroad. Alcuaz was conferred the title of National Artist for Visual Arts, Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media in 2009. However, four ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Abstract in Blue and Black, Panoramic View Of Manila, Bodegón, Tres Marias, Manila 1968 II + 5 more
    • Birthplace: Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Félix Resurrección Hidalgo y Padilla was a Filipino artist. He is acknowledged as one of the great Filipino painters of the late 19th century, and is significant in Philippine history for having been an acquaintance and inspiration for members of the Philippine reform movement which included José Rizal, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: La barca de Aqueronte, Las Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas al Populacho, La Laguna Estigia, Adios del Sol
    • Birthplace: Manila, Binondo, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Fernando Cueto Amorsolo is one of the most important artists in the history of painting in the Philippines. Amorsolo was a portraitist and painter of rural Philippine landscapes. He is popularly known for his craftsmanship and mastery in the use of light. Born in Paco, Manila, he earned a degree from ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: The Explosion, Bataan, Dalagang Bukid, The Mestiza, Maiden in a Stream + 15 more
    • Birthplace: Manila, Paco, Manila, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Francis Durango Magalona, also known as FrancisM, Master Rapper, The Mouth and The Man From Manila, was a Filipino rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, producer, actor, director, and photographer. Born in Mandaluyong City, he was the first Filipino rapper in the Philippines to cross over into the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Mandaluyong, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
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    Jose Vicente P. Mapa III, who is better known by his screen name Jao Mapa, is a popular actor in the Philippines. He is also an accomplished painter known by the name Jao Mapa. more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Pamilya, Kainan, Basurero, Palimos, Jusinera + 5 more
    • Birthplace: Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was a Filipino nationalist, novelist, poet, ophthalmologist, journalist, and revolutionary. He is widely considered one of the greatest heroes of the Philippines. He was the author of Noli Me Tángere, El Filibusterismo, and a number of poems and essays. He ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: The Triumph of Death over Life, Singapore lighthouse, A painting on a pair of mother-of-pearl, Along Suez Canal, Spanish coat of arms + 5 more
    • Birthplace: Calamba, Laguna, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Juan Luna y Novicio was a Filipino painter, sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution during the late 19th century. He became one of the first recognized Philippine artists. His winning the gold medal in the 1884 Madrid Exposition of Fine Arts, along with the silver win of fellow ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Spoliarium, The Death of Cleopatra, The Blood Compact, España y Filipinas, Las Damas Romanas + 15 more
    • Birthplace: Badoc, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
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    Luis Eduardo Aute is a Spanish musician, singer-songwriter, film director, painter and poet. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines, Spain
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Lito Mayo was a Filipino graphic artist, print-maker, avantegarde poet, social activist, sculptor, satirist, and art professor. His prolific career was brief; it lasted only a mere decade. He was one of the active young artists who experimented, collaborated, and exhibited art works in the thriving hubs ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Lipa, Batangas, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
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    Mariano "Mar" Elepaño is a Filipino American independent filmmaker, teacher, and has been the production supervisor of the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, USC School of Cinematic Arts since 1993. Elepaño was born and raised in the Philippines. He came to the United States to study ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines, United States of America
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    Michael J. G. Gleissner is an entrepreneur, film producer, director, screenwriter, actor, photographer, and musician. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Regensburg, Germany
    • Nationality: Philippines, Germany
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    Pacita Abad was born in Basco, Batanes, a small island in the northernmost part of the Philippines, between Luzon and Taiwan. Her more than 30-year painting career began when she traveled to the United States to undertake graduate studies. She exhibited her work in over 200 museums, galleries and other ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Art Bridge
    • Birthplace: Basco, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Ceramic art, Painting
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    Roberto "Bobby" Rodríguez Chabet was an artist from the Philippines and widely acknowledged as the father of Philippine conceptual art. more on Wikipedia
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    • Artworks: Landscape With White Moon, Canonization of Blessed Jasper, Sabbat 1, White Table, Ex-voto 3 + 7 more
    • Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
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    Kristoffer Lou Ryan Agoncillo, popularly known as Ryan Agoncillo, is a Filipino film and television actor, model, singer, photographer, and TV host. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
    • Nationality: Philippines
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