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Famous Artists from The Philippines

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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. Featuring the best and greatest Filipino artists, this list has it all. 

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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Francis Magalona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines

Birthplace: Mandaluyong, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Francis Michael Durango Magalona (October 4, 1964 – March 6, 2009), also known as FrancisM, Master Rapper, The Mouth and The Man From Manila, was a Filipino rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, ...more

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#61 of 188 The Best Original Pilipino Music Bands/Artists of All Time #6 of 17 The Best Manila Sound Artists

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Manolito Tolentino Mayo ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines

Birthplace: Lipa, Batangas, Philippines

Associated periods or movements: Cubism

Nationality: Philippines

Lito Mayo (December 17, 1954 – May 4, 1983) was a Filipino graphic artist, print-maker, avantegarde poet, social activist, sculptor, satirist, and art professor. His prolific career was brief; ...more
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José Rizal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines
The Triumph of Death over Life, Singapore lighthouse, A painting on a pair of mother-of-pearl

Birthplace: Calamba, Laguna, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Art Forms: Painting

José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Realonda (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse riˈsal]; June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896) was a Filipino nationalist and polymath during the tail end of the ...more
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Luis Eduardo Aute is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines

Birthplace: Metropolitan Manila, Manila, Municipalities of the Philippines, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines, Spain

Art Forms: Painting

Luis Eduardo Aute Gutiérrez (born 13 September 1943) is a Spanish singer, songwriter, film director, actor, sculptor, writer and painter.
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Michael Gleissner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines

Birthplace: Regensburg, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Michael J. G. Gleissner (born 1969 in Regensburg, Germany) is an entrepreneur, film producer, director, screenwriter, and actor.
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Juan Luna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines
Spoliarium, The Death of Cleopatra, The Blood Compact

Birthplace: Badoc, Philippines

Associated periods or movements: Impressionism, Romanticism, Realism, Realism

Nationality: Philippines

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

Juan Luna y Novicio (Spanish: [ˈxwan ˈluna] October 24, 1857 – December 7, 1899), better known as Juan Luna was a Filipino painter, sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution ...more

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#44 of 91 The Greatest Impressionist Artists #23 of 92 The Most Famous Romantic Artists Of All Time #76 of 76 Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists

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Ryan Agoncillo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines

Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Kristoffer Lou Gonzales Agoncillo (born April 10, 1979), known as Ryan Agoncillo, is a Filipino film and television actor, model, singer, photographer, and TV host.
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Fernando Amorsolo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines
The Explosion, Bataan, Dalagang Bukid

Birthplace: Manila, Paco, Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Art Forms: Painting

Fernando Amorsolo y Cueto (May 30, 1892 – April 24, 1972) was one of the most important artists in the history of painting in the Philippines. Amorsolo was a portraitist and painter of rural ...more
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Danny Sillada is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines

Birthplace: Cateel, Philippines

Associated periods or movements: Creative Thinkers International, Surrealism

Nationality: Philippines

Art Forms: Installation art, Painting

Danny C. Sillada (born April 27, 1963) is a Filipino artist, writer and cultural critic from Mindanao. Sillada has contributed to various art forms, from painting, to music and performance art. ...more
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Jao Mapa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines
Pamilya, Kainan, Basurero

Birthplace: Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Art Forms: Painting

Jose Vicente D. Mapa III, who is better known by his screen name Jao Mapa (born February 11, 1976), is a Filipino actor from the Philippines. He is also an accomplished painter known by the name ...more
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Félix Resurrecci&... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines
La barca de Aqueronte, Las Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas al Populacho, La Laguna Estigia

Birthplace: Manila, Binondo, Philippines

Associated periods or movements: Impressionism

Nationality: Philippines

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

Félix Resurrección Hidalgo y Padilla (February 21, 1855 – March 13, 1913) was a Filipino artist. He is acknowledged as one of the great Filipino painters of the late 19th century, ...more
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Botong Francisco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines
Bayanihan sa Bukid, Bayanihan, The Martyrdom of Rizal

Birthplace: Angono, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Carlos Modesto "Botong" Villaluz Francisco (November 4, 1912 – March 31, 1969) was a muralist from Angono, Rizal.
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Pacita Abad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines
Art Bridge

Birthplace: Basco, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Art Forms: Sculpture, Ceramic art, Painting

Pacita Abad (October 5, 1946 – December 7, 2004) was an Ivatan and Filipino visual artist. She was born in Basco, Batanes, a small island in the northernmost part of the Philippines, between ...more
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Federico Aguilar Alcuaz ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines
Abstract in Blue and Black, Panoramic View Of Manila, Bodegón

Birthplace: Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Art Forms: Painting

Frederico Aguilar Alcuaz (June 6, 1932 – February 2, 2011) was a Filipino painter who exhibited extensively Internationally and whose work earned him recognition both in the Philippines and ...more
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Mar Elepano is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines

Birthplace: Philippines

Nationality: Philippines, United States of America

Mariano "Mar" Elepaño (born 1954) is a Filipino American independent filmmaker, teacher, and has been the production supervisor of the John C. Hench Division of Animation and ...more
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Elito Circa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines

Birthplace: Pantabangan, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Art Forms: Painting

Elito Villaflor Circa (born January 28, 1970), better known as "Amangpintor", is a Filipino painter and internationally known folk artist, who paints using indigenous human hair and ...more
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Roberto Chabet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from The Philippines
Landscape With White Moon, Canonization of Blessed Jasper, Sabbat 1

Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Nationality: Philippines

Roberto "Bobby" Rodríguez Chabet (March 29, 1937 - April 30, 2013) was an artist from the Philippines and widely acknowledged as the father of Philippine conceptual art.