Arturo R. Luz, painter, sculptor, and designer for more than 40 years, created masterpieces that exemplify an ideal of sublime austerity in expression and form. From the Carnival series of the late 1950s to the recent Cyclist paintings, Luz produced works that elevated Filipino aesthetic vision to new heights of sophisticated simplicity. By establishing the Luz Gallery that professionalized the art gallery as an institution and set a prestigious influence over generations of Filipino artists, Luz inspired and developed a Filipino artistic community that nurtures impeccable designs.
Among his other significant paintings are Bagong Taon, Vendador de Flores,Skipping Rope, Candle Vendors, Procession,
Self-Portrait, Night Glows,Grand Finale, Cities of the Past, Imaginary Landscapes. His mural paintingBlack and White is displayed in the lobby of the CCP's Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater). His sculpture of a stainless steel cube is located in front of the Benguet Mining Corporation Building in Pasig.
He studied painting at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Art School of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and the Académie Grande Chaumière in Paris and received a diploma from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1994.
from 1950's to 1960's
Three 1st Prizes Awards at the Art Association of the Philippines Annual Competition
California Art Association award
1st Prize, First International Art Salon in Saigon, Vietnam
• Republic Cultural Heritage Award for Painting
• Represented Philippines in 1971 Sao Paolo Biennial
• Founding director of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in 1976 and remained as director until 1986
• Set up Luz Gallery
• Order of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, by the French government (title was promoted to “Officiel” in 1987)
• Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award, from the City of Manila
• Gawad CCP para sa Sining, from the Cultural Center of the Philippines
• National Artist in Visual Arts