ABUEVA, Napoleon


"Wheels Series Sculpture" 24" x 1" x 12" Wood Relief on Narra Panel 1979 SOLD




"Sanggol" 12" x 12" Carved Wood 2007 SOLD






In 1976, Napoleon V. Abueva, then 46, was the youngest Filipino to become a National Artist. Known as the Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture, he is a master in both academic representational style and modern abstract. His works have been executed using almost all kinds of materials, including hard wood like molave, acacia, langka wood, ipil, kamagong, palm wood and bamboo, adobe, metal, stainless steel, cement, marble, bronze, iron, alabaster, coral, and brass. He even combines different materials, like wood with metal and stone.

Under a Pura Villanueva-Kalaw Scholarship, Abueva graduated from the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts in 1953 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. He received
much recognition as early as his college years, during which he was mentored by Guillermo Tolentino, the first National Artist for Sculpture and creator of the UP Oblation. For three years in a row (1951-1953), he won first prize and best entry awards in sculpture in the Art Association of the Philippines annual competition. One of his works from this period is the Kagampan or Kaganapan, which is considered most representative of his work. He also received recognition in the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ International Sculpture Competition in London, England.

Major Works:

• 1955 – Kiss of Judas
• 1979 – The Transfiguration, at the Eternal Garden Memorial Park
• 1994 – Nine Muses, at the UP Faculty Center
• 1994 – Sunburst, at the Peninsula Manila hotel

Several of his public art can also be found at UP Diliman:

• 1957 – Crucifix with Two Corpora, at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice
• 1962 – University Gateway (also UP Gates)
• 1967 – Tribute to Higher Education, at the entrance of University Avenue
• 1979 – The Spirit of Business, in front of the College of Business Administration
• 1992 – Diwata, at the Faculty Center
• 1996 – Alma Mater, at the lobby of Ang Bahay ng Alumni
• 1996 – Three Women Sewing the First Philippine Flag, also known as Tres Marias Plaza, at the UP Donors’ Garden, as part of the centennial celebration of the 1896 Philippine Revolution


• 1959 – Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Philippines (Sculpture)
• 1966 – Cultural Heritage Award
• 1976 – Gawad CCP para sa Sining
• 1987 – Asean Awards for the Visual Arts in Bangkok
• 1995 – Fourth Asean Achievement Award for Visual Arts in Singapore

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