JOYA, Jose


jose joya

"Girl With Salakot" 18" x 12" Colored Pencil on Paper 1985 SOLD


jose joya

"Girl With Basket" 18" x 12" Colored Pencil on Paper 1985 SOLD



"Abstract Artwork (New York City)" 25" x 32" Colored Pen and Ink 1968 SOLD



"Male Nude" 19.5" x 13" Pastel on Paper 1988 SOLD


As a young undergraduate student of what was then known as the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts, Jose T. Joya (b. June 3, 1931) spent hours in the library pouring over books on the two subject areas that would later shape and define his art – modernism and travel. It was the early 1950’s and television had not yet been introduced to the islands. But the young artist was a burgeoning intellectual whose talent and spirit could not be contained by insular banalities.

Despite the classical bias and hegemonic force of the Amorosolo school that fuelled the UP’s Fine Arts curriculum in those days, Joya was drawn to the dynamic and subversive power of abstract expressionism.
In New York, the so-called “rebel artists of the 1950’s” - among them Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Philipp Guston , Adolph Gottlieb, Franz Kline and Mark Rothko – were waging, and winning, the war against the aesthetic establishment.

At the same, the young Joya was also seduced by the mystery of foreign, exotic lands. In particular, he fantasized about spectacular Mediterranian vistas, a fantasy that would soon become a reality when, shortly after finishing his degree in 1953 with the distinction of being his alma mater’s first magna cum laude graduate in Fine Arts, he was awarded by the Spanish government with a painting grant to study in the prestigious Instituto de Cultura Hispanica in Madrid.

As the first Filipino modern artist of international renown, Joya traversed the globe, exhibiting his works in the US, Europe, Asia and the Pacific and representing the country in prestigious biennales abroad. As an educator who served as dean of the UP School of Fine Arts from
1970 to 1978, he was an advocate of the instructive potential of travel and organized study tours outside the country for his colleagues. When the Marcos dictatorship imposed travel restrictions outside the country under Martial Law, Joya travelled across the Philippines giving lectures on art and advocating cultural literacy.

Jose T. Joya was declared National Artist
for the Visual Arts in 2003, eight years after his
death, for his contribution to the indigenization
of abstract art in the Philippines. Today, his works continue to instruct and bring audiences to distant worlds.


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