Bicol: A treasure trove of talents (Visual Arts)

Bicol: A treasure trove of talents (Visual Arts)

Bicolanos are also known visual artists. Below is an initial list of known painters, illustrators, architects and sculptors from various parts of the region.

  • Bert “Sili King” Gonzales — Camalig Albay — comics illustrator, painter
  • Elden Lumaniog — Libmanan, Camarines Sur — painter
  • Hermel Alejandre — Naga City, Camarines Sur — painter
  • Jun Tivi — Daraga, Albay — painting
  • Larry Alcala — Daraga, Albay — Cartoonist (National Artist)
  • Pancho Piano — Lagonoy, Camarines Sur — Painter, Stained glass artist, Sculptor
  • Paulino “Apo” Gonzales — Legazpi City — painter, publisher and curator
  • Ping Peralta — Legazpi City — photographer, photojournalist
  • Richard La Torre Perez — Pili, Camarines Sur — painter
  • Roderick “Akong” Imperio — Tigaon, Camarines Sur — painter, author
  • Rommel Perez — Naga City — Painter
  • Rosalio Tuplano, Jr. — Catanduanes — Painter
  • Shiela Brobio — Tabaco, Albay — Leaf and paper artist, paper carving
Jun Tuplano’s Painting 1

An architect and designer, Everardo Napay (Legazpi City), can also be included in the list. Though born in Iloilo City, Napay spent a major part of his life in Legazpi City not only as an architect but also as a playwright having wrote and staged zarzuelas, and a music artist. Because of his contributions to Bicol culture, he was given the “Omaw sa Uragon” Award.

The list is non-exhaustive and is a work in progress. Should you have information that is not in the list, feel free to drop a comment below.


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