Studios of Filipino artists unveiled in new coffeetable book

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October 31, 2015, 11:10p.m. – A GLIMPSE into the lives of artists beyond their masterpieces was the theme of a new coffeetable book published by Thomasian journalists Jose “Pinggot” Zulueta and Isabel de Leon.

“Filipino Artists in their Studios” features artists in their workplaces. Zulueta and de Leon, photojournalist and lifestyle editor, respectively, of the Manila Bulletin, came up with the book to give an in-depth and personal look into the work processes behind famous artworks.

“Our goal is to give a glimpse of the artists’ lives, not just a usual profile presentation of them with their artworks,” Zulueta told the Varsitarian during the book launch last Oct. 30 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel.

A private sale session, featuring the works of 17 of the 75 featured artists, was also held during the launch for the benefit of the Philippine National Red Cross.

Twenty-five Thomasians are featured in the book, including National Artist for Visual Arts Arturo Luz and sculptor Ramon Orlina.

Other Thomasian artists in the book are Antonio Austria, Manuel Baldemor, Gabriel Barredo, Andres Barrioquinto, Roberto Chabet, Salvador “Buddy” Ching, Fil de la Cruz, Danny Dalena, Mideo Cruz, Igan D’Bayan, Edgar Doctor, Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Raul Isidro, Prudencio Lamarroza, Julie Lluch, Sofronio Y. Mendoza, Romulo Olazo, Mario Parial, Mario de Rivera, Jose Tence Ruiz, CJ Tanedo, Ronald Ventura and Juvenal Sansó.

Zulueta finished fine arts major in painting in the University and served as a staff artist of the Varsitarian. De Leon, a former assistant press secretary, finished journalism in UST.

“Filipino Artists in their Studios” is available at leading bookstores nationwide.

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