BenCab

BenCabBenedicto Reyes Cabrera or Bencab, as he is more popularly known is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. Bencab began carving a niche for himself in Manila’s art circles shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of the Philippines.

A prolific painter and printmaker, he has exhibited widely in the Philippines and in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has won several major art awards in a career spanning four decades. In 1992, he received the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for the Arts). His works have been the subject of three books, Ben Cabrera: Etchings (1970-1980) by Cid Reyes; Bencab’s Rock Sessions by Eric Caruncho; and BENCAB by Alfred Yuson and Cid Reyes.

The artist lives and works in Baguio City.

Personal website:
http://www.bencabmuseum.org/

Participating Artists…

Ant ‘Jun’ A. Afable

Ant ‘Jun’ A. Afable

Antonio ‘Jun’ A. Afable, Jr. of Tuy, Batangas took up Fine Arts at University of Santo Tomas and graduated with flying colors in March 1981. His passion for his art brought him to participate in numerous art exhibitions in the Philippines and in Italy. He joined and...

Wilfred Torralba Alinas

Wilfred Torralba Alinas

​Wilfred Torralba Alinas, educated as an accountant, showed his early interest in art when he drew his aunt’s portrait and frequented the art strips of Mabini St. to watch his favorite artists and their works. Mostly self-taught, he was introduced to the works of...

Rafael Asuncion

Rafael Asuncion

​Rafael Asuncion comes from the long line of Asuncion artists, namely Justiniano, Mariano, Leoncio and Jose Maria. This present-day Asuncion completed his Fine Arts degree from UST in 1951 and is a Master of Fine Arts graduate of the Asean Institute of Art. The...

Maria Nellie Bautista

Maria Nellie Bautista

Maria Nellie Bautista or Maria Nellie has the heart of an artist throughout her life. Although she took a Bachelor of Arts degree and another degree in Foreign Service from the Lyceum of the Philippines to prepare her for a promising career, her artistic cravings...

Jun Bueno Silva

Jun Bueno Silva

Eulalio Bueno Silva, Jr. or Bueno Silva, born to a business-oriented family, was encouraged to study Accounting and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of the East in 1965. At twenty-four, Silva’s extraordinary gift beckoned...

Pete Castañeda

Pete Castañeda

Pete Castañeda began painting seriously after 15 years of corporate stint occupying various positions in sales promotion, advertising and marketing. In 1983, he joined the academe and his art flourished while teaching at the College of Fine Arts, University of the...

Jhun Ciolo Diamante

Jhun Ciolo Diamante

Jhun Ciolo Diamante earned a degree in Architecture but his love for the great outdoors in San Pablo City, Laguna gave him early recognition as an award-winning plein air artist. Later, he went to Bahrain as a graphic artist but continued his passion for his art in...

Daniel H. Dizon

Daniel H. Dizon

Daniel H. Dizon got his early training in art from his father, the celebrated Prof. Vicente Alvarez Dizon, which paved the way to a job as staff artist in an art department in Clark Airbase, Pampanga. Later, he took further art courses and earned a diploma from Art...

Antonio P. Doctor

Antonio P. Doctor

Antonio P. Doctor, with his Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas, Unesco Fellowship from a university in Thailand, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A., is perhaps, the most academically...

Bill Ibañez

Bill Ibañez

For Guillermo Ibañez, versatility has both been a boon and a bane. A born thespian, skilled writer, and gifted artist, he was, alas, sidetracked from full-time painting, after his graduation from the U.P. College of Fine Arts, by the lure and lucre of advertising. It...

Rocille Lampitoc

Rocille Lampitoc

Rocille Lampitoc, grew up in the art milieu. Bold strokes of colors, light and shadows, expressions of emotions captured by strokes of a brush, these are her inspirations and the hallmarks of her paintings. A graduate of Fashion Design with awards, from Long Beach,...

Rol P. Lampitoc

Rol P. Lampitoc

​Rol P. Lampitoc’s paintings, including three portraits of past presidents-America’s Harry Truman and the Philippines’ Carlos Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal, have the unique quality of communicating with each viewer and have earned the awe and respect of discriminating...

Lenore RS Lim

Lenore RS Lim

Lenore RS Lim is a dedicated artist in the medium of printmaking. The central motif in her work concerns deeply personal experiences of childhood and nostalgic memories of nature and culture her motherland. Her work is noteworthy for its clean, delicate and subtle...

Tony Luna

Tony Luna

Antonio Hiponia Luna or "DunLuna" is a Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Painting graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. As a student, he showed his talent when he won several awards with uncommon consistency. This inspired him to participate in several group shows...

Inocentes Magpusao

Inocentes Magpusao

Inocentes Magpusao or Entes, a self-taught artist, started as a comics and magazine illustrator in the late fifties. He was eventually drawn into the circle of National Artists, HR Ocampo and Cesar Legaspi and nonetheless found in them the needed nurturing and...

Romi C. MananQuil

Romi C. MananQuil

Romeo Castillo MananQuil was a consistent scholar before he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines. While still a student, he started illustrating for Liwayway, the country’s top vernacular magazine. Upon graduation,...

Toots Quiachon

Toots Quiachon

​Calixto “Toots” Quiachon started drawing even before going to school. His talent got early recognition when his teachers asked for his help in doing their visual aids. In high school, he already started to paint in oils and watercolours and did charcoal...

Jomedi “Joey” Rollo

Jomedi “Joey” Rollo

Jomedi “Joey” Rollo, a newer member of Philippine Artists Group of Canada, represents the new breed and vision of the group in its objective of instilling pride in the Filipino heritage as it blends into the Canadian cultural collage. His passion for art was forged...

Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi

Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi

Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi is one of the most internationally acclaimed lady artists from the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines, a Diploma in Painting from Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Italy and took Special...

Slim Torres

Slim Torres

Slim Torres is another distinguished product of University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, a founding member and the undisputed guru of grUPo lovingly addressed by the members as the General. A master of Philippine genre painting, his series on Philippines...

Platon T. Varquez

Platon T. Varquez

Platon T. Varquez has shown early in life a keen interest in the world around him and captured these visions into his art. Captivated by the lush countryside with its bright sunlit rice paddies, the sweat and brawn of the farm workers and their families, Varquez...

Francisco M. Verano

Francisco M. Verano

Francisco M. Verano is a product of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts who ably managed to continue his sculptural and painting careers since graduation, even as he pursued a corporate agenda. Rising from the ranks, he held various executive and...