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 cultivated a sensitive appreciation for the ways and practices of the rural Filipino.
At the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, he honed his raw talents through a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, major in advertising. As a student, he became the Art Editor of the Philippine Collegian. After winning First Prize in the 1959 Cover Design Contest for the UP Yearbook, he was appointed Art Editor and Layout Consultant of the Philippinesian. Upon graduation, Varquez joined the advertising industry. His talents and creativity was so in demand that he moved from one advertising agency to another.
In 1969, he joined the Fine Arts Department of the College of the Holy Spirit as faculty member and rose to become College Professor and area Chair of Advertising Design. While teaching young students to master their craft, Varquez invariably also learned to refine his own. He has likewise mounted several critically acclaimed one-man shows and has joined in numerous group shows. His works, with its distinctive transparent cubism, are found in government and corporate buildings, in greeting cards, as well as, in many private collections.