The country’s most prominent family of artists recently showcased their family trove of visual treasures at the Adamson University Art Gallery.
The renowned Blanco Family from Angono, Rizal added an artistic flair into the University’s celebration of the 79th Foundation Day with their Blanco Family Art Exhibit, which premiered on February 8. The opening was graced by university officials and faculty led by Fr. Andrew Bayal C.M., VP for Student Affairs; Dr. Myrna Añes, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Ma. Gladiola Santos, Dean of the College of Science.
The members of the Blanco family—composed of the late Jose and Loring (née Perez) and their children Glenn, Noel, Michael, Joy, Jan, Gay, and Peter Paul—have made painting a grand family affair. The children learned to paint under their parents’ tutelage at an early age; Gay learned to draw at age three before she could write, and youngest child Peter Paul made his first sketch at a very tender age of eleven months. And while the children pursued various interests growing up (for instance Peter Paul is a Philosophy professor at the St. Vincent School of Theology), art is still where their heart is, what binds this highly-talented family.
Up on exhibit were 21 paintings done in realism, the family’s preferred mode of expression. Visitors were drawn to the vivid portrayal of life in the Filipino countryside and urban areas, where the breeze of the wind is capture by the masterful strokes, rich texture, and lucid colors. The imagery of the Blanco family paintings is stark and alive, clearly conveying the richness of Filipino life.
Also in exhibit were works done by the Blanco grandchildren. Apparently, the artistic gene has shown its dominance into the third generation of the family.
The exhibit ran at the Gallery until February 28. Yael Esperat