Carlos Francisco

Taken from "The Bible Through Asian Eyes", 1991
Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady

TOP: "Madonna of the Bamboo",
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Carlos Francisco has a special place in Philippine art. A gifted painter, he rediscovered the art of mural painting in the Philippines and for thirty years created the majestic works which now mark many of Manila's civic buildings. He was deeply steeped in Philippine life and never left the country to travel. He died during Holy Week 1969, at the age of 57 and was honored throughout the country as a national treasure. No painter of his time was more attuned to the spirit of the land and the people.

The first published collection of his works was in 1985 throughout the good offices of the Asian Christian Arts Association and the Kajima Foundation for the Arts in Japan. His "Madonna of the Bamboo" painted in 1962 (oil on wood) captures the sweeping lines of the dress of a Philippine peasant girl and is a fitting celebration of the young mother Mary.


Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady. Mary. The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. pp.82-83. Print

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The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. p83. Print
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