The Life and Art of Lee Aguinaldo

The Life and Art of Lee Aguinaldo

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Authored by Ma. Victoria Herrera, Clarissa Chikiamco, Cid Reyes, and Rod. Paras-Perez


Lee Aguinaldo was a towering figure in the Philippine art scene for his work as well as his controversial public image. Though known for abstraction, he refused to restrict his art and even flouted traditional notions of originality by appropriating other artists and imagery.

The Life and Art of Lee Aguinaldo brings out the full range of his oeuvre: his Pollock-inspired “drip” paintings, hard-edged Linears, and witty mixed-media works and frottages. Leading art critics and historians examine his vision, as well as the tumultuous personal history that shaped it. Lavishly illustrated with over 150 of his artworks, rare photographs by Wig Tysmans, Ray Albano, and Butch Baluyut, and reproductions of his influences Fernando Zobel, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Rembrandt and Vermeer, this book provides an incisive and fascinating study of a great Filipino modern artist.


Abstract expressionism and chromatic abstractionism had their fair share of tough and anguished painters. Rejecting orthodoxy, Lee Aguinaldo gravitated to the serious enterprise of modernism; his “flick” paintings and hard-edged acrylic series placed him as one of the leading members of the pack. The high level of excellence in his work gave him the edge.

—Purissima Benitez-Johannot
Curator and Art Critic


© 2012
304 pages