Jaime de Guzman at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines

Arts & Culture

March 6, 2015 | BY Franz Sorilla IV

Celebrated painter and ceramic artist Jaime de Guzman takes the centre stage of the Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP) as the institution exhibits once again some of the artist’s greatest works.

Jaime de Guzman with his painting, Metamorphosis (photo taken by his son, Fausto de Guzman)

In the mid- to late 21st century, one artist marked the progression of expressionist and mural art in the Philippines and eventually held its fort while the modernists and contemporary artists took the limelight after the revolution in the ‘80s. Jaime de Guzman, one of the Thirteen Artists of CCP—a group title for the thirteen masters whose works best represent the changing times of the ‘70s, once again opens to the public his masterpieces.

From March 4 to April 26, the show Revelations: A Jaime de Guzman Retrospective will be featuring some of the artist’s greatest works, which span almost five decades. The show, a cooperation of the CCP with Archivo 1984 and supported by Pioneer Insurance and Safety Corporation, exhibit the paintings that depict the artist’s personal views on social and ecological concerns as well as introspective representations of his own mythology and his identity. Included as well are the drawings and ceramic works that reveal the range of his artistic practice. 

De Guzman's Gomburza 


Curated by Emily Abrera, the exhibition includes pieces from the artist’s and his family’s collection, as well as those borrowed from private and institutional collectors. Welcoming the guests at the entrance of the Bulwagan Juan Luna is four of his most celebrated mural-sized paintings—three from the Metamorphosis series and the Gomburza—during the 1970s. De Guzman is known for his works with elements from mythologies, the occult, and the striking colours of his enraged subjects. Evident in the exhibition is the artist’s progression of style by including his latter works such as Pakulba (1992) and Taib (2013), which portray whimsical figures and mellowed colours.

The display of Jaime de Guzman’s series of personal mythology serves not only as a looking-back retrospective, but also as a looking-glass re-introduction to his robust creativity.


Revelations: A Jaime de Guzman Retrospective is held at the Bulwagan Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and the third floor hallway galleries of the Cultural Centre of the Philippines. 

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