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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Arturo Luz's Torero at the Vargas Museum

Arturo Luz

Arturo Luz
Jorge B. Vargas Museum,
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City
December 7, 2006 to February 4, 2007

As a continuation of National Artist Arturo Luz's 80th birthday celebrations, the UP Vargas Museum will exhibit Torero, featuring commissioned collages from the El Cirkulo collection.

Arturo Luz's Torero at the Vargas Museum runs from December 7, 2006 to February 4, 2007.

The works of Arturo Luz will be on display at the Vargas Museum lobby as part of the University of the Philippines' College of Arts and Letters' Week festivity. The collages comprise of geometrical patches of red or black, pieces from old and new bullfighters' costumes, and bull's hide.

Painter, sculptor and designer Arturo Luz received the title National Artist for Visual Arts in 1997. Arturo Luz is best known for his linear art and his series on street musicians, vendors, cyclists and carnival performers. He also sculpted using wood, concrete and metal.

In 1995, Arturo Luz worked with Tina Bonoan and Ramon Castellanos who were involved with designing the famous Spanish bar and restaurant El Cirkulo along Pasay Road in Makati. Owner Malu Gamboa met with Bonoan and Castellanos in Madrid to find toreros' attire and large pieces of hide to create an authentic feel of the Spanish sport of bullfighting to the collages. Once in the hands of Luz, he took apart portions of the outfits and arranged them on painted panels resulting in artworks that called attention to the highly ornamental ensemble of bullfighters as well as uniqueness of Luz's ingenious creativity.

For more details on Arturo Luz's Torero at the UP Vargas Museum, please call Linda at 928-1927 or email:

The Jorge B. Vargas Museum is located at University of the Philippines, College of Arts and Letters, Roxas Ave., Diliman, Quezon City

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