Federico Aguilar Alcuaz

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Federico Aguilar Alcuaz
Born (1932-06-06)June 6, 1932
Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippine Islands
Died February 2, 2011(2011-02-02) (aged 78)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Painter
Spouse(s) Ute Schmitz (3 children)

Federico Aguilar Alcuaz (June 6, 1932 – February 2, 2011)[1] was an award winning Filipino painter who exhibited extensively Internationally and whose work earned him recognition both in the Philippines and abroad.

Alcuaz was conferred the title of National Artist for Visual Arts, Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media in 2009. However, four nominees for the award other than Alcuaz became embroiled in the 2009 National Artist of the Philippines Controversy, which led the Supreme Court of the Philippines to temporarily issue a status quo order on August 25, 2009, blocking the conferment of the awards on all seven nominees - despite the fact that no objections were ever raised regarding the conferment of the award to Alcuaz and two other nominees.[1]

Education and personal life[edit]

Federico Aguilar Alcuaz was born on June 6, 1932 in Santa Cruz, Manila. He was the 6th of 11 Children of Mariano Aguilar a Lawyer and a Musician and Encarnacion Alcuaz. He finished early schooling at the Dr. Albert Elementary School and San Beda High School. He studied law at the Ateneo de Manila and finished his degree in 1955. In 1949–1950 he took up painting subjects at the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Fine Arts. In 1955 he went to Madrid with a scholarship at the Academia de San Fernando which he got through the help of the Jesuits from the Ateneo de Manila. In 1956 he chose Barcelona as his career base.He also became a member of the La Punalada Group which counted among its members Tàpies, Cuixart and Tharrats. In the same year he began signing his paintings with Aguilar Alcuaz to distinguish himself from two other Aguilars who are also members of the La Punalada Group. In 1959, he met Ute Schmitz, whom he married 3 years later and they had 3 sons.

He died on February 2, 2011, in Manila, Philippines due to natural causes.


Exhibitions (Philippines)[edit]

Exhibitions (international)[edit]

  • Solo Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid, 1956
  • Solo Exhibition, Galerias Layetanas Barcelona, 1956
  • Solo Exhibition, Galerias Manila Barcelona, 1956
  • Solo Exhibition, Hispanic Cultural Hall Madrid, 1957
  • Solo Exhibition, Galerias Layetanas Barcelona, 1957
  • Solo Exhibition, Galeria Dintel, 1957
  • Solo Exhibition, Galeria Dintel, 1958
  • Exhibited at th Gallery of the City Hall of Burgos Spain, 1958
  • Solo Exhibition, Asociacion Artistica Vizcaina Bilbao, 1959
  • Solo Exhibition, Galeria Ilescas Bilbao, 1959
  • Solo Exhibition, Galeria Ilescas Bilbao, 1960
  • Solo Exhibition, Sala Vayreda Barcelona, 1960
  • Solo Exhibition, Galeria Ilescas Bilbao, 1962
  • Solo Exhibition, Galeria Ilescas Bilbao, 1972
  • Solo Exhibition, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (tapices), 1973
  • Solo Exhibition, Eindhoven (tapestries), 1973 (2)


  1. ^ a b Flores, Helen. "Painter Alcuaz, 78". in The Philippine Star. February 03, 2011
  1. Duldulao, Manuel D. "Twentieth Century Filipino Artists" Legacy Publishers, Quezon City. 1995.
  2. Muñoz Viñarás, Laureano. "Aguilar Alcuaz. Wandtapitjen", De Zormerwijzer, Eidhoven, 1973.