Paco Gorospe

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Paco Gorospe
Born Francisco "Paco" Gorospe Sy
(1939-07-10)July 10, 1939
Binondo, Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Died September 22, 2002(2002-09-22) (aged 63)
Occupation Painter

Francisco "Paco" Gorospe Sy (July 10, 1939 – September 22, 2002) was a Filipino painter, called the "Picasso of the Philippines".

Paco Gorospe is one of the famous painters of the Philippines.[1] He was born in Binondo, Manila. He was inspired by the simple and colourful lifestyle of native tribes from the south of the country such as the Yakans, the Bogobos and the Tausugs[citation needed].

He joined a local group of artists in Ermita, Manila and sold his paintings locally, gradually gaining recognition. Paco started with crayons, later using water colours but finally shifted to oil paintings.

Gorospe's first major exhibition took place in 1962 at the Washington State Fair. US sales increased and in 1964 his works were chosen to represent the Philippines at the 1964 New York World's Fair[citation needed].

Other foreign exhibitions followed including Okinawa, Japan (1972), Baden-Baden, Germany (1989), Switzerland and Denmark[citation needed].

In 1990, his work Sabungeros ("cockfighting") was chosen by Philippine Airlines for the cover of their playing cards given to passengers.[2]

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