b. 1926, Philippines
Arturo Luz is a Filipino printmaker, sculptor, designer and founding member of the modern Neo-Realist school in Philippine art. Influenced by Modernist painters such as Paul Klee, he has worked in a variety of styles and techniques in varying degrees of abstraction to create playful geometric figures and forms. He was born on November 20, 1926 in Manila, Republic of Phillipines, and he subsequently went on to study at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Art School of the Brooklyn museum in New York, and at the Académie Grade Chaumière in Paris. In 1976, Luz became the founding director of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, a position he held until 1986.
His international shows include the Philippine Cultural Exhibition held in New York in 1953, Arte de America y España in 1963, the 11th São Paolo Biennial in 1971, the Tokyo International Print Biennial in 1974, and the 8th British International Print Biennale in 1984. In 1997, he was named the National Artist in Visual Arts by the government of his home country.