About the book:
A 186-page full-color volume that delves on the life and art of Martino Abellana, probably Cebu's best candidate for National Artist, albeit as a belated and posthumous recognition. This is the first time that a book has ever been published on Noy Tinong, as he was fondly called. Both art lovers and the general public now have an inkling of his genius, with over 190 of his paintings, included in the book.
The book is a portrait of an artist fondly called “Noy Tinong,” a Carcaranon whose initial artistry would be honed by creative collaboration with members of his talented family, and whose evolving aesthetic would take shape under the mentoring of masters like Fernando Amorsolo and Guillermo Tolentino. Winning national awards in the ’50s, the figurative impressionist would practice his craft until the late ’80s, producing an impressive body of work that includes portraits, landscapes, and still life rendered in oil, charcoal, and pastels.
Kamingaw is both a comprehensive exposition of Abellana’s works and a fitting tribute to the legend who paved the way for the development of Cebuano art. Together with his friend Professor Julian Jumalon, he helped found the Fine Arts program at the University of the Philippines College Cebu; there, the likes of Raymund Fernandez, Celso Pepito, and Mar Vidal – along with an entire generation of Cebuano painters – zealously learned from the “Amorsolo of the South.”
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 186 pp.