Totong Francisco Holds First One-Man Show After Hiatus

Botong Francisco's grandson makes a comeback.

( Most of us, if not all, know a thing or two about Carlos "Botong" Fransciso. A muralist from Angono, Rizal, he was an important figure in Filipino modernism and is also one of the country's National Artists for Visual Arts. But his legacy doesn't stop there—his grandson, Carlos "Totong" Francisco II, is also a renowned artist from the Art Capital of the Philippines. If Angono is too far from you, you can get a glimpse of Totong's own artistic style through his solo show, Revival, at Robinsons Galleria in Quezon City. The show, which runs from February 1 to 15, is his first solo exhibit after a nine-year hiatus.

Totong shares the same name and same love for the arts as his grandfather. Courtesy of Robinsons Land

Totong is deeply influenced by Abstract Expressionism—the artist's response growing up in the age of Regionalism. It can be remembered that Botong, during his time, was a part of the modern art movement and broke away from Fernando Amorsolo's Romanticism. Like most artists, Totong and Botong resisted their respective status quo.

Art by Carlos "Totong" Francisco II Courtesy of Robinsons Land
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Revival is also part of Robinsons Galleria's celebration of National Arts Month and Robinsons Land Corporation's official launch of ARTablado, which is the property developer's platform to raise awareness on Filipino creativity.

Revival runs from February 1 to 15 at 3/F Veranda, Robinsons Galleria, EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City.

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