National Artist Arturo Luz, Master of Minimalism and Abstract, Has Died

National Artist for the Visual Arts Arturo Luz, best known for his mastery of minimalism, geometry and abstract, has died on Wednesday, his daughter said. He was 94.

Luz passed away at 8:45 p.m., said daughter Angela Luz, who was at his deathbed. "We could not have asked for anything more. God blessed my father with 94 of the most wonderful years on earth. He enriched our lives with his art, with his incredible talent and his genius."

"As a father and a grandfather, he was simply the best. He was the most kind and generous human being. And as a husband to my mother, he was perfect. He will be terribly missed, but will never be forgotten. His legacy will live on, and will last forever," she said in a public post on Facebook.


Luz "crafted masterpieces that exemplify an ideal of sublime austerity in expression and form" that can be seen in his paintings and sculptures, according to the National Commission and Culture and the Arts.

To the unitiated in art, Luz created the giant stainless steel cube, "Cubi," that is among the centerpieces of the renovated Podium Mall in Ortigas Center. It used to be displayed at the Benguet Corp. headquarters, according to the NCCA.

His most prominent works include Bagong Taon, Vendador de Flores, Skipping Rope, Candle Vendors, Procession, Self-Portrait, Night Glows,Grand Finale, Cities of the Past, Imaginary Landscapes, according to the NCCA.

Here are some of Luz's paintings that were on display at the Ayala Museum before the pandemic.

Arturo Luz, "Black and White Still Life" (Acrylic on Canvass) Joel Guinto/Reportr.World
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Arturo Luz, "The Juggler" (Mixed Media and Paper Collage) Joel Guinto/Reportr.World
Arturo Luz "Cities of the Past" (Mixed Media) Joel Guinto/Reportr.World
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