fanstastic painter of modern art
Lydia Cendron Villanueva-Arguilla started painting in 1950.
Her major output consisted mostly of oils,
but she also created outstanding watercolors.
She showed her concern with capturing a Filipino essence in abstract
or stylized forms and using earth colors particularly in the complexion of human figures. She also adopted the use of a narrow,
tilted space that enhanced the filled-up effect of the composition the artists desired
Lydia villanueva y Cedron was born on 3 Aug 1914. She was married to Manuel Arguilla , a fictionist who died during World War II.
She completed journalism at the University of the Philippines. She affiliated with the Veronicans, an organization of writers. She had
several study grants that she took postgraduate studies at the Columbia University. Until her death on 20 December 1969, she
served as vice-consul to Geneva after being promoted from the position of cultural attache.