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Max Balabat

fanstastic painter of modern art

Manila, Philippines

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passed away 1998

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Was born Sta Cruz Manila in 1903 and died 1998.

Style Conservative realism

UP School of Fine Arts, 1935.

Son of Alejandro Amorsolo, a brother of National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. Father was a lawyer by profession, but also painted. Orphaned at the age of six, went to live with uncle Fernando and was serving as his assistant for 30 years.

Exhibited in Manila and Hong Kong. Also exhibited in Los Angeles where he lived for seven years. On his return to the Philippines in the 1980 s mounted a show at Galerie Bleue

A member of Gabriel Custodio’s Friday Group, and of the conservative Academy of Filipino Artists.

Has a fine hand and does excellent renditions of Muslim maidens and sampaguita vendors. His paintings of rural life and scenery carry the unmistakable Amorsolo lighting.

Commissioned works include the illustrations for the American regime textbook, Illustrated for many other Ginn & Co books.

A Mabini artist, liked to do oil and pastel folk genre and occasional watercolours