Who is Paco Gorospe?

Francisco “Paco” Gorospe Sy (July 10, 1939 – September 22, 2002) was a Filipino painter, called the “Picasso of the Philippines”.

Paco Gorospe is one of the famous painters of the Philippines. He was born in Binondo, Manila. He was inspired by the simple and colourful lifestyle of original tribes from the south of the country such as the Yakans, the Bogobos and the Tausugs[citation needed].

He associated a local group of artists in Ermita, Manila, and sold his paintings locally, gradually achievement recognition. Paco started following crayons, later using water colours but finally shifted to oil paintings. His paintings caught the eye of Lydia Arguilla, founder of the Philippine Art Gallery (PAG), who displayed his performance at PAG and included more than 40 of his paintings in her personal collection.

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Gorospe’s first major exhibition, due largely to Lydia Arguilla’s patronage, took place in 1962 at the World’s Fair in Seattle, Washington. Following his stint at the “Century 21” World’s Fair in Seattle, US sales increased, and in 1964 his works were agreed to represent the Philippines at the World’s Fair in New York[citation needed].

Other foreign exhibitions followed including Okinawa, Japan (1972), Baden-Baden, Germany (1989), Switzerland and Denmark[citation needed].

In 1990, his work Sabungeros (“cockfighting”) was chosen by Philippine Airlines for the lid of their playing cards utter to passengers.

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