Once again as we dive into the past we discover another talented Cebuano who has made his mark in the field of paiting. Martino Abellana (1914–1988) or "Noy Tinong", was a renowned painter from Carcar.
He was dubbed "The Dean of Cebuano Painters", having being born into an artistic family and his main influence was his father, who was a school principal and a sculptor. Martino, along with his four brothers, including renowned sculptor and composer Dr. Ramon Abellana were exposed to art early, and they helped their father with his sculptures.
Martino eventually pursued a career in the arts, finishing his formal art education at the School of Fine Arts in UP Manila. Among his teachers were the famous masters Fernando Amorsolo and Guillermo Tolentino. He helped his brother Ramon conceptualized the famous Carcar landmark, "Rotunda," by making sketches while he was still an undergraduate.
Martino Abellana lived, worked and taught here in Cebu, despite graduating with his degree in the fine arts in Manila. He facilitated the local development of art in Cebu together with his contemporary painter and friend Professor Julian Jumalon, and helped found the fine arts program at University of the Philippines College Cebu, where he left his greatest legacy by influencing an entire generation of Cebuano painters.
Most of his lifetime of works includes portraints, landscapes, and still life glowing in oil, vibrant in pastels, vivid in charcoal, they practically pulsated with life.
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