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b. 1934 - d. 2015

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            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)
              Jan. 20, 2024

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)

              Est: ₱40,000 - ₱52,000

              Diaphanous signed and dated 2010 (bottom) soft pastel on canson paper 19" x 26" (48 cm x 66 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)
              Jan. 20, 2024

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)

              Est: ₱40,000 - ₱52,000

              Anthurium signed and dated 2010 (bottom) soft pastel on canson paper 19" x 26" (48 cm x 66 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)
              Jan. 20, 2024

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)

              Est: ₱40,000 - ₱52,000

              Anthurium signed and dated 2010 (lower right) soft pastel 20" x 25" (48 cm x 64 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)
              Jan. 20, 2024

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)

              Est: ₱35,000 - ₱45,500

              Nude V handsigned and dated 1996 (lower right) print, edition 1/10 26" x 20" (66 cm x 51 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Diaphanous B-XLV
              Dec. 02, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Diaphanous B-XLV

              Est: ₱5,000,000 - ₱6,500,000

              Diaphanous B-XLV signed and dated 1981 oil on canvas 48” x 60” (122 cm x 152 cm) PROVENANCE: Private collection, USA WRITE UPRomulo Olazo’s art is a mesmerizing fusion of chromatic brilliance and transparency, where he conjures gossamer-like creations with a masterful use of translucent colors and flat shapes. These remarkable effects are born from the inherent qualities of his chosen medium. In the “Diaphanous” series, he seamlessly merges form and color into a delicate, interlocked relationship that exudes a spectral, disembodied quality. What makes this fusion even more intriguing is that, despite the rich, dense, and complex layers of light present in his works, they never lose their underlying austerity. Olazo’s artistic journey began during a pivotal period when the foundations of modernist tradition were being laid by influential figures such as Vicente Manansala, Victorio Edades, H.R. Ocampo, and Fernando Zobel. Initially establishing himself as a printmaker, Olazo introduced groundbreaking innovations in this field. These innovations served as a fertile foundation for the development of his “Diaphanous” series, a unique collection of abstract paintings that are often described as “veritable visions of light.” His works have been compared to dragonfly wings, delicate veils of gossamer, or even a symphony of colors. (Jed Daya)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Diaphanous
              Dec. 02, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Diaphanous

              Est: ₱4,000,000 - ₱5,200,000

              Diaphanous signed and dated 1983 (lower right) oil on canvas 34” x 46” (86 cm x 117 cm) PROVENANCE: Private collection, Manila WRITE UPIn this Diaphanous from 1983, the overlapping curvilinear shapes neatly applied to the canvas one layer at a time, produce a delicately intricate blend of subtle gossamer layers. Recalling silk screen printing methods, the irregular curvilinear free form layers are laid on in such ways that their edges criss cross like fine pieces of gauze or webs revolving around a subtly shifting axis. Olazo’s art has a sense of luxury despite its grave monochromatic colors. Each shape possesses a curvilinear sensuousness, as light shimmers through veil upon veil of illusionist space. Colors are restrained to cool monochromes. The artist approaches color as an objective phenomenon, although he does not exclude nor negate the subjective dimension, for such a subtle art may be expressive of highly nuanced state of feeling.

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - a) Nude III b) Nude
              Dec. 02, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - a) Nude III b) Nude

              Est: ₱120,000 - ₱156,000

              a) Nude III signed and dated 1986 (lower right) charcoal on paper 25” x 18 1/2” (64 cm x 47 cm) b) Nude signed and dated 1985 (lower right) charcoal on paper 25” x 18 1/2” (64 cm x 47 cm) PROVENANCE Galleria Duemila WRITE UP “His nudes are among the most sincere and honest representations of the human body by an artist.” This is what art critic Alice Guillermo wrote about Romulo Olazo’s nude sketches. Born in 1934, Olazo was able to enroll himself in the University of Santo Tomas’ department of Fine Arts in 1959 and, as luck would have it, found himself in the midst of the rising modernist movement. He had talents like Victorio Edades and Diosdado Lorenzo as professors and upcoming talents like Ang Kiukok and Angelito Antonio, to name a few, as contemporaries. In these sketches, Olazo’s mastery in anatomy is displayed. The years prior to the release of this work saw Olazo holding multiple shows – with a notable exhibit entitled NUDE in 1980, featuring esteemed artists Vicente Manansala, Agustin Goy, and Ephraim Samson. (Hannah Valiente)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934-2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934-2015)

              Est: ₱30,000 - ₱39,000

              Untitled signed and dated 1976 (lower left) charcoal on paper 15” x 15” (38 cm x 38 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934-2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934-2015)

              Est: ₱20,000 - ₱26,000

              Nude signed and dated 1981 (lower right) pastel on paper 20 1/2” x 14 1/4” (52 cm x 36 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934-2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934-2015)

              Est: ₱10,000 - ₱13,000

              Untitled signed and dated 1975 (lower right) watercolor on paper 11” x 8” (28 cm x 20 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934-2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934-2015)

              Est: ₱20,000 - ₱26,000

              Nude signed and dated 1978 (lower right) charcoal on paper 20 1/2” x 13 3/4” (52 cm x 35 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)

              Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

              Kasoy signed and dated 2010 (lower right) soft pastel on paper 20” x 25 (51 cm x 64 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

              Anthurium signed and dated 2010 (lower right) soft pastel 19” x 25” (48 cm x 64 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

              Anthurium signed and dated 2010 (lower right) soft pastel on canson paper 19 1/4” x 25” (49 cm x 64 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱40,000 - ₱52,000

              Untitled signed and dated 2010 (lower right) pastel on paper 12” x 19” (30 cm x 48 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

              Diaphanous signed and dated 2010 (bottom) soft pastel on canson paper 19” x 26” (48 cm x 66 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

              Diaphanous signed and dated 2010 (bottom) soft pastel on canson paper 19” x 26” (48 cm x 66 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Oct. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱800,000 - ₱1,040,000

              Diaphanous- Anthuriums # 94 signed and dated 2011 (lower right) oil on canvas 24” x 18” (61 cm x 46 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Diaphanous Anthuriums #51
              Sep. 09, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Diaphanous Anthuriums #51

              Est: ₱2,200,000 - ₱2,860,000

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Diaphanous Anthuriums #51 signed and dated 1997 (lower left and verso) oil on canvas 24" x 36" (61 cm x 91 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Paseo Gallery confirming the authenticity of this lot Romulo Olazo’s artistic inclination had an impulse toward pristine compositions. He brought together the dynamism of his diaphanous forms into a singular entity that can be imagined as waves of colors prancing in the mind, and such is observed in Diaphanous Anthuriums #51 dated 1997. The Diaphanous series, a composition that continued throughout his artistic career, is a unique body of abstract paintings that “are veritable visions of light.” His interest in capturing the luminescent quality of various bodies of water was the inspiration behind this style, and its forms have been likened to dragonfly wings, sheets of gossamer veil or gauze, and even a symphony. Abstraction was his tool in permeating the bright hues of color as a symphonic spectacle that captivates the eye. Olazo first rose to prominence as a printmaker who made striking innovations in this field, and this fed into the development of his series. This work, created through the medium of silkscreens, is painted with a not too imposing palette to draw the attention to the fleeting and animated movements of the anthuriums, his favorite flower (Isabella Romarate)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Untitled #85
              Sep. 09, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Untitled #85

              Est: ₱4,000,000 - ₱5,200,000

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Untitled #85 signed and dated 1985 (lower center) mixed media 36" x 48" (91 cm x 122 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Finale Art File confirming the authenticity of this lot Romulo Olazo started working on his Untitled Series in the early 1980s, debuting them in 1983 in a solo show titled “New Works” at The Luz Gallery. Patricia Tria Olazo, the artist’s wife, notes on the artist’s personal chronology in Cid Reyes’ monograph on the artist: “Olazo’s paintings take an opaque quality with the use of mixed media, acrylic, and oil on canvas.” From the success—both local honors and international exposure—that the Diaphanous Series had brought Olazo, it was evident in the Untitled works that Olazo wanted to take his artistry up another level, likely to prevent creative stagnation and locking himself up within the confines of comfort. Just as the work at hand, Untitled #85, exemplifies, Olazo preserves the irregularity of forms of the Diaphanous but strips it off with its inherent luminescence and delicate ethereality, opting instead for solidity and the use of bolder, varicolored pigments to highlight opacity thus, imbuing them with enigmatic flair. Swathes of colors seemingly engage in jarring dialogue with form, veering from the harmonious dancing of the two elements and enhanced by the airy and almost mystical quality of light in the Diaphanous. Reyes writes in the same book: “Clearly the Untitled works, by their sheer appellation, constituted Olazo’s experimental stage.” It can also be said that Olazo’s Untitled works foreshadow a transition to another acclaimed series— the Permutation Series. As the untitled works were born from the withdrawal of significant elements, so was the Permutation, retaining only the most fundamental—lines and, thus, leaving hollowed spaces. (Adrian Maranan)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Diaphanous Anthuriums #77
              Sep. 09, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) - Diaphanous Anthuriums #77

              Est: ₱2,600,000 - ₱3,380,000

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Diaphanous Anthuriums #77 signed and dated 2011 (lower right) oil on canvas 36" x 36" (91 cm x 91 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot From Claude Monet to Vincent van Gogh to Georgia O’Keeffe, a lot of the finest painters were enamored with flowers, depicting them in unique variations with ardor and gusto. Whether as still lifes or as decorative elements in domestic interiors, flowers bloom in the often brilliantly painted canvases of those figurative artists. As well, artists in our country are not immune to the seduction of flowers, this includes the abstractionist maestro Romulo Olazo. Diaphanous Anthuriums #77, done in oil on canvas, is a piece that reminds him of the day when he, having arrived from a painting session with the Saturday Group of Artists, brought to his wife an armful of anthuriums. The romantic event paved the way for a new theme in the art of Olazo. His anthurium paintings were executed at first as a realistic still life and then later rendered with his signature Diaphanous approach, flattened but still retaining its distinctly recognizable heart shape, a shape that evokes the universal emotion of love. For Olazo, the anthurium was a flower that moved his heart. (Isabella Romarate)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Jul. 29, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱10,000 - ₱13,000

              Portrait of a Lady signed and dated 1977 (lower right) charcoal on paper 18” x 12” (46 cm x 30 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)
              Jul. 29, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)

              Est: ₱30,000 - ₱39,000

              Untitled signed and dated 2010 (lower right) pastel on paper 12” x 19” (30 cm x 48 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)
              Jul. 29, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)

              Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

              Diaphanous Anthuriums signed and dated 2010 (lower right) soft pastel on paper 19” x 25” (46 cm x 62 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)
              Jul. 29, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)

              Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

              Kasoy signed and dated 2010 (lower right) soft pastel on paper 20” x 25 (51 cm x 64 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)
              Jul. 29, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015)

              Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

              Anthurium signed and dated 2010 (lower right) soft pastel on paper 19” x 25” (48 cm x 64 cm) Accompanied by a certificate signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Jul. 29, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

              Diaphanous #685 stamped hahnemuhle photo rag bright white 310gsm limited edition, 23/65 16 1/2” x 22 1/2” (42 cm x 57 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Patricia Olazo and St. Luke’s Medical Center Foundation, Inc. confirming the authenticity of this lot

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Jul. 29, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

              Diaphanous #689 stamped hahnemuhle photo rag bright white 310gsm limited edition, 23/65 16 1/2” x 22 1/2” (42 cm x 57 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Patricia Olazo and St. Luke’s Medical Center Foundation, Inc. confirming the authenticity of this lot

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Jun. 17, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱500,000 - ₱650,000

              Permutation Series II No. 11 signed and dated 1990 (lower center) acrylic on paper 30" x 42" (76 cm x 107 cm) PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner Romulo Olazo was among the premiere abstractionists who left an indelible mark on the culture of Filipino abstract art. Though he is best remembered for his renowned Diaphanous series, he also created numerous works in his Permutation series, which allowed the master’s audience to witness his range of artistic vision. A charm of an Olazo piece is its simplicity, its artistic candor. Like his Diaphanous series, the Permutation series also deals with the theme of creating and building up forms, through linear overlapping instead of transparent layering. In addition to the black and white and gray lines, some pieces incorporated opaque forms and others, scumbling backgrounds. “A linear interpretation” of his “well-known diaphanous forms characterized by clean, sharp, well-defined lines,” is the Permutation series as described by his wife, Patricia, in Olazo’s 2013 monograph. In 1990, the celebrated artist ushered in the decade with the debut of his Permutation series. He also held his 15th one-man show titled “Permutation Series II” at the Luz Gallery. (P.I.R.)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Jun. 17, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱7,000,000 - ₱9,100,000

              Diaphanous B-XLIV signed and dated 1980 (lower center and verso) oil on canvas 60" x 84" (152 cm x 213 cm) Accompanied by a certificate issued by Paseo Gallery and signed by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot PROVENANCE Private Collection, Manila LITERATURE Reyes, Cid. Romulo Olazo. Mandaluyong City: Paseo Gallery, 2013. Full-color photograph and painting description on page 60. This particular piece, titled Diaphanous B-XLIV, is among the largest in Romulo Olazo’s highly coveted and highly acclaimed Diaphanous Series (and his works in general) to enter the market. It was created in 1980, a year of further international exposure and recognition for the artist. Olazo triumphantly welcomed the 1980s decade with successive international exhibitions, going from strength to strength with each show: the ASEAN Exhibition of Prints and Photographs at Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia; Philippine Paintings: Old and New exhibition at The Hague, Netherlands; Philippine Contemporary Art expo in Hong Kong; Festival; Contemporary Asian Art Show at Fukuoka City, Japan. Created within the span of more than four decades, beginning in the early 1970s, Olazo’s Diaphanous Series represents the artist at the zenith of his artistic prowess. Diaphanous, from the Greek words “dia” (through) and “phaenin” (to show), encapsulate Olazo’s innovative approach in exhibiting delicate textures and the sublime relationship between light, forms, and space, resulting in airy, translucent compositions that exalts light and its penetrating and powerful impermanence. Olazo’s creative praxis in his Diaphanous Series evokes the Japanese philosophical concept of mono no aware—beauty in transience. In the work at hand, Olazo’s ingenious employment of varying degrees of lighting in different parts of the canvas gives the fiery reds of the composition a dynamic quality. This attribute is particularly nurtured for the viewer to engross themselves not only in the beauty of ephemerality but in the elegance of personal introspection. In 1981, a year after he painted this piece, Olazo would be honored as one of the “Five Outstanding Living Artists by esteemed art critics Leonidas V. Benesa, Rod. Paras-Perez, and Emmanuel Torres. The other four artists in the selection were titans of Philippine modern art: Cesar Legaspi, Ang Kiukok, Arturo Luz, and Napoleon Abueva. (A.M.)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Jun. 17, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱800,000 - ₱1,040,000

              PROVENANCE Paseo Gallery, Makati City Diaphanous Anthuriums #92 signed and dated 2011 (lower center) oil on canvas 24" x 18" (61 cm x 46 cm) EXHIBITED Ayala Museum ArtistSpace, Diaphanous-Anthuriums, Organized by Paseo Gallery, Makati City, October 12 - 25, 2012 From Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh to Georgia O’Keeffe, a lot of the finest painters were enamored with flowers, which they depicted in unique variations and with ardor and gusto, some also with devotion. Whether as still lifes or as decorative elements in domestic interiors, flowers bloom in the brilliantly painted canvases of figurative artists. As well, Filipino artists are not immune to the seduction of flowers, even the abstractionist maestro Romulo Olazo. Diaphanous Anthuriums #92, done in oil, is a piece that reminds of the day when the artist, having arrived from a painting session with the Saturday Group of Artists, brought to his wife an armful of anthuriums. The romantic event paved the way for a new theme in the art of Olazo. His anthurium paintings were executed at first as a realistic still life and then rendered with his signature Diaphanous approach, flattened but still retaining its distinctly recognizable heart shape, a shape that evokes the universal emotion of love. For Olazo, the anthurium was the favored flower that moved his heart. (P.I.R.)

              Leon Gallery
            • ROMULO OLAZO (1934-2015) Diaphanous 368 oil on canvas laid on board 46 x 61
              May. 29, 2023

              ROMULO OLAZO (1934-2015) Diaphanous 368 oil on canvas laid on board 46 x 61

              Est: $100,000 - $200,000

              ROMULO OLAZO (1934-2015) Diaphanous 368 oil on canvas laid on board 46 x 61 cm. (18 1/8 x 24 in.)

              Christie's
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Untitled
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Untitled

              Est: ₱40,000 - ₱52,000

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Untitled signed and dated 1976 (lower left) charcoal & pastel on paper 15” x 15” (38 cm x 38 cm

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Untitled
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Untitled

              Est: ₱30,000 - ₱39,000

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Untitled signed and dated 2010 (lower right) pastel on paper 12” x 19” (30 cm x 48 cm

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Abstract I, II, III
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Abstract I, II, III

              Est: ₱35,000 - ₱45,500

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Abstract I, II, III signed and dated 2010 (lower right) each pastel on paper / graphite on paper i. 15 1/2” x 11 1/4” (39 cm x 28 cm)ii. and iii. 11 1/4” x 15 1/2”(28 cm x 39 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Cast Paper LVIIICast Paper XLIVCast Paper LIXCast Paper LIIICast Paper XXXIV
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Cast Paper LVIIICast Paper XLIVCast Paper LIXCast Paper LIIICast Paper XXXIV

              Est: ₱50,000 - ₱65,000

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Cast Paper LVIIICast Paper XLIVCast Paper LIXCast Paper LIIICast Paper XXXIV signed and dated 1986 (lower right) each handmade cast paper)edition 1/5, 2/5 17 1/4” x 11 1/2” (44 cm x 29 cm

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Diaphanous I, II, and III
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Diaphanous I, II, and III

              Est: ₱1,000,000 - ₱1,300,000

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Diaphanous I, II, and III signed and dated 1975 (lower rightand lower left) each oil on canvas mounted on board 15 3/8” x 23 1/2” (39 cm x 60 cm) each Romulo Olazo is among the abstractionists who left an indelible mark on the culture of Filipino abstract art. He was skilled in improvisations and experiments, and his avant-garde approach showed how much he embraced the expressive opportunities of the graphic arts. Apart from his renowned Diaphanous and Permutation series, Olazo also produced ample works in various series – as seen in the featured lots. The Untitled Series constituted Olazo’s experimental stage as it showcased the artist’s creative genius at its most pure and fundamental state. He exhibited exquisite restraint with his deft hand and keen eye, more so with his play on light and motion. Owing to the bold and broad swathes of assorted colors, the abundance of drama and gravity in this series is apparent. The shapes and planes seem predestined to be cohesive in the construction of spatial complexity, creating a delicate as well as elegant effect. On the other hand, the Cast Paper series is also one of the unique creations of Olazo. The pieces are dated 1986. In July of that year, Olazo held a one-man show titled Paintings, Monotypes and Cast Paper at the Luz Gallery, with 43 pieces exhibited: eight Untitled series, 11 serigraph monotypes, and 24 handmade cast paper. Then in October, the first fatherand- son show titled Olazo and Olazo was held at the De La Salle University, Manila, where nine handmade cast papers were among the pieces exhibited. (P.I.R.)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Nude
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Nude

              Est: ₱40,000 - ₱52,000

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Nude signed and dated 1977 (lower right) charcoal on paper 11 1/4” x 8 1/2” (29 cm x 22 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Sbe # 4
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Sbe # 4

              Est: ₱15,000 - ₱19,500

              Romulo Olazo (1921 - 2015) Sbe # 4 signed lower right screenprint 1/10 24” x 30” (61 cm x 76 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Mother and Child
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Mother and Child

              Est: ₱20,000 - ₱26,000

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Mother and Child signed (lower right) serigraph 37/110 8” x 5 1/2” (20 cm x 14 cm)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Feb. 18, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱4,800,000 - ₱6,240,000

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Diaphanous B-LXLIX signed and dated 1990 (lower right oil on canvas 48" x 60" (122 cm x 152 cm) PROVENANCE Private Collection, Hong Kong Romulo Olazo welcomed the 1990s with eager anticipation for his silver anniversary in the Philippine art scene in 1994. The celebrated artist also ushered in the decade with the debut of his Permutation series, which his wife Patricia Tria Olazo describes in Romulo's personal chronology in the 2013 monograph on the artist, as "a linear interpretation" of his "well-known diaphanous forms characterized by clean, sharp, well-defined lines." Even as he progressed into another series at the dawn of the new decade, Olazo never abandoned the concept and essence of his Diaphanous series, even taking inspiration from it to form another dashing series that captured his distinct visual language of exploring both abstraction and figuration and his ingenious fusion of the two. The work at hand, Diaphanous B-LXLIX, created in 1990, captures Olazo in that moment of transition from one theme to another, yet still keeping hold of his quintessential subject that catapulted him to artistic distinction. As Cid Reyes writes in the book Romulo Olazo: "Romulo Olazo's Diaphanous works constitute an entire life production and, in the annals of contemporary Philippine art, are unequaled as a sustained meditation on a focused theme, using an unswerving, determined technique." Until his passing, Olazo showed his profound indebtedness to an ethereal spirit manifested in the sublimity of his Diaphanous works, which gracefully flowed like a visual orchestra for four decades in his prolific career. (A.M.)

              Leon Gallery
            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Feb. 18, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱100,000 - ₱130,000

              PROPERTY FROM THE LETICIA RAMOS SHAHANI COLLECTION Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Portrait of a Boy signed, inscribed Tiwi, Bicol and dated 5/78 (lower left) pastel on paper 18 1/2" x 12" (47 cm x 30 cm) Portrait of a Boy would hang in the Philippine Embassy residence in Canberra, Australia, while Senator Ramos Shahani was ambassador — but it would also become famous as the face of ‘The Year of the Child’, selected by the Fookien Times Yearbook, one of the Philippines' longest-running publications for a special commemorative calendar for 1980. The Fookien Times was the largest Chinese language newspaper in the Philippines at one time and was founded by Go Puan Seng. who would become its legendary editor. His eldest daughter was none other than the distinguished publisher Betty Go-Belmonte who would found the Philippine Star. Betty was also the wife of Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr., former Speaker of the House. Chanda Narciso Ramos Shahani, son of the senator, recalls Betty GoBelmonte, rang his mother longdistance in Australia to ask if she could use the sketch to represent the Filipino child. “They were like sisters and Tita Betty was like a second mother to us,” he reminisces. “And for some reason, she knew about the Olazo and loved it so much, she asked to use it to represent the Year of the Child.” It was Chanda who would photograph and send the image of the Olazo to Mrs. Go-Belmonte. “I was just 15, a high-school student in Australia, working with an amateur camera, but somehow one of my photos passed the Fookien Times’s high standards. I guess, it’s a tribute to the power of this seemingly simple work.” (Lisa Guerrero Nakpil)

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            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Feb. 18, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱1,800,000 - ₱2,340,000

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Diaphanous No. 358 signed and dated 1981 (lower right) oil on canvas 24" x 32" (61 cm x 81 cm) PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist LITERATURE: Reyes, Cid. Romulo Olazo. Makati City: Paseo Gallery, 2013. Full color illustration and painting description on page 68. Diaphanous? What is that? A beautiful word, a meaningful name, or a poetic title — well, all are correct in relation to the revered series of Romulo Olazo. The meaning of diaphanous is often asked in exhibitions, interviews, and even simple conversations about Filipino abstract art. Diaphanous, as defined by dictionaries, is “light, delicate, and translucent.” Furthermore, it is characterized by extreme delicacy of form, a finesse of texture as to permit seeing through, so thin as to transmit light. The unfamiliar word greeted the art scene in the early seventies, it sounded unique to artists and viewers alike. However, the word was actually a jeweled word in the world of literature, one that could make a prose glitter. In Louisa May Alcott’s famed book Little Women: “This phantom wore many faces, but it always had golden hair, was enveloped in a diaphanous cloud…” The word appeared in numerous notable novels as well, from Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace to Beyond the City by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Olazo’s Diaphanous, a series that he developed in 1972, constitutes an entire life work, with a staggering 25,000 in studies, drawings, and paintings in canvas and paper executed through a span of four decades. (P.I.R.)

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            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Feb. 18, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱200,000 - ₱260,000

              PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A DISTINGUISHED COUPLE Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Untitled signed and dated 1986 (lower left) oil on board 14 1/2" x 24" (37 cm x 61 cm) The charm of an Olazo piece is its simplicity, its artistic candor. Apart from his renowned Diaphanous and Permutation series, Olazo also produced a sizable collection in his Untitled Series. Most of Olazo’s Untitled pieces showcased the artist’s creative genius at its most pure and fundamental state. The modern maestro exhibited exquisite restraint with his deft hand and keen eye, more so with his play on light and motion – as is in this oil painting. Owing to the bold and broad swathes of assorted colors, the abundance of drama and gravity in this piece is apparent. The shapes and planes seem predestined to be cohesive in the construction of spatial complexity, creating a delicate as well as elegant effect. Though Olazo is best remembered for his major works, without his Untitled Series, we would have never witnessed the master’s raw artistic vision. A celebrated personality in the art world, Olazo is among the premiere abstractionists who left an indelible mark on the culture of Filipino abstract art. In 1986, he held a solo show at the Luz Gallery in July with 43 pieces exhibited, among those are eight Untitled pieces. The influential curator Ray Albano and Olazo also had a two-man show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. And in October, the first father-and-son show titled “Olazo and Olazo" was held at the De La Salle University, Manila. (P.I.R.)

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            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Feb. 18, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱240,000 - ₱312,000

              PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A DISTINGUISHED COUPLE Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Hong Kong Suite #86 signed and dated 1995 (lower right) acrylic on paper with pinatubo ash 14" x 18" (36 cm x 46 cm) The Hong Kong Suite series of Romulo Olazo started in 1995, as the first piece of it is dated that year. He, the artist, was known to adopt a system of assigning a serial that utilized Roman or Arabic numerals, as exhibited in his Diaphanous series. The system was implemented to catalog and maintain a record of the number of paintings that Olazo has produced. However, these Hong Kong Suite series are actually part of Olazo’s Untitled Series. The Untitled Series constituted Olazo’s experimental stage. His works under this series took his art to a new dimension. Although it is regarded by some as a betrayal of his beloved Diaphanous, others view it as artistic transition. The Untitled Series was described in the monograph Romulo Olazo as: “In gestural abstraction, the artist makes his presence felt, involved as he is in the very act of painting. In geometric abstraction, the artist makes his departure known by leaving behind the tracks of Euclid and his mental meanderings.” Olazo, with this series, succumbed to the intensity of one and the indulgence of the other, but preserved the integrity of both. A decade earlier when this artwork was created, in the ‘80s, Olazo participated in two major art exhibitions in Hong Kong: Philippine Contemporary Art in 1980 and Trends in Philippine Art in 1983. (P.I.R.)

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            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Feb. 18, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱3,400,000 - ₱4,420,000

              PROPERTY FROM THE ARCHITECTS ANTONIO AND CRISTINA TURALBA COLLECTION Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Diaphanous 253 signed and dated 1981 (lower left) oil on canvas 60" x 36" (152 cm x 91 cm) PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist The dynamic husband-and-wife team, Architects Antonio A. Turalba Sr. and Maria Cristina V. Turalba birthed one of the leading institutions in the real estate industry, Active Group of Companies. What began as an architectural design firm in 1970 prospered into a prolific real estate conglomerate built on its mission of building homes and creating "better lifestyles and communities for the Filipino." A UP graduate, Active Group's Chairman Antonio A. Turalba Sr. ranked fifth in the 1970 licensure examination for architects. In 1978, he became the first private sector representative to the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. He was a recipient of the UP Alumni Association Award in Architecture in 1989 and named "Outstanding Professional in Architecture" by the Professional Regulatory Commission in 1996. Antonio Sr. is a noted environmental planner, a Fellow of the United Architects of the Philippines, and a former president of the Chamber of Real Estate Brokers Associations (CREBA) and Rotary Makati East. Pioneering Filipino female architect and Active Group's Vice Chairman Maria Cristina V. Turalba is a retired University of the Philippines associate professor. She holds an MA in Environmental Planning from the same institution and a post-master's degree in Housing from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and the Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia. She is a recipient of the UP Alumni Association Outstanding Professional Award in Architecture. In 2020, she was granted the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining Award for Architecture, the highest award given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Maria Cristina is a heritage advocate who has led several major heritage-related undertakings of the United Architects of the Philippines’ Sentro ng Arkitekturang Pilipino, which she once headed. She has authored the books Philippine Heritage Architecture before 1521 to the 1970s (with Geronimo Manahan and Maria Joycelyn Bolhayon Mananghaya) and Philippine Heritage Homes (with Martin I. Tinio Jr. and Jaime Laya). Together, they built the august Active Group, which now encompasses a wide range of architectural ventures, including economic, socialized, and middle-income housing, high-rises, and resort and leisure communities, such as Architects Antonio and Cristina Turalba. Image courtesy of www.business.inquirer.net the world-class Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club and Residential Estates, Porto Laiya, and Mozzafiato. Just recently, the Active Group lent financial support to 75 underprivileged students from the UP Los Baños - College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology through its “Turalba Scholarship Fund.” (A.M.) Romulo Olazo’s Diaphanous oeuvre is a one-ofa-kind form of abstraction that draws its origins from the Filipino identity: an amalgam of culture, climate, and character combined with local aesthetic concepts formed through history. The term “diaphanous” has its origins in the Greek words dia and phainein, which translates to “through” and “to show.” Olazo’s approach is reminiscent of the age-old painting technique of glazing wherein translucent layers of oil paint are applied thinly and evenly until the desired tone and texture are achieved. The layered textures acquire qualities often related to sheets of wispy cloth, thus creating what is now Olazo’s notable series. In the Diaphanous, form and color are fused as one in a subtle but interlocked relationship, and from this union emanates a spectral look. Olazo’s compositions in this series are veritable visions of light. Taken together, we are led to visualize delicate, fragile, and even seemingly ephemeral ensembles. The closer they appear to the naked eye, the more organic they seem to become. The thin films of color further lend to the sacral aspect of the piece, as they interact with each other through overlapping sequences. As written in the monograph titled Romulo Olazo: “What distinguishes Olazo’s Diaphanous paintings from all other abstract works in the country and even elsewhere is the viewer’s immediate reception which is a mixture of awe verging on a sense of solemnity.” (P.I.R.)

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            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Jan. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

              PROPERTY FROM THE RAMON ZARAGOZA COLLECTION Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015) Untitled signed (lower right) ca. Feb 1981 pastel on paper 13” x 23” (33 cm x 58 cm) PROVENANCE A gift from the artist

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            • Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)
              Jan. 21, 2023

              Romulo Olazo (1934 - 2015)

              Est: ₱60,000 - ₱78,000

              Romulo Olazo (1934-2015) Mother and Child signed and dated 1984 (upper right) pastel on paper 15” x 21” (38 cm x 53 cm)

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