The exhibition provides an introduction and perspective on the work of Spanish-Filipino painter Fernando Zóbel. The paintings on show embody a synthesis and harmony of Asian and Western painting techniques and show the artist’s formal progression in the mastery and control of material, technique, and concept.
Described as a transnational artist, Zóbel was born in Manila, Philippines and educated at Harvard University in Boston. He was a key figure in the modern art movement in the Philippines in the 1950s. He purchased the work of young Filipino artists and donated this collection to the Ateneo de Manila University. This core collection formed the nucleus for the Ateneo Art Gallery, which is recognized as the first museum of Philippine modern art. He lived in Spain after 1960 and formed close ties with Spanish artists during the ascendancy of Spanish abstract painting. He founded the Museo del Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca, Spain in 1966. In 1967, Ayala Museum was established in the Philippines, inspired by the role he played in the education and appreciation of arts among Filipino artists and the public.
- Francesco Zobel, exhibition view, Fondaco Marcello, 2017