Pablo "Adi" Baen Santos (b.1943)

santosOne of the recipients of the Thirteen Artists Award given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1990.Won best of the bests of the watercolorists in 2007. This UP fine arts graduate is a leading light in the social realism genre, which continues to expose or portray the social ills of our nation, constantly investigating the capacity of an image with each brush stroke. Was the founding chair of Kaisahan, the first organized group of young nationalist Filipino painters that went into the thick of the protest art movement during the Marcos regime. Art then was considered to be too sacred to get mixed with politics but he did exhibit at the Sining Kamalig, in 1975, paintings highly critical of the socio-political situation during the dictatorial rule. Equipped with a manifesto, the group mounted an exhibit entitled, KKK which stood for Katotohanan, Kabuluhan, Kasalukuyan (Truth, Relevance, Present) in 1977. He introduced his invention of a printing process using a mortar or paste squeezed through a metal screen at the "Playground Analog" exhibit in Ateneo Art Gallery. His works have been exhibited locally and abroad in both solo and group exhibition since the 1970s, and are also housed in the art collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Central Bank of the Philippines National Museum, and the Singapore Art Museum. He was interviewed by Kolesnikov-Jessop for her article, "The birth of a region's political art" issue of International Herald Tribune, The New York Times.