international print masters like Picasso,
Rouault, Matisse, and Chagall, as well as
woodblock prints by J apanese artists like
Munakata and Saito.
Manuel Rodriguez and Rodolfo Paras-Perez
return to the Philippines, and usher in the
graphic-art movement in the country.
Manila Daily Bulletin
among other major publications feature
articles on printmaking in the Philippines.
Manuel Rodriguez Sr. reorganizes
his Contemporary Art Gallery into the
Contemporary Graphic Arts Workshop soon
after his return.
The US Embassy brings a travelling
exhibition of 40 works by leading American
printmakers to Manila and Cebu.
Rodriguez begins holding summer art
classes for beginners, advanced students,
and special students, at the Contemporary
Graphic Arts Workshop (CGAW) in Malate.
An exhibition of Filipino graphic arts in
Bangkok, features the works of Manuel
Rodriguez, Sr., Manuel Rodriguez, Jr., Arturo
Luz, Rodolfo Perez, and Hilario Francia.
The University of Santo Tomas hosts a ten-
year retrospective exhibition of graphic art.
The Manila Bulletin reports the Philippines
is at the “Dawn of a Golden Era of Art.”
The report features President Ferdinand
Marcos’s Independence Day speech, where
he encourages Philippine graphic artists
to “play a more active role in the nation’s
Ateneo de Manila University and the
University of the East both acquire etching
presses, to address the needs of a growing
number of printmakers in the Philippines.
The first Inter-Asian Graphic Art Festival in
Manila is co-hosted by the Art Association
of the Philippines and the Aristocrat Awards.
Graphic artists from Asia, with several from
Japan, participate in the festival.
Printmakers like Manuel Rodriguez, Jr.,
Marcelino Rodriguez, Lucio Martinez, and
Efren Zaragosa exhibit their works at Manuel
Rodriguez, Sr.’s Contemporary Graphic Arts
Workshop in Malate.
Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. makes his mark in