Victorio C. Edades (December 23, 1895 – March 7, 1985)
He led the revolutionary Thirteen Moderns, who engaged their classical compatriots in heated debate over the nature and function of art. His introduction to modern ideas into the Philippine art scene, managed to destroy the conventions of domestic art, and also got rid of the clichéd ideology he believed stunted the development of Philippine art. Edades attested that "art is ever the expression of man's emotion, and not a mere photographic likeness of nature. Thus to express his individual emotion, the artist is privileged to create in that distinctive form that best interprets his own experience. And the distortion of plastic elements of art such as line, mass and color – is one of the many ways of expressing one's rhythmic form." That was the reason why his disproportionate figures are made that way – for the sake of composition. He was named a National Artist in 1976.
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