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Mario Torres Parial

Maestro Mario Parial has carved a name for his art and his alma mater, in the field of graphic art—being esteemed as a multi awarded Filipino painter, printmaker, sculptor and photographer whose masterpieces have been sold at Sotheby’s, considered the world’s preeminent fine art auctioneer.

Known for the disarming “naïf style” of his art, he conjures folk and mythological subjects, where the woman figure is central to the composition.. He has garnered top prizes from almost all the leading art competition in the country, foremost of which are the following: “Flight in the Sun” in the first Art Association of the Philippine Graphic Arts; “Moriones” in the PAL Art Competition and “The World Has Many Faces,” at the 16th SNSAC Sculpture category. In 1972, the Cultural Center of the Philippines honored him as one of the year’s Thirteen Artist awardees.

He is a prolific artist, diligently driven by his muse, enabling him to exhibit his works extensively in the Philippines and in other countries since his first solo show in 1965. As a fine arts student at UST, Parial blazed a wide swath as a graphic artist doing mainly rubbercuts and woodcuts, but also indulging in etching, serigraphy and lithography on the side. He actively continued to produce prints until the late 1960s.

The succeeding decade of the 1970s engaged Parial in sporadic print productions, after which he returned to his old love, acrylic and oil painting-- a passion he has never abandoned into the present.

Mr. Parial found time to teach painting, printmaking and photography at UST without diminishing his prodigious atelier. The steady march of his one-man and group shows was capped by his “Philippine Images” showcase at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, USA in 2000 and the issuance for the National Stamp Collecting Month of a rubber cut entitled “Bulbs” for the Philippine Post Office in 2005.

He is happily married to Carina Claro, with whom he has two children.

Reference:

  • TOTAL Awards 2009 Souvenir Program
    28 February 2009, UST Plaza Mayor
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