MANILA - Malacañang on Friday mourned the death of National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva, saying the contribution of the Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture "will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of every Filipino."
Abueva's works include Kaganapan, Kiss of Judas, the Sunburst at the Manila Peninsula, the Nine Muses in front of the UP Faculty Center, and the bronze figure of Teodoro M. Kalaw in front of the National Library, according to the the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.
He was the youngest National Artist awardee at the age of 46. The Abueva family announced his passing at 88 years old earlier this week.
“The Palace extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of National Artist Napoleon Abueva. We join the entire nation in mourning the passing of an exemplary artist,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
“Mr. Abueva also paved the way for the recognition of authentic Filipino talent in the global art scene, with his works installed in different museums both here and abroad,” Roque said.