Renowned Filipino avante-garde abstract painter Roy Veneracion indroduces “Syncretism”

Consul General Mary Jo Aragon flanked by Susan and renowned abstract Filipino painter Roy Veneracion during the opening of Mr. Veneracion's solo "Syncretism" exhibition currently ongoing until February 28 at the L.A. Artcore Center, located at 120 Judge John Aiso St., on Second Street, downtown, Los Angeles; More samples of his paintings can be seen at

The L.A. Artcore Center, located at 120 Judge John Aiso Street in downtown, Los Angeles is currently presenting a solo exhibition titled Syncretism, by Manila-based well-known artist Roy Veneracion from February 1st through February 28th. This exhibition brings the works of Mr. Veneracion, an artist with a three decade long career in painting and mixed media, to American audiences as his contribution to Filipino arts and culture month in Southern California.

Described as stylistically rebellious and doctrinally daring by his colleagues, Veneracion works using a hybrid synthesis of abstract and figure painting techniques in an artistic philosophy he calls “Syncretism.” Mr. Veneracion schooled at the prestigious University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts and has won several 1st prize awards in many competitions, including the prestigious Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artists Award in 1990.

He has mounted numerous one-man shows in the Philippines and is a familiar name in Asian Art circles having participated in many exhibitions around the world. His works are included in the collection of the National Museum of the Philippines, as well as in several important private collections. Roy Veneracion is a prime mover and co-founder of the Remedios Circle group of the artists active in the 1980’s.

Mr. Veneracion’s work finds in parallel art historical movements in the West: from Greco-Roman Art’s meldings, through the Romanesque and Medieval world’s appropriation of Latin and northern European indigenity; to Cubism’s prehistoric and African raids, and Neo-Dada’s re-casting of the stenciled serial figure.

Mr. Veneracion is the first-ever Filipino artists to be invited at the prestigious L.A. Artcore, Union Center for the Arts (Gallery hours are open from 12-5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays). Browse more information at