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12/05/2010: National Artist Imao's Works in Back to Back Exhibit at Philippine Embassy

National Artist Imao's Works in Back to Back Exhibit at Philippine Embassy

12 MAY 2010 WASHINGTON, DC – The works of National Artist for Sculpture Abdulmari Asia Imao will be featured in a back-to-back exhibit at the Embassy from May 26 – 31.  The first Filipino Muslim artist to be honored as National Artist, Imao’s use of indigenous ukkil, sarimanok and naga motifs have “popularized and instilled in the consciousness of the Filipino nation and other peoples as original Filipino creations.”  Also featured in the exhibit are the works of Imao’s son, Jose Mari Imao.  A dentist by profession, Jose Mari is noted as a muralist and portrait artist.  He was commissioned to do a series of official portraits of the Senate Presidents of the Republic of the Philippines.  The exhibit, entitled “Henerasyon: Two Generations of Imao Art,” is open to public from May 26-31 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Embassy’s Carlos P. Romulo Hall. END