Hernando Ruiz Ocamp

b. 1911, Manila, Philippines
d. 1978, Caloocan, Philippines

Hernando Ocamp Ruiz began his career as a writer in English. He was one of the organizers of the Veronicans, a young writers’ group which included Francisco Arcellana and Estrella Alfon, N.V.M. Gonzalez, Manuel Viray and Angel G. de Jesus, among others. He also became editor of the Manila Sunday Chronicle Magazine and together with Carlos Francisco, Galo B. Ocampo, and other modem artists, he was a member of the ‘Thirteen Moderns’ founded in 1938. He was also a leading member of the Saturday group of artists which met regularly at the Taza de Oro.

Most of his paintings of the 1960s belong to his ‘mutant’ period. He derived inspiration from ‘The Beginning of the End’, a science-fiction fantasy film on the mutants and strange forms spewed forth by nuclear explosions. Towards the end of the 1960s, he brought back tonalities into his abstract designs of organic shapes, creating a richer form of abstraction.

Hernando’s awards from the Art Association of the Philippines include: sixth prize, Nude with Candle and Flower, 1948; first prize, Arabesque, 1950; second prize, Man and Carabao, 1950; first prize and special award, Ancestors, 1951; honorable mention, Intramuros, 1951; third prize, Fifty-Three E, 1954; honorable mention, Fifty-Four A, 1955; second prize and purchase priz, Nativity; 1958; and first prize, Circle, 1969. He won third prize for ‘Angel’s Kiss’ in the 1949 Manila Club art exhibition. He received the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award, 1969, and the Diwa ng Lahi Award, 1976, both from the City of Manila. He was awarded the Gawad CCP para sa Sining in 1979 and was proclaimed National Artist in Visual Arts in 1991.

Biography information from Geringer Art, July 2023

Country: Philippines