Angelito "Mang Lito" Antonio (born February 3, 1939) is a Filipino painter. He was born in Malolos, Bulacan. Since he was young, he was already earning titles and awards from various contests. He studied at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and obtained his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in 1963, he then became one of the faculties where he taught for many years.
Studying art in the University of Santo Tomas, he has an art career that spans half a century. Some of the well-known painters were his teacher in the University, this includes: Manansala and Galo Ocampo. His colleagues included National Artist Ang Kiukok, Antonio Austria, Danilo Dalena, Mario Parial, Jaime de Guzman, and Norma Bellza (His wife). More than twenty local and international awards were to his credit, including the Grandprize (1964) and Third prize (1963) on AAP's Annual art competition and is a member of Art Association of the Philippines and the Saturday Group of Artists.
In 1977, Antonio first showed his works at the Luz gallery, Included in this exhibit are four sets of drawing with three to four paintings per set and his 12 monochromatic black and white paintings. Antonio is also a well-decorated artist, with numerous exhibits hosted abroad, particularly in New York and Saigon. Antonio's style takes roots from foreign artist Picasso. He had experimented greatly with colors to delineate his figures. His works' themes are taken extensively from folk genre. He is also one of the Masters of Modernism.
Antonio's more recent works see him moving toward abstraction, or a mix of the abstract and the figurative. He has been labeled both a modernist and an expressionist, successfully crafting an aesthetic that has allowed him to maintain his practice for over 50 years, exhibiting both here and abroad. He is probably one of the last pillars of Modernism, adhering to its core tenet of dynamic expression.
There are various exhibits that Antonio has entered; some of the few exhibits where as follows:
"La Musique" exhibit features Antonio, Cacnio, Rubio
An exhibition in Galerie Stephanie at Libis that displays the works by painters Angelito Antonio and Dominic Rubio and sculptor Michael Cacnio, Shows how to artforms- music and the visual arts- capture the ephemerality on the subject "La Musique."
Angelito Antonio's recent works on paper; Neil Gaiman winner exhibits at Liongoren.
Black and white is typically used to make an impulse visible in the language of art; it is also the medium with which words race across pages to concretely communicate one's thoughts.
One of the continuation form the new series where the pieces on craft paper he exhibited in 2013's "Pares-Pares", a group show featuring works of seven pairs of artist couples at Liongoren. This series treads between the abstract and the calligraphic that are similar to sketches, lending themselves more easily to story telling, without fully leaving the folk themes of his earlier pieces. Taking the aggression and dynamism of his expressionist tendencies a step further, they can be seen to mark a turning point in for Antonio, making it clear that he has earned the confidence to show work that runs closer to the bone.
source: wiki May 2023