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Lydia Velasco

Lydia Velasco studied Fine Arts, Majoring in Advertising at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. After finishing college, she worked for the advertising agency Philprom. She later became Art Director for several multinational advertising companies in Manila such as Bates Alcantara, J. Walter Thompson, Pacifica, Ace Compton, Basic Advertising, and McCann-Erickson. It wasn't until 1988 when she finally ventured into entrepreneurship as co-owner of the advertising photography and graphic design office Lightmoves Photo/Design, Inc.

It was in 1992 that Lydia Velasco began to paint. Her initial works were muted and monochromatic in approach, apparent reflections of the artist’s soul seeking its identity in the art world.  Over time, Velasco developed her art, medium, and style. She eventually focused on women as her subjects -- strong, vigorous, hardworking, independent and assertive, yet at the same time tender, caring, graceful and sensual -- reflective of all the facets of the artist's inner self. Lydia's portrayal of women exhibit the ideal Filipino woman, she tries to portray women from their own perception of themselves and values the proper representation of women in art.

Velasco has participated in numerous group shows since 1993 and started her solo exhibitions in 1996. Her works have been auctioned by international auction houses such as Sotheby’s, Borobudur, Larasati, and Masterpiece. Her works are held by art collectors in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, the U.K., and the USA.

source: MOMFA