Angel Cacnio in one of his exhibitions for the NCCA Gallery in 2016 (Photo by NCCA Twitter account)

Multi-award winning Filipino artist Angel Cacnio died of pneumonia on July 13, 2021, at the age of 90. The news of his death was announced by his son, the sculptor Ferdinand Cacnio, through a Facebook post.

“Many will remember Angel Cacnio as a prolific painter, masterfully capturing various Filipino genre subjects,” Ferdinand said. “For us, it’s Papa, Papa, Lolo, or Tiyo Angel — simple, kind, and God fearing.

Born in 1931, Angel was the artistic pride of Malabon City. He married Amelia and eventually started a family of artists. His talents were evident at such a young age and were honed when he studied fine arts at the University of the Philippines (UP).

Among his best works are his paintings “Tatlong Sabungero“(1953) and“ The Capture of Mabini ”(1964), which earned him top honors. In the 1980s his works shifted from canvases to coins and banknotes, as his designs were used by the Central Bank for the 50 and 25 centavo coins and for the 20 and 100 peso banknotes.

Angel has also co-founded various organizations such as the Sining Tambobong Foundation and Malabon Tourism. His home in the city also serves as an art gallery showcasing his masterpieces and the works of Malabon artists.

According to Ferdinand, his father’s wake is at the Diamond 1 Chapel of Loyola Memorial in Marikina. The day of burial will be Friday July 16, 2021.

Rest in peace, Angel Cacnio.



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