Gus Albor (born August 1948) is a painter and sculptor known for his minimalist abstraction works. He graduated from the University of the East School of Music and Fine Arts. After 5
years, he earned a one-year British Council Study grant to the West Surrey College of Art in England. He was a CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee and has participated in major exhibitions and
art events in the Philippines, USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, and China. Some of these events are: the First Selection of Philippine Art by the Museum of Philippine Art (MOPA), 1981;
and 100 years of Philippine Painting Exhibition held at the Pacific Asia Museum, in Pasadena, California, 1984.
Augusto Albor: The Art of Attentiveness
by Karl-Heinz Stockheim | The Philippines’ Honorary Consul General for North Rhine Westphaliam Germany (taken from Immaterial c. 2010)
To do justice to the work of the artist Augusto Albor, it is necessary to let people speak who have known him for years and have dealt themselves intensively with his oeuvre. The late Raymundo Albano, curator of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, described the art’s early phase as being
preoccupied with articulating a surface of great attentiveness while his current interest is directed towards the metaphysical.
Mischa Volgtli describes the effect this has. The viewer, he says, is completely absorbed by this electrifying yet so harmonious art. His influence, according to Cesare Syjuco, is immeasurable
even on artists twice his age. National artist Arturo Luz completes this acclaim with succinct statement that: “Augusto Albor is quite simply the best that the Philippines has to offer.”
In the last 40 years, Augusto Albor’s art has been shown in dozens of individual and group exhibitions. I have had the honor to launch a presentation of his art in Germany. On top of that,
his works have traveled to Hong Kong, New Delhi, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Beijing, Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur.
Numerous national and international distinctions, and awards are a evidence of the recognition of Albor’s art. Augusto Albor is far more modest than the praise which the critics bring him.