RAUL G. ISIDRO
a visual artist, who graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, Major in Advertising Arts, has been a consistent recipient of various awards as a student and as a professional artist. In 1979, he became a "TOYM" awardee in the field of Fine Arts as a result of his achievements and contribution in Philippine art. In 1981, Isidro was given a Cultural Grant by the Australian Foreign Affairs and lectured about Philippine Art in universities in the cities of Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. The University of Santo Tomas, Isidro's alma mater, has awarded him twice "The Outstanding Thomasian Award for Visual Arts" in 1982 and in 2006.
Isidro as a busy art educator, found time to join various national art exhibitions and competitions. In 1968, Isidro joined and won in the AAP Outdoor Sculpture Competition for the Luneta Park. In 1972, his two entries in the National PAP Print Competition won him both the Grand Prize and the First Prize.
His leadership qualities became evident when he was appointed as Director of the PWU College of Fine Arts in 1975. In 1983, Isidro was elected President of the prestigious Art Association of the Philippines (AAP). From 1999 through 2006, he headed as President the Philippine Association of Printmakers (PAP). With funding assistance from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the private sector, Isidro organized the PAP Traveling Workshop and Exhibition with other printmakers which brought printmaking to the country sides in more than twenty destinations in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and in selected Metro Manila universities. The team of artists conducted hands on exposure on the diverse techniques in the art of printmaking to the local communities of artists.
Isidro freely shares his time and talent with the community by giving free lectures and workshops for the development of future artists. In 1973, he organized and sponsored in his hometown, Calbayog City, the First Children's Art Competition. The said competition continued for more than thirty years and has produced since then nationally established artists. He interacted with the local artists in Negros and in other areas encouraging provincial artists to join national competitions and exhibitions.
During his ten-year stint in Northern California, U.S.A., Isidro was appointed as a Board Member of the Hayward Art's Council and a Member of the Public Art Committee of the city. Isidro's art is also appreciated in other countries and has gained recognition as a practicing visual artist. His major artworks are found in different corporate settings, commercial establishments and in private collections. Some of his works have been featured in several coffee table books and other reference materials.
In summary, Isidro, a visionary, in his 40 years as a professional artist, will not stop in his crusade to develop and encourage art appreciation in the grassroots.