CONRADO MERCADO BIOGRAPHY

Conrado Mercado hails from Bustos, Bulacan, Philippines. He was born on October 20, 1945 to parents Conrado, Sr., a civil engineer and to Conception nee Camacho, a former school teacher. The youngest of three sons, Conrado is the only one who showed a penchant for the art. His entry into this field is by ni means an accident. He holds A Fine Arts degree from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila which has produced a long line of fine artists. The painter-sculptor worked as an art director for a local advertising firm before embarking on a full-time, free-lance art career. The artist alternately switches from sculptor to painting revealing the same eloquent and dynamic effect. He says “the medium may differ but both are basically visual.” He projects a maturity of purpose, acutely concerned of his outward and inward surroundings and exudes and aesthetic sensitivity and vision akin only to an artist of his caliber and capability. Occasionally, he takes a leave of absence from the confines of his studio to take time-out for sights, sounds and play.

His works in private collections are in the following: State Guest House, Malacanang Palace; Philippine Village Hotel; Makati Hotel; Zambayan Hotel; Union ’76, California; APEX Mining Corporation; Congeneric Corporation; Prescon Philippines,Inc; Hooven Aluminum; National Art Center; Federal Builders Inc,, Araneta Coliseum; Merchant Development Corporation; Philippine National Bank; First National City Bank; Filipinas Manufacturer’s Bank; Commercial Bank and Trust Company; Far East Bank; Abbott Lighter, Hongkong; Roberto Escojido, Italy; Arthur Freeman, Chicago; Michael Zinman, New York; Benjamin Besa; Roman Cruz; David Consunji; Cristina Mentilibano; Amelito Mutuc; Pitoy Moreno; Vincent Dayrit; Leonardo Bo Perez; Gabriel Lecaros; Gerardo Roxas; Jose Drilon; Lewis Edward; Luis Benedicto.

A record of his exhibition are as follow; 1968- One-Man Show, Capitol Rural Bank, Quezon City: 1969- Group Show, Delta Motor Showroom, Manila; 1970- One-Man Show, Manila Hilton Art Center; Group Show, Dimock Gallery, George Washington University, Washington D.C.; Group Show, AAP Art Gallery, ENESCO Cultural Hall, Manila; 1971- Second India Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India; Group Show, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila; 1972- One-Man Show, Gallery One, Greenhills, San Juan; Group Show, Miladay Art Center, Makati; 1973- One-Man Show, Miladay Art Center, MAkati; XIV Salon International Paris- Sud, Juvisy Sur, Orge, Paris, France; Group Show, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Pasay City; 1974- One-Man Show, Village Gallery, Philippine Village Hotel, Pasay City; 1975- One-Man Show, Quad Gallery, Makati; One-Man Show, Sining Kamalig, Pasay City; 1976- One-Man Show, The Luz Gallery, Makati; Group Show, Luz Gallery, Makati; Group Show, The Manila Hilton Art Center, Manila; Group Show, Metro Gallery, Makati; 1977- One-Man Show, Quorum Galleries, Wyndham, Hongkong; Group Show, Museum of Philippine Art, Manila; 1978- One-Man Show, The Luz Gallery, Makati; Group Show, Museum of Philippine Art, Manila; 1979- Group Show, Galerie Bleue, Makati; Group Show, Museum of Philippine Art, Manila; 1980- One-Man Show, Sining Kamalig, Regent of Manila; Group Show, Museum of Philippine Art, Manila; 1993- SPS Annual Hotel Nikko, Makati; 1994- Society of Philippine Sculptors, The Art Center, Megamall; 1995- Society of Philippine Sculptors, Manila Hotel; 1996 SPS Annual Kanlungan ng Sining; 1997- SPS Annual, The Art Center, Megamall; 1998- SPS Annual featuring Public Sculptures, Greenbelt Park, Makati; 1999 SPS Annual GSIS Museo ng Sining, Pasay.

He is enlisted I UST’s alumni permanent roll of honor, has gained the Outstanding Thomasian Award in the field of arts and was honored by the city of Manila with the Patnubay ng Sining Award of his achievements in sculpture. He is the founding president of Figure Artists and chiefly instrumental in reviving the then-dormant Society of Philippine Sculptors in which he served as president from 1993 to 1998.

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