In celebration of his 100th birth anniversary, SM Aura Premier, with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts held an exhibit for the National Artist for Visual Arts and King of Comics: Francisco V. Coching’s Centennial Exhibit entitled “King of Komiks”, last February 18 to 24 at the Upper Ground Floor Atrium, SM Aura Premier.
Francisco V. Coching was recognized as Philippine National Artist for Visual Arts in June 2014 for giving form, in words and artwork, to the complex mix of mythology, romance, human drama, legends and heroes that somehow developed the visual consciousness of the ordinary Filipinos from the 19403 up to his retirement in 1973.
He mesmeized readers with his ink and brush drawings. Fine fluid lines, dramatic compositions and unusual perspectives are the hallmarks of a Caching artwork. He was a master storyteller, who created plots simmering with action, adventure and fantasy. Almost all of his sixty-some serialized novels were made into popular movies. It is believed that Coching’s komiks helped promote the national language in the country.
Coching succeeded in bridging the gap between fine art and popular art. He initiated aspiring artists into comics illustration, in fact, his art style is still being emulated by countless artists in contemporary art, painting and animation.
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