“Diaphanous No. 62” 1976
Oil on canvas. 121.92 x 91.44 cm; 48 x 36 in Philippine Investment Management (PHINMA) Group
Discourses on the Diaphanous
Executed through a span of four decades, yielding more than a staggering 25,000 in studies, sketches and paintings in canvas and paper, exploring imagery both abstract, figurative, and their hybridized amalgam, Romulo Olazo’s Diaphanous works constitute an entire life production and, in the annals of contemporary Philippine art, are unequalled as a sustained meditation on a focused theme, using an unswerving, determined technique.
In their breadth and intensity of vision, Olazo’s works invite tangential parallels, not exaggeratedly, with the works of Mondrian and Rothko. In an art system where the market demands an ever-evolving production of differentiated subjects and styles, Olazo’s obstinacy to pursue the Diaphanous borders on incomprehensible willfulness, courting a judgment of artistic paralysis.
- CID REYES / FROM THE BOOK: ROMULO OLAZO