Manuel Baldemor


About the Artist

Manuel Baldemor is a multi-talented Filipino. He is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, writer and book illustrator. He hails from the artistic town of Paete, Laguna province known for its woodcarvers.

No other Filipino painter captures the warmth of Christmas in the Philippines better than Manuel D. Baldemor. He has contributed more than 24 designs for reproduction on UNICE’s greeting cards and are distributed worldwide. For 18 straight years, UNICEF has continuously chosen Baldemor’s work, a remarkable feat considering the many submissions from all over the world competing for the honor.

Baldemor no longer freezes his character in mere portraits. He imbues life and action into his art and lets viewers become on with the character in his “Philippine People Power”, a 2009 epic Mosaic mural installed on 3 x 5 meter wall inside Basilica os St Therese of the child Jesus in Lisieux France.

The mosaic is signatory of the Philippine experience that is celebrated People Power and Filipino people bathed in a sea of red and blue symbolizing its National Flag. His global accomplishments extend even beyond this institution. So far, Baldemor has held numerous oneman exhibits in museums and galleries not only in the Philippines but around the world including Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Tokyo, Cairo, Teheran, Tel-Aviv, Ankara, Cascais, Lisbon, Madrid, Santiago, Singapore, Acapulco, Mexico City, Taxco, Munich, Berlin, Mainz, Dusseldorf, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Warsaw, Budapest, Moscow, Bern, Basel, Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, London, Paris, Edinburg, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and New York. He received 24 local and international awards and grants and has been chosen artist0in-residence in Japan, Israel, Portugal, Estonia, Singapore, Mexico, Chile and Switzerland.

On a personal level, Manuel D. Baldemor does not exhibit any aura at all of any superior artistic airs; but rather, conduct himself as quiet, folksy manner. Such is his humility and selflessness, as chairman of the antituberculosis (TB) seal since 1990 to present, for their postage stamp campaign. Since nature and the environment have inspired most of Baldemor’s painting. He designed the SM Supermalls Green Bag as part of SM’s commitment to promote programs for environmental preservation.