Angelito L. David
Angelito L. David has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has had a long and varied career. Lito, (as he is nicknamed) is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. The Italian government awarded him a post- graduate painting scholarship in Rome, where he learned fresco painting, art conservation and the preservation of historical monuments, rare manuscripts and documents.
Living in Rome from 1962 until 1967 and later in New York, Lito exhibited his works regularly, won various local and international art competitions, and worked as a restorer of rare documents and books. Returning to the Philippines in 1969, he became known for his mastery of watercolor. He co-organized and headed the Watercolor Society of the Philippines. For more than 22 years he taught fine arts at several colleges and universities and exhibited widely, while restoring, preserving and authenticating old Filipino masters’ artworks
Migrating to the US in 1992, Lito continued to exhibit his work, and win awards. He is a member of the NJ Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor Society, and Hudson Artists, Inc. In 1993, he co- founded the Society of Philippine American Artists. His work has been published in several magazines and books, most recently in Transparent Colors, Filipino- American Watercolorists.
Lito received the Pamana ng Pilipino (Philippine Heritage) award from H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III in December 2010 as one of outstanding Filipinos overseas.
“To me, watercolor is like taming a stallion --- I have to know the horse, and the horse has to know me. We need to be together constantly until we begin to like each other and develop a relationship”. Angelito L. David