Paola Luz: 21 Portraits exhibit

Paola Luz: 21 Portraits
13 February to 27 March 2024
Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Center
8th Floor – KL Tower
117 Gamboa St. Legaspi Village
Makati City

Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, Inc. (KLFI) is pleased to announce the unveiling of its latest exhibition, Paola Luz: 21 Portraits.

The exhibition revisits Paola’s artistic expressions encompassing photography, music, and poetry through an assembly of artworks and materials from the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma collection. Paola’s works will also be accompanied by artworks by women artists from the collection to celebrate Paola’s outlasting artistic energies.

In 1982, Purita Kalaw-Ledesma commissioned Paola Luz to photograph artists who played a significant role in the development of Philippine modern art. The commissioned work was completed in the following year, resulting in portraits of twenty-one artists. With her manual Nikon camera, Paola captured the moments where the personalities of individual artists came through. Collectively her portraits reflect the sense of friendship and mutual support that nurtured and sustained the arts ecology, to which both Purita and Paola belonged.

The featured portraits include Napoleon Abueva, Ben Cab, Elizabeth Chan, Eduardo Castrillo, Danilo Dalena, Jose Joya, Ang Kiukok, Diosdado Lorenzo, Cesar Legaspi, Arturo Luz, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Galo Ocampo, Rod. Paras-Perez, Manuel Rodriguez Sr., Manuel Boy Rodriguez, Nena Saguil, Mauro Malang Santos, Paz Abad Santos, Juvenal Sanso, and Fernando Zobel.

Paola Luz (1964-1991) began photography at the age of seven, when her parents gifted her an instamatic camera. In 1982, she began exhibiting her photographic works at major art galleries of the time, including Penguin Gallery and Luz Gallery run by her parents Arturo and Tessie. She won the Second Prize at the 1982 CCP Photograph Contest. While she became noted for her portraits of artists and celebrities, she continued experimenting with abstract photography, as documented in the catalog of the 1984 group exhibition Ugat-Suri.

Paola Luz: 21 Portraits is on view at the PKL Center (, Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 4pm. The show will run until March 27, 2024. The exhibit is free and open to the public, but would require visitors to register at

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