He was born in Davao City on March 1, 1931, Philippines to Chinese-Filipino parents who had emigrated from Fukien. He pursued Art Studies at the University of Santo Tomas, where he was taught by Filipino art masters, most notably Vicente Manansala who was to become a lifelong friend and mentor. In the end, Ang Kiukok emerged not only as a critical favorite, but a commercially popular artist as well. Upon his death from cancer on May 9, 2005, it was reported that he and fellow National Artist Fernando Amorsolo were the most widely bidded after Filipino painters in auctions.
ANG KIUKOK (born Davao City, March 1, 1931 died May 9, 2005)
Painter Ang Kiukok was born to immigrant Chinese parents, Vicente Ang and Chin Lim. He is married to Mary de Jesus with whom he has four children. Ang Kiukok took up art studies at the University of Santa Tomas from 1952 to 1954. For five years afterwards, he taught art in a school for children of overseas Chinese. In 1954 he held his first one person show at the Contemporary Arts Gallery. Since then, he has had many other solo shows. In 1990, he was featured with Onib Olmedo, and Solomon Saprid in a show entitled Three Figurative Expressionists held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP.)
He is known for his expressionistic interpretations of a variety of themes including the mother and child, Christ crucified or suffering, heaps of junk, roosters crowing, dogs fighting, and couples making love. In 1953 he won the third prize in the Shell National Students Art Competition for Calesa He was several times honored by the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) first prize, "The Bird," 1959; honorable mention, "Still Life," 1951; third prize, "Still Life in Red," 1963; second prize, "Fish," 1963; and second prize, "Geometric Still-Life Fish," 1963.
In 1961 he was recognized as Outstanding Overseas Chinese in Art. In 1976 he received the Patmabay ng Sining at KiLinangan Awarrd from the City of Manila. In 1978 he was given an outstanding alumnus award by the University of Santo Tomas, in 1980 his images of Modern Angst was a finalist in the Mobil Art Awards. His works are displayed in various collections, such as the Philippine National Museum, the Ateneo Art Gallery, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Historical Commission in Taipei.