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MANTLE Picks: The Magnificent September Auction 2022

Above: Fernando Zóbel (1924 – 1984)
signed and dated 1952 (lower right)
oil, tempera, casein, and ink on board
31 1/4 “x 19 1/4” (79 cm x 49 cm)

MANTLE’s editors select a handful of masterpieces that caught their eye.

“An auction is always an occasion to view art as a continuum of human creativity,” writes Jaime L. Ponce de Leon in the catalog of the Magnificent September 2022 Auction. The León Gallery director proudly shares a fine selection of works for this year, from the art of engraving, modern sculpture, to “all the amazing modes of painting.”

We at MANTLE could not agree more. After all, the auctions are a great avenue for people to appreciate the creative tradition that Filipinos are known for, from the classics to contemporary artists. Moreover, they allow us to enrich and deepen our knowledge of Philippine fine art.

Here are some of MANTLE’s picks from the auction.

(All photos and descriptions are taken from the official website of the gallery and the auction catalog.)

Federico Aguilar Alcuaz (1932 – 2011)
(undated) ca. 1960
oil on canvas
26 1/2″ x 33″ (67 cm x 84 cm)
Manuel Rodriguez Sr. (1912 – 2017)
Jones Bridge
signed (lower left)
ca. 1960
oil on canvas
26″ x 34″ (66 cm x 86 cm)
Justin Nuyda (1944 – 2022)
signed and dated 1978 (lower right)
oil on canvas
35″ x 25″ (89 cm x 64 cm)

Hernando R. Ocampo (1911 – 1978)
Fifty-Five “A”
signed and dated Manila 1955 (lower left)
oil on canvas
37 1/2″ x 25 3/4″ (95 cm x 65 cm)
Benedicto Cabrera (b. 1942)
Girl with a Salakot
signed and dated 1972 (lower right)
acrylic with pen and ink
14 1/2″ x 13″ (37 cm x 33 cm)
Jose John Santos III(b. 1970)
Paperweight 1
signed (lower right) 2014
mixed media on canvas
78″ x 78″ (198 cm x 198 cm)
Benedicto Cabrera (b. 1942)
The Last March
signed and dated 1972 (lower right)
acrylic on paper
28″ x 20 1/2″ (71 cm x 52 cm)
Hernando R. Ocampo (1911 – 1978)
signed and dated 1974 (lower right)
oil on masonite board
40″ x 30″ (102 cm x 76 cm)

The Magnificent September Auction 2022 will be held at 2:00 PM on September 10, 2022. The León Gallery is located at G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines.  For inquiries, visit, email, or call +632 8856-27-81.