The National Museum of the Philippines celebrates Filipino Food Month and Rice Festival Week by honoring the people behind the country’s food production with this oil painting on canvas by Miguel Galvez (1912-1989) titled “Planting Rice” (1951) from the National Fine Arts Collection (NFAC).
The artwork portrays farmers doing their painstaking task of planting rice in a Philippine rural area. Often taken for granted, our farmers play a very vital role in national food security and the economy as the Philippines is considered primarily an agricultural country. Our farmers endure long hours of work in the searing heat to ensure we have food on our tables. Apart from rice, they provide supplies of various crops to feed the country’s population. The National Museum of the Philippines recognizes the importance of farmers. The national Museum would like to pay tribute to them especially during this time of global crisis.
This artwork is painted by Miguel Galvez who was born in 1912 in Paombong, Bulacan. He was known as an art instructor and as an outstanding landscape painter. He established his studio in 1950 and studied art under Teodoro Buenaventura in 1993. Galvez received several recognitions in the art scene including being the first-ever Filipino to win a silver medal in the South East Asia Art Festival in 1957. “Planting Rice” is on display on the executive floor of the National Museum of Fine Arts.