One of the giants of Philippine art, Zóbel was an artist respected by his peers, a teacher who nurtured a generation of art critics through his art appreciation classes and writings on Philippine religious art. His contributions as art patron are felt in both Spain and the Philippines. He established the Ateneo Art Gallery in 1960 through his gift of more than 200 modern Philippine artworks and international fine art prints. Six years later in Spain, he founded the Museo de Arts Abstracto in Cuenca. Both these museums touched generations of artists and nurtured an appreciation for abstract and modern art.
Guillermo Paneque and Ditas Samson, the curators of Fernando Zóbel. Contrapuntos, one of the Collateral Events of the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice will speak about his life and art.