Tiny Nuyda, pillar of Filipino modern art, dies at 78

Filipino modern painter Justin “Tiny” Nuyda has passed away after battling stage four cancer. He was 78.

Nuyda’s passing was announced by his daughter Ayni in a Facebook post.

“Papa will not only remain with us forever through his art and the butterflies he described but also, the memories and the stories we have shared with him is true testament to a legacy that will live on,” she said.

Nuyda was a founding member of the so-called “Saturday Group” of Artists, which include National Artists Jose Joya, BenCab, and Hernando R. Ocampo.

According to Inquirer Lifestyle, Nuyda raised P7.75 million for the Kythe Foundation from four artworks he made during the lockdown, which were auctioned off by Salcedo Auctions. The paintings were named after doctors who treated him, while the funds raised went into assisting children with cancer through Kythe.

The Nuyda family announced that a memorial service will be held from June 27-28 at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig, which will also be streamed online.

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