Fruit Vendor, 1996
Signed and dated “Belleza 96” on lower right
Oil on canvas
71 x 67 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
This piece illustrates a woman vendor, a common sight in the Philippines where Norma is from.
Completely taken with the ideas and subjects of folk genre, Norma gets her inspiration from the lovely and humble sights of Philippines. Often painting her subjects as generously proportioned with a distinctive native-like appearance, she fills the canvas with various colours that stand out, as the eyes feast on the many details and hues that bedeck this piece, as the subject looks on.
Norma Belleza was born in San Fernando, Pampanga on May 3, 1939 to a family of movie marquee and billboard painters, where billboard printing was still scarce at that time. Moving to Manila, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Santo Thomas in 1962. In the years to come , her work continue to be displayed and included at solo and joint exhibitions, art books, book covers, magazines and journals.