Loreto Racuya was born on August 15, 1940 in Anda, Pangasinan. In 1974, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the International Correspondence School. He apprenticed a Tinonas Bros. In Dagupan City for one year. For ten years, He worked at Jose Juco Advertising as an American Film Poster Artist.
As an artist, Loreto Racuya takes pride in representing the Filipino’s rich history. With these principles and values, it is no wonder that he became Ayala Museum’s Diorama Artist for three years creating Philippine Historical Events. Eventually, he became the resident artist of Genesis Gallery. Nowadays, Loreto Racuya continues to create artworks that tell the story of the Filipino’s culture and history at his Las Piñas studio.
In 1974, Racuya held his first one-man show at Hidalgo Gallery in Makati City. His second one-man show was held at Gallerie Bleue, also in Makati City in 1976. Also in the same year, he held his third one-man show at gagreenhills, San Juan. The fourth one-man show was in 1980, again in Hidalgo Gallerie. His fifth one-man show was at Ideal, Mandaluyong in 1985. He was also awarded “Premio Speciale di G. B. Tiepolo” at Udine, Italy in 1995. Aside for having art exibitions, Loreto Racuya is also an active member of the prestigious Tuesday Group of Artist and Las Piñas Artists Society.
This award-winning artist won the First Prize for the Manuel L. Quezon Centennial Nationwide Painting Competition in the year 1978. Racuya also garnered the First Prize in Balagtas at Celia Nationwide Painting Competition in the year 1979.
Loreto Racuya is a seasoned artist whose paintings are in fifteen Philippine art books and two Italian books namely Cera Una Volta (Once Upon A Time) and Philippine Pallete. In these books, one will see his great talent of telling the story of Filipinos. His immutable legacy is his creative achievement of uniquely illustrating the colourful history, culture and tradition of the Philippines.