Nick Aranda Profile

Birthdate : December 5, 1920
Birthplace : Las Piñas City
Address : 326 Pulanglupa, Las Piñas City

NICK ARANDA Las Piñas Artist

A born visual artist, Nick Aranda’s brush and palette knife captures the kaleidoscope of nature, still life and portraiture. His inherent talent is a testimony this dedication and commitment in the visual arts.
A native of Las Piñas City, Nick Aranda was born in Pulanglupa and graduated in St. Joseph Academy, who once upon a time served four years as councilor. During his school days, his talent was fully recognized by his teachers and classmates and this led to undergo apprenticeship at Hino Agawin Shop in Sta. Cruz, Manila. At the age of 13, he learned sign painting, figure and portraiture and became an artist-contractor in the film industry such as, Parlatone, LVN and Sampagiuta Pictures.
Nick Aranda is an example of a man who did not allow poverty to hinder him for pursuing his dreams to succeed. A painter who never had a formal training he was able to achieve his dreams of getting to the top.
Aranda’s Talent was honed practically through actual practice and hard work. He met and befriended artist such as the great Fernando Amorsolo, Crispin Villa Lopez, Frmin sanchez, Napoleon Noriel Simon Saulog and Mariano Guevarra who shared with them their views and knowledge about art. Keeping company with these artist had helped him widen his perspective in painting.
During the 1940’s Aranda’s art was concentrated mainly in the carromata and calesa design. During that time, he and Anastacio Francisco, who once owned Francisco motors Inc., were the most popular debuhista’s of calesa and carromata. They cater to the demands of Carroceria Tatlong Bituin and Carroceria Mata. His popularity in calesa design reached the far town of Laguna, where he formed the group of art painters of calesa design.
Aranda was not satisfied by his talent, he work hard and strive harder to improve his craft. Added to his line of artistic advocation is engaging in color photography which he learned by the sheer power of his intuition and observation when, where he worked at the U.S. Military Base at Wake Island, Hawaii for 11 years.
After so many years in the states, Aranda returned to the Philippines to pursue his love for art by being a professional painter, results like the “Sunflower Serries”, “Mother and Child” and the award-winning “Three Sisters” (Diwa ng Sining Finalist), “Asianan” (featured at GSIS coffee Table Book) are some of his finalist and most cherished works.
1994 Finalist “Three Sisters”
Diwa ng Sining
NCCAC on Visual Arts
Sponsored by: Rotary Club Manila

1998 Kawayan Awardee for Visual Arts
Sponsored by: Rotary Club Las Piñas
In Coordination with The City Hall of Las Piñas

December 1, 2002 First One-Man Exhibity
“Just in The NICK of Time”
HodgePodge Art Gallery
Mandaluyong City

February 12, 2007 Second One-Man Exhibit
“Palette Expressions”
GSIS Museum
CCP Complex, Pasay City

December 10, 2012 Third One-Man Exhibit
“Nick Aranda @ 90”
Heart Center Gallery
Quezon City
LUNDA 14 Group Exhibits
CANVAS 13 Group Exhibits
LAS 14 Group Exhibits
EarthArt 10 Group Exhibits

September 1995 “VIGAN IMPRESSIONS”
Manila Midtown Hotel

1996 – 1997 Philamlife Art Group Exhibit
KAMASIPI Visual Artist Exhibit
“Alay sa mga Katutubo” Exhibition
“The Southern Wind” Exhibition
VIGAN Art Exhibit
Chiristian Artist Group Exhibit

November 1997 “GUHIT KALIKASAN”
On the Spot Painting Exhibit

Apirl 2002 “An Expression of Mutual Dependence”
An Art Ecology Exhibit
Astoria Plaza

February 2013 “Dalawang Libo’t tatlo, Labinlima ng Pebrero”
Rizal Artist Society
Rizal Sports Complex

December 2004 “Silent Auction”
Winner Foundation Inc.
For the Benefit of Arroceros Forest Park
Orchid Garden Suits

August 2005 “Silent Auction”


Hon. Cynthia A. Villar Senator
Madam Amelita Ramos Wife of Former Pres. Ramos
Madam Gina De Venecia Congressional Spouse
Hon. Lorna Silverio Congresswoman
Madam Imelda T. Aguilar Wife of Mayor of Las Piñas
Ms. Narda Camacho President, BALIKATAB – NCR
Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Nazareno Former Mayor of Naic, Cavite
Hon. Strike Revilla Mayor – Bacoor, Cavite
Dr. Juan P. Sanchez Plastic Surgeon
Cong. & Madam Margaret Duavit Congressional Spouse
Dr. and Dra. Mel Domingo Chairman – LPDH
Dra. Menquita Padilla President – Eye Bank Phils.
Mrs. Palacios Chairman – STI Las Piñas
Mrs. Sol Arturas Yui President – CWL Paco Parish
Mr. & Mrs. Valencia Nat’l Pres. – KIWANGIS Phils.
Mrs. Cecille Revilla Villanueva White Plains
Madam Gula Gomez Greenhills, San Juan
Ms. Cathy Ramos Rockwell, Makati
Ms. Jane Stangle PESO Book Foundation
Mr. Wally Pacia Businessman
Mrs. Norma Hernandez Businesswoman
Mr. Dela Rosa Businessman
Mrs. Carol Ynares
Mrs. Florita Liam
Mrs. Cora Clemente
ASIAN Hospital
• Art Association of the Philippines (AAP)
• Luntiang Daigdig Artist Groups (LUNDA)
• Concerned Artist for Nature and Visual Aesthetics (CANVAS)
• Las Piñas Artist Society (LAS)
• Portraitist Association of the Philippines (PAP)
• Hino Agawin Art Studio
• EarthArt Group

1975 Rizal Province Artist Competition
1988 AAP National Competition
1989 Anniversary of Las Piñas Bamboo Organ
1994 Diwa Ng Sining – Finalist
2007 GSIS Painting Competition
2010 GSIS Painting Competition