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Elito Circa
Amangpintor Photo Profile.jpg
Elita. "Amangpintor" Circa
Elito Villaflor Circa

(1970-01-28) January 28, 1970 (age 52)
EducationNo formal education in painting
Known forPainting
Notable work
Manny Pacquiao Hearted Fist, Pantabangan History, A Thousand and One Lives, Duterte in the Center of the Triangle
AwardsFolk Artist of the Philippines, Folk Artist of Pantabangen
Patron(s)World Vision

Elito Villaflor Circa (born January 28, 1970), better known as "Amangpintor",[1] is a Filipino painter and internationally known folk artist,[2][3] who paints using his hair and blood fluids[4] with mythologism and mythicalism subject matters. His signature subject is Legend of Minggan.[1] He coined the term Indigenouism Art, upholding and advocating Contemporary Indigenous Philippine Art and also popularized what he calls Hand Painting performances using the three primary colors.[5][6][7][dubious ][8][dubious ][9][better source needed]

Early life and education

Amangpintor was born to Juan Llagas Circa and Josefina Salazar Villaflor in the old town of Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines on January 28, 1970.[citation needed] He was the youngest of seven children. His education was funded through a scholarship from World Vision Foundation[10][8] under foster parents Cynthia and Leigh Brown from Perth, Australia who supported his studies through secondary school (awarded Artist of the Year) until he graduated at the Central Luzon State University with a degree in Elementary Education.[11][better source needed][12][13]

Amangpintor has no formal training in painting. He started drawing, using charcoals from the stove in their kitchen, on the walls of their house in Pantabangan town when he was eight years old. He completed an estimated 600 works of art since 1980, which he gave to some of his teachers, friends and neighbors during that time. He also painted a series of 15 paintings for the "Legend of Minggan" which depicted the courtship of the giant "Minggan" to "Mariang Sinukuan" who was supposed to be dwelling in Mount Arayat. Amangpintor also made a series of paintings about the place of his birth, depicted about the evacuation of the residents of Pantabangan when their town was about to be submerged by Pantabangan Dam.[1]

Art of Healing

Amangpintor conducts hand painting performance of nature views. Using four colors (Red, Yellow, Blue and white) on a 24 X 26 inches canvas, he will be finished the painting within 5 to 10 minutes. He has been invited to perform in different events and occasions like provincial, town, school, university and agency foundations and in wedding and birthday.[7][8][9]

In 2015, Amangpintor started a new indigenous painting titled A Thousand and One Lives[14] as a gesture of dedicating of life in this noble profession of educating the youth. The 1001 teachers and DepEd employees was participated and literally donated parts of their body, their hair and blood incorporated in the mural.[15]


Amangpintor influenced many other Filipino painters[16] for using indigenous materials or natural raw materials as paint such as extract from onion, tomato, tuba, coffee, rust, molasses and other materials available anywhere.[17][18][19] Many artists have been inspired and from then on, artists have started to use indigenous materials in their works. Human blood as medium has also influenced the American artist Vincent Castiglia.The finger and hand painting performance also influenced other young visual artists especially students.[20]


The term Indigenouism[21] was coined by Elito Circa who led the movement of using indigenous materials for paintings and introduced it to other artists since 1993. It was during the heat of the campaign against global warming in 1993.[22]

He believes his most significant contributions to the history of art were in collaboration with Indigenouism in 2007, and the role he played in the development of Indigenouism.[17][18]


  1. ^ a b c "The Pantabangan Folk Painter: Elito V. Circa". The National Committee for Culture and the Arts Website. National Committee for Culture and the Arts. 2004. Retrieved 2004-10-18.
  2. ^ "Folk Art". Karabi Art.
  3. ^ "International Folk Artist" (in Filipino). Sonshine TV/Radyo. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  4. ^ "Artist uses own blood, hair in paintings". The Philippine Star. Philippine Star. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  5. ^ "Hand Painting Show". World Wide Chat. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-20.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Art with a Heart: World Vision holds art auction for children". World Vision. World Vision. 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-10.[dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Pass on the blessings to World Vision's Noche Buena Campaign". World Vision. aboutmyRecovery. 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
  8. ^ a b c "World Vision celebrates 'Pasko para sa Lahat'". World Vision. GMA7 Network. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  9. ^ a b "Hand Painting Performance featured by World Vision". World Vision. Youtube Website. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  10. ^ "Sponsoring a child over the years and seeing them through the completion of their education is a testament to a donor's commitment". World Vision Philippines. World Vision Philippines. 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-24.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Elito Circa Profile". CLSUAAI. CLSU Alumni Association. 2000. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  12. ^ "Artist uses own blood, hair in his paintings". Anselmo Roque. Punto Newspaper. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-11.[dead link]
  13. ^ "Ang kakaibang obra ni Amangpintor". Quincy Joel V. Cahilig. PINAS the Filipino's Global Newspaper. 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  14. ^ A Thousand and One Lives TV 5 feature. TV 5. TV 5 Website. 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  15. ^ "Teachers paint mural with own blood, hair". Punto. Punto Website. 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  16. ^ tv 5 Rustpainter interview @pilipinas news. TV 5 News. 2013.
  17. ^ a b Kakaibang Obra sa Unang Hirit. GMA7 Unang Hirit. 2010.
  18. ^ a b Good News. GMA7 NewsTV. 2012.
  19. ^ Filipino Artist Uses Garlic for Painting. TV5. 2009.
  20. ^ Hand painting Workshop. Constancio Padilla National High School. 2014.
  21. ^ "Artist with blood on his hands". Inquirer Lifestyle. Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2017. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  22. ^ Sharon Cuneta Show TV5 guest Amangpintor. TV5 Sharon. 2012.