Juan Luna y Novicio was an Ilocano-Filipino painter, sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution during the late 19th century. Born in the town of Badoc, Ilocos Norte, he was the third among the seven children of Don Joaquin Luna de San Pedro y Posadas and Doña Laureana Novicio y Ancheta. In 1861, the Luna family moved to Manila and he went to Ateneo Municipal de Manila where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. In May 1884, he shipped the large canvas of the Spoliarium to Madrid for the year’s Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes. He was the first recipient of the three gold medals awarded in the exhibition and Luna gained recognition among the connoisseurs and art critics present. Source.
Gallery III also features the works of Simon Flores, Lorenzo Guerrero, Felix Resureccion Hidalgo, Felix Martinez, and Raphael Enriquez.