Moro Dance

In this work, Galo B. Ocampo depicts a dancing female figure using bright colours, bold lines and stylised floral patterns. The composition of the painting reflects a rejection of academic linear perspective. Instead, it features a flat surface with interweaving patterns, possibly inspired by the decorative designs of the international Art Nouveau movement. This demonstrates Ocampo’s position as a modernist painter, while the subject matter shows his interest in representing indigenous communities. “Moro” is a term used to describe Muslim communities living in the Philippines. Here, the dancer showcases her skill in a distinctly non-European dance form.

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