Jose Kimsoy C. Yap. Jr

Kimsoy was born on March 7, 1944 in Negros Oriental, Philippines. Having studied at the New York Art Students League, his paintings show a decidedly Western influence, yet an intrinsic Filipino character remains. His artworks exhibit the conscious use of lines and spaces, making the most of each stroke to bring out the best effect. The phrase “less is more” could be applied to his works, lending a deeper drama to each of his paintings.
In 1970, he won Third Prize in the Southeast Asian Art Competition in Singapore.
He received a James Suydam Bronze Medal in 1974 and an Elliot Silver Medal For Drawing in May 1982, both at the National Academy of Design  School of Fine Arts, in New York, USA.
After living in America for 21 years, Kimsoy decided to go back to Cebu in the early 1990s and helped establish the Cebu Academy of Arts. He has been on the faculty of the University of San Carlos Fine Arts Department these past 19 years.
Kimsoy was part of the delegation of Cebuano artists that exhibited in Festival 12 x 12 in Paris in 2013.