He was originally intended to be named Ang Hua Shing "Hua Shing" literally means "Chinese-born" but did not push through with the plan upon learning that his cousin was given the name by his uncle. Ang was taught by a commercial artist at a young age on how to make charcoal portrait. Ang made movie billboards here and later his family moved to Manila, where he attended the University of Santo Tomas where one of his mentors was Vicente Manansala. Ang's first formal recognition in his career as an artist was when his work Calesa garnered third place at the Shell National Students Art Competition in In , he launched his first one-man show at the Contemporary Arts Gallery after he was urged by his mentor Manansala. All of these recognition was from the Art Association of the Philippines.
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He pursued Art Studies at the University of Santo Tomas, where he was taught by Filipino art masters, most notably Vicente Manansala who was to become a lifelong friend and mentor. In the end, Ang Kiukok emerged not only as a critical favorite, but a commercially popular artist as well. Upon his death from cancer on May 9, , it was reported that he and fellow National Artist Fernando Amorsolo were the most widely bidded after Filipino painters in auctions. He is married to Mary de Jesus with whom he has four children. Ang Kiukok took up art studies at the University of Santa Tomas from to For five years afterwards, he taught art in a school for children of overseas Chinese.
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