Alice V. Guillermo was born on 6 January 1938 in Quiapo, Manila. She is married to poet and essayist Gelacio Guillermo. They have two children. She finished bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in education, magna cum laude, in 1957 at the College of Holy Ghost. She then went to UP where she obtained her master’s degree. Awarded a scholarship by the French government, she studied at the Universite d’Aix-Marseille in France where she obtained the Certificat d’ Etudes Litteraires Generales, the Certificat de SEminaire d’Etudes Superieures, avec mention Assez Bien, with a study of the French nouveau roman, “La Modification par Michel Butor: Themes et Structures” and the Diplome de Langue et Lettres Francaises, also Assez Bien, in 1967. She was a member of the Cultural Research Association of the Philippines and the Concerned Artists of the Philippines. At present, she teaches at and chairs, the art studies department of the CAL, UP Diliman.
She has written numerous reviews and articles for magazines like Archipelago, Observer, Who, WE Forum, Business Day, and New Progressive Review. She has written the following books: Mobil Art Awards (1981) Social Realism in the Philippines (1987), Blanco: The Blanco Family of Artists (1987), Images of Change (1988), The Covert Presence (1989), Alfredo Carmelo: His Life and Art (1990), The National Museum Visual Arts Collection and Cebu: A Heritage of Art (1991), and Color in Philippine Life (1993). She is one of the senior authors of the survey of Philippine sculpture, From Anito to Assemblage (1990), and authored an essay for the book, Anita Magsaysay-Ho. She also participated in the CCP’s Tuklas- Sining monograph and video series project as essayist-scriptwriter for Sining Biswal, An Essay and Documentary on Philippine Visual Arts (1989) and Sining Biswal IV, An Essay and Documentary on the American Colonial and Contemporary Traditions in Philippine Visual Arts (1993). She is the co-author of the textbooks Art: Perception and Appreciation (1976) and Ang Sining sa Kasaysayang Pilipino (1991).
She was a recipient of a Japan Foundation Fellowship Grant in Tokyo in 1991, a UP Diamond Jubilee Assistant Professorial Chair in 1988, and was a UP ICW national fellow for the essay in 1987-1988. Her essay, “Ang Kaisipang Filipino Batay sa Sining Biswal” won in Palanca Awards, in 1979. She won the Art Criticism Award from the Art Association of the Philippines in 1976.
Written by R. Galang from CCP Encyclopedia Volume 9