Today in the year 2020, one hundred years after his birth, Padú is a national symbol in Aruban culture, beloved by his people and well-respected internationally. For his persistent dedication to his cultural output, he received several official honors and many popular awards throughout his life, such as the ‘Zilveren Anjer’ by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the title ‘Tata di Cultura’ by the Aruba Government.
At the occasion of the Padú Lampe Centennial celebration on April 26, 2020, this book is dedicated to his exceptional visual arts career which lasted 8 decades, from his teen years until his 90th year. His priceless legacy to Aruba — and beyond — is twofold. Firstly, a lasting artistic treasure of artworks, music and literature. Secondly, a personal example of profound gratitude for life’s blessings and of respect for human dignity and human values.