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Born 1953 in the Philippines, Edgardo Lantin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts in 1976 at the University of Santo Tomas. He worked as a graphic artist upon migrating to Canada in 1981. He pursued his passion for portraiture by attending private art classes with an accomplished and renowned Filipino artist, Sym Mendoza. In 1986, he studied at the Art Student League in New York on a full year scholarship and also took a sculptural anatomy class at the New York Academy of Art.
His first important commission was a portrait of Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino in 1989 which is displayed at the Malacanang Palace Museum. Other distinguished personalities he painted portraits of includes Philanthropist Whitford J. VanDusen which hangs at the foyer of the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver; Inventor of the first automatic tourniquet system for surgery, Dr. James A. McEwen; well-respected physician, businessman and philanthropist, Dr. Donald B. Rix’ portrait displayed at the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre Library; and of prominent developer and philanthropist, Mr. Milan Ilich
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