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Pacita Abad

1946Basco, Philippines | 2004Singapore, Singapore
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Filipino painter.

Born to parents engaged in politics, Pacita Abad studied political science at the University of the Philippines. In 1969 she was sent to study law in the United States on account of political unrest at the Marcos regime. In 1970 she decided to remain in San Francisco to paint. She later studied painting at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., (1975) and at the Art Students League of New York (1977). Travels, in particular to Mexico, India, Afghanistan, the Yemen, Mali, Papua-New Guinea and Indonesia, had a powerful influence on her life and provided her with sources of inspiration for her art in terms of ideas, techniques and materials. Her painting is distinguished by constant changes, experimentation and development and her works cover such subjects as socio-political portraits, primitive masks, underwater scenes, tropical flowers and wild animals, as well as including a number of small collages.

Pacita Abad experimented with the surface of her paintings using the trapunto technique (used in sewing and stuffing) which gives her canvases a three-dimensional, sculptural appearance. She transformed the surface of the canvas with various materials, such as fabrics, mirrors, beads, shells, plastic buttons, etc., which she combined with pure colours. She worked with a wide range of supports, like canvas, paper, bark, metal, ceramics and glass. Her colourful works are lively and vibrant, and express her personal experiences and her pursuit of her dreams. She produced more than 3500 works, including a 55-metre bridge in Singapore. An unquestionably complete artist, her work has been shown around the world in some 40 solo exhibitions and 50 group shows.

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Pacita Abad — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pacita Abad, Portrait of Hanuman, 1997, oil on batik cloth with broken glass on stitched and padded canvas, Courtesy of National Archives of Singapore, © Pacita Abad Art Estate

Pacita Abad — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pacita Abad, Sepik man, 1983, acrylic, cowrie shells stitched on padded canvas, 248 × 143 cm, 98 × 56 in., © Pacita Abad Art Estate

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Pacita Abad, These Are Better Days, 2002, oil, painted cloth stitched on canvas, 244 × 180 cm, 96 × 71 in., © Pacita Abad Art Estate

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Pacita Abad, To Paint For You, 1992, oil, acrylic, buttons, mirrors on stitched and padded trapunto canvas, 210 × 150 cm, 82 5/8 × 59 in., © Pacita Abad Art Estate

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Pacita Abad, African Mephisto, unknown date, lithograph with pulp-painted chine-collé and metallic powder, 109.2 × 76.2 cm, 43 × 30 in., edition of 30, © Pacita Abad Art Estate

Pacita Abad — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pacita Abad, Women in Burkah, 1979, © Pacita Abad Art Estate

Pacita Abad — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pacita Abad, Anup’s Dinner, 2000, oil, mirrors stitched on canvas, 30.5 × 45.7 × 2.5 cm, 12 × 18 × 1 in., © Pacita Abad Art Estate

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Pacita Abad, Because You Are Mine, 2004, oil, acrylic, painted handwoven cloth stitched on canvas, 30 × 30 cm, 12 × 12 in., © Pacita Abad Art Estate

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Pacita Abad, Glorious blue, 2003, oil, painted cloth, painted tin stitched on canvas, 91 x 128 cm, 36 x 50 in., © Pacita Abad Art Estate

Pacita Abad — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pacita Abad, Watching and Waiting, 1979, oil on canvas, 89 × 127 cm, 35 x 50 in., © Pacita Abad Art Estate

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