Pacita Abad, ‘Juanito Limon’, 1987, Pacita Abad Art Estate

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Signature: Signed "Pacita" lower right

About Pacita Abad

In her more than thirty-year career, the itinerant painter Pacita Abad was known for her colorful paintings, mixed media collages and assemblages. After briefly studying painting in Washington, DC and New York, she traveled the world to more than 80 countries. Abad's journeys and experiences living in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean had a major impact on her artwork, and her subject matter was largely drawn from her personal experiences. In the 1970s and 80s, influenced by Social Realist painters like Ben Shahn, she created figurative political and social documentary paintings of refugees, rural villagers and urban street scenes, and later, mixed media paintings of tribal masks.

Abad’s style changed continuously as she experimented with painting on a wide variety of materials, including prints, pulp paper, bark cloth, ceramics, metal and glass. During the last two decades of her career, she explored abstraction in her three-dimensional “trapunto” paintings. These sculptural painted works include hand-stitched fabric and embellishments, incorporating traditional designs, fabrics, shells, buttons and mirrors. Her last major work, a 55-meter long pedestrian bridge in Singapore which she covered entirely with colorful circle patterns, was completed just a few months before she passed away at the age of 58.

— Submitted by Pacita Abad Art Estate

Philippine-American, 1946-2004, Batanes, Philippines

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
PACITA ABAD at Art Stage Singapore 2017, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Singapore
2015
Southeast Asian Abstraction: A New Dialogue, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Hong Kong
2006
PACITA ABAD: Through the Looking Glass, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Singapore
2005
PACITA ABAD: A Passion to Paint, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Washington

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
PACITA ABAD at Art Stage Singapore 2017, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Singapore
2015
Southeast Asian Abstraction: A New Dialogue, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Hong Kong
2006
PACITA ABAD: Through the Looking Glass, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Singapore
2005
PACITA ABAD: A Passion to Paint, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Washington
2005
PACITA ABAD: SMU Collection, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Singapore
2004
PACITA ABAD: Circles in My Mind, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Metro Manila
2003
PACITA ABAD: Circles in My Mind, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Singapore
2003
PACITA ABAD: Endless Blues, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Jevnaker
2001
PALAY, Trapunto Murals by Pacita Abad, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Upper Montclair
2001
PACITA ABAD: The Sky is the Limit, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Mandaluyong
1999
PACITA ABAD: Door to Life, Pacita Abad Art Estate, San Francisco
1998
PACITA ABAD: Abstract Emotions, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Jakarta
1994
PACITA ABAD: American Dream, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Washington
1994
PACITA ABAD: Assaulting the Deep Sea, Pacita Abad Art Estate, Roanoke
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