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Transcript of PACITA ABAD

History of the Artist

Pacita Abad was born in Basco, Batanes, a small island in the northernmost part of the Philippines.
Her more-than-thirty-year painting career began when she traveled to the United States to pursue graduate studies.
She had first intended to study law in San Francisco, it was there that she decided to switch careers.
Following that trip, Pacita became committed to her painting and the joys of travel around the world.

Influence on others
A number of school art teachers in Singapore independently organized art programs inspired by Pacita for their students.
The programs and follow-on exhibitions were great successes and loved by students, teachers and parents.
Some of the teachers spoke about Pacita's art programs at regional art teacher conferences and other teachers in the Asian region set up similar programs for their schools.
Other teachers found out about Pacita's artwork from the internet and then developed their own programs.
Pacita's art can still be seen in her hometown Batanes and continues to inspire many locals.
Pacita's Artworks
Artist's background
Artist's inspiration
People/events that shaped the artist's work
Her influence on others
Her artworks
What I like/dislike about her work

Djan Javier
Fall 2014
DSGN 201 - Interior Design I
Professor Adrienne Winner
"Woman of Color"

She studied painting at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and The Art Students League in New York City, living on 5 different continents and working in more than 80 countries.
Pacita’s extensive travels to destinations like:
Dead serious
39 x 29 in/100 x 73 cm
Oil on canvas
Signed: Pacita '90
Private Collection
49 x 35 in/125 x 88 cm
Oil on canvas
Signed: Pacita
Black mylar
22 x 30 in/57 x 77 cm
Oil, oil pastel, mylar, batik cloth collaged on handmade paper
Signed: Pacita
Multiple O
35 x 35 in
90 x 88 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Andean lines
41 x 39 in
105 x 98 cm
Acrylic on canvas

Cross-cultural dressing
96 x 136 in
245 x 345 cm
Oil, cloth, plastic buttons on stitched and padded canvas
Signed: Pacita
Why I like Pacita and her art?
Colourful and child-like
Bright, active colours
Most of her work has no main point and is just an explosion of shapes and colour
She is not bound to the extents of her canvas
Her personality shows through her paintings
She tried to raise awareness about various things through her art
Papua New Guinea
Pacita's Travels
Since that time Pacita never stopped being a gypsy, and painted the globe while working on six different continents and traveling to more than 50 countries. During her career Pacita created over 4,500 artworks, and her paintings were exhibited in more than 200 museums and galleries around the world.
had a major impact on her life and art, and were the inspiration for many ideas, techniques and materials used in her paintings.
Pacita's Painted Bridge
The Alkaff Bridge was painted in January 2004 in vibrant colours by Filipino artist Pacita Abad (1946-2004) and a team of rope specialists.
The Art Bridge is 55 metres in length and weighs about 230 tonnes.
Even though she was battling her 3-year lung cancer, she was determined to finish painting the bridge.
Her Studios
Pacita Abad's constant travels forced her to set up her studio quickly in order to start painting as soon as possible.
Pacita's studios and homes were always one entity, as her artwork completely dominated her living environment, with her studio seamlessly flowing into every corner of her living space.
Paintings that she was working on in her studio would quickly appear on her dining room or living room walls, so that she could see them in a different light and perspective.
The next day they would be back in her studio for more work.

“Art should be experimental – you play, compose and each piece will eventually become part of a series in making. As an artist totally dedicated to art, I put all my mental and physical energy into my work – art is my life.”
–Pacita Abad
Greenwich Academy
Many local artists from Batanes
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Pictures and information
Videos and interviews
Interview with ygrette: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm_2CJPz9PU

Wild at art: https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWrGjPHLHHA&spfreload=1
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