Pacita Abad

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Pacita Abad

Pacita Abad (* 1946 in Basco , Batan Island , Philippines ; † 2004 ) was an American painter.


After graduating from the private Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC and The Art Students League in New York City, she began her more than 30-year career as a painter . She lived on five different continents and in more than 80 countries. Abad's extensive travels to exotic countries such as Guatemala , Mexico , India , Afghanistan , Yemen , Sudan , Mali , Papua New Guinea , Cambodia and Indonesia had a major impact on her life and art and were the inspiration for many ideas, techniques and materials in hers Images.

Her works have been shown in over 40 solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in the USA, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. They participated in more than 50 group and traveling exhibitions around the world.

Pacita Abad died of lung cancer at the age of 58.


Abad's paintings are characterized by constant change, a willingness to experiment and the development from the 1970s up to her death. Her early paintings primarily show symbolic socio-political images of people and primitive masks. Large format pictures of underwater scenes, tropical flowers and wild animals are part of another series.

Abad's most extensive oeuvre, however, is her powerful and colorful abstract work on very large-format canvases using an extensive range of materials from canvas and paper, bleached fabric, metal, ceramics and glass. As a disciplined and productive painter, she created over 3,500 works of art and even painted the 57-meter-long Alkaff Bridge in Singapore with 2,350 colored circles, which has since been nicknamed "Art Brige".

Abad was always experimenting with new ideas. She conquered the limits of the traditional two-dimensional surface with the development of Trapunto painting , a technique of embroidering the painted canvases in order to give them a three-dimensional sculptural effect. A process of transforming the surfaces of her pictures with materials from fabrics, mirrors, pearls, shells, plastic buttons and other objects emerged, which she combined with strong colors and designed into individual works of art.


  • On July 31, 1984, Abad received the Philippine Ten Outstanding Young Men Award (as the first woman).
  • On July 31, 2020 which was (also called in honor of "Outstanding Awards") to its 36th anniversary, a Google - Doodle .


  • Pacita Abad: Exploring the Spirit . Ian Findlay-Brown (1996)
  • Pacita Abad: Abstract Emotions . Alice Guillermo (1998)
  • Pacita Abad: Door to Life . James T. Bennett (1999)
  • Pacita Abad: The Sky is the Limit . Tay Swee Lin (2001)
  • Pacita Abad: Endless Blues . Ian Findlay-Brown (2002)
  • Pacita Abad: Circles in My Mind . Cid Reyes (2003)
  • Pacita Abad: Obsession . Ian Findlay-Brown and Ruben Defeo (2004)
  • Pacita's Painted Bridge . Jack Garrity (2004)
  • A Passion to Paint: The Colorful World of Pacita Abad . Jack Garrity (2004)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. In honor of Pacita Abad. July 31, 2020, accessed August 20, 2020 .
  2. In honor of Pacita Abad. July 31, 2020, accessed August 20, 2020 .