Brenda Fajardo

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Brenda Villanueva Fajardo (18 Feb 1940) began her career in the visual arts as a printmaker and graphic artist before moving on to painting. Most of her works carry strong historical and nationalist themes as well as depict folk and mythological tales. She is best known for her use of tarot-card motifs in her works.

She has held several solo exhibitions, locally and internationally. Her Baraha ng Buhay Pilipino (Playing Cards of Filipino Life) and Buhay Pilipino were notable exhibitions. She has also joined group shows in the country and in international exhibitions.


  • won in the Annual Graphics Art Competition of the Printmakers Association of the Philippines (PAP):
  • honorable mention for Landscape in 1970
  • first prize for her Feeling and Form Series 3-11and third prize for Bukas ngunit Tikom (Open But Close) in 1975
  • was a Thirteen Artists' Awardee of the CCP in 1992
  • awarded University of the Philippines' Gawad Chancellor: Best Visual Art Creation for 1996
  • honored as one of the Philippines' One Hundred Culture Heroes in 1998 by the CCP.


  • CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, Vol 4. Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994.
  • Kintanar, Thelma and Ventura, Sylvia Mendez. Self-Portraits: Twelve Filipina Artists Speak. Quezon City: ADMU Press,1999.



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