Pacita Abad (1946-2004) was born in Basco, Batanes, a small island in the northernmost part of the Philippines, between Luzon and Taiwan. Her more than 32-year painting career began when she travelled to the United States to undertake graduate studies. She had over 40 solo exhibitions at museums and galleries in the U.S., Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. She also participated in more than 50 group and traveling exhibitions throughout the world. Abad’s work is now in public, corporate and private art collections in over 70 countries.
Abad studied painting at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and The Art Students League in New York City. She lived on 5 different continents and working in more than 80 countries, including Guatemala, Mexico, India, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, Mali, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Indonesia.
Her early paintings were primarily figurative socio-political works of people and primitive masks. Another series was large scale paintings of underwater scenes, tropical flowers and animal wildlife. Pacita’s most extensive body of work, however, is her vibrant, colorful abstract work - many very large scale canvases, but also a number of small collages - on a range of materials from canvas and paper to bark cloth, metal, ceramics and glass. Abad created over 5,000 artworks and painted a 55-meter long Alkaff Bridge in Singapore and covered it with 2,350 multicolored circles.
Abad developed a technique of trapunto painting (named after a quilting technique), which entailed stitching and stuffing her painted canvases to give them a three-dimensional, sculptural effect. She then began incorporating into the surface of her paintings materials such as traditional cloth, mirrors, beads, shells, plastic buttons and other objects.
- Pacita Abad; M Teresa Lapid Rodriguez; Montclair State University Art Galleries. Palay (rice) : Trapunto murals by Pacita Abad (Upper Montclair, N.J. : Montclair State University Art Galleries, 2001) OCLC 48787832
- "Pacita Abad: Exploring the Spirit", Text by Ian Findlay-Brown (Hardcover, 1996), ISBN 979950290X, ISBN 9789799502902
- "Pacita Abad: Abstract Emotions", Text by Alice Guillermo (Hardcover, 1998), ISBN 978-9799542403
- "Pacita Abad: Door to Life", Text by James T. Bennett (Hardcover, 1999), ISBN 978-9799502919
- "Pacita Abad: The Sky is the Limit", Text by Tay Swee Lin (Hardcover, 2001), ISBN 978-9810434076
- "Pacita Abad: Endless Blues", Text by Ian Findlay-Brown (Hardcover, 2002), ISBN 978-9810471286
- "Pacita Abad: Circles in My Mind", Text by Cid Reyes (Hardcover, 2003), ISBN 978-9810494186
- "Pacita Abad: Obsession", Text by Ian Findlay-Brown and Ruben Defeo (Hardcover, 2004), ISBN 978-9810515492
- "Pacita's Painted Bridge", Text by Jack Garrity (Hardcover, 2004)
- "A Passion to Paint: The Colorful World of Pacita Abad", Text by Jack Garrity (Paperback, 2004)
- Pacita Abad's Website
- Pacita's Painted Bridge Youtube video
- Pacita's Painted Bridge Website
- Fundacion Pacita Website
- Galleria Duemila
- The World Bank Long-term Exhibition
- Singapore Tyler Print Institute
- Articite entry (english language)
- Articite entry (french language)