Pacita Abad (Filipino, 1946–2004) was a Modern painter born in Basco, Batanes, Philippines. She studied painting at the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington D.C., and at The Art Students League, in New York, NY. Upon finishing art school, she travelled the world painting, visiting more than 80 countries. Abad’s travels had a significant impact on her life and art. She was very inventive and experimental with her painting, and her style changed continuously throughout her career, which began in the 1970s. Her earliest paintings were mostly Figurative and social or political, covering subjects like hunger. Her work then expanded to include naturalist subject matter, inspired by the places she saw on her travels to exotic locations. This colorful work of vibrant patterns segued into her most well-known practice as an Abstract painter. These mixed media works, which ranged from large-scale paintings to small collages, incorporated a variety of materials such as ceramic, glass, mylar, fabric, and circuit boards. Abad rejected the idea that painting was elitist, and she was continuously inspired by the indigenous materials and techniques she came into contact with during her travels. This philosophy permeated her work, and laid the groundwork for the technique she developed called trapunto painting, which involved her stuffing and stitching her canvases to create a sculptural quality.
The inspiration for Abad’s work is largely drawn from her personal experiences, and she describes herself as a painter who paints “from the guts.” In the years leading up to her death, Abad worked on a series of paintings called Obsession. She worked fervently with a circle motif in particular; she stated that she “could not stop” working in this pattern, and that she found the experience “spontaneous and exhilarating.” Abad was a highly prolific painter, having completed over 3,500 artworks in her lifetime. One of her final projects was to paint a 55-meter long bridge in Singapore, which she covered with thousands of multi-colored circles. The project was completed during her final year fighting lung cancer, and became known as “Pacita’s Painted Bridge.”
Pacita Abad died in 2004 at the age of 58. She had over 40 solo exhibitions and 50 group and travelling exhibitions worldwide. Her work is included in collections in more than 70 countries.
帕奇塔·阿巴德 Pacita Abad（菲律賓人，1946-2004）是一位出生於菲律賓巴丹尼斯巴斯科的現代畫家。她曾在華盛頓特區的Corcoran藝術學院和紐約州的藝術學生聯盟學習繪畫。在完成藝術學校後，她走遍世界繪畫，訪問了80多個國家。阿巴德的旅行對她的生活和藝術產生了重大影響。她的繪畫非常具有創造性和實驗性，她的風格在她的職業生涯中不斷變化，始於20世紀70年代。她最早的畫作大多是比喻，社會或政治，涵蓋飢餓等主題。她的作品隨後擴展到包括自然主義主題，靈感來自她在異國風情旅行中看到的地方。這種充滿活力的圖案的豐富多彩的作品被戲劇化為她最著名的抽像畫家。這些混合媒體作品，從大型繪畫到小拼貼，包括各種材料，如陶瓷，玻璃，聚酯薄膜，織物和電路板。阿巴德拒絕了繪畫是精英主義的想法，她不斷受到她在旅行期間接觸到的本土材料和技術的啟發。這種哲學滲透到她的作品中，並為她開發的稱為“trapunto”繪畫的技術奠定了基礎，其中包括她的填充和拼接她的畫布以創造雕塑品質。