The great artist from the Philippines Pacita Abad got her fame on Google Doodle. How does the world remember her?
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The great artist from the Philippines Pacita Abad got her fame on Google Doodle. How does the world remember her?


By: Margaret Wilson
2020-07-31 12:20:02

Today, Doodle celebrates Filipino artist, feminist and activist Pacita Abad, known for her bold use of colors and mixed materials, and her use of art to address global themes. On this day in 1984, Abad made history as the first woman to receive the prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines award.

Pacita Abad was born on October 5, 1946 in Basco, in the northern province of Batanes in the Philippines. In 1970, she continued her graduate studies in San Francisco, California, United States, and became actively involved in the life of the city's artistic community. Abad continued to study painting, then traveled the world with her art supplies from Bangladesh to Sudan, and the cultures she encountered had a profound influence on her ever-evolving art style. Dedicated to improving the world through art, she used things like the 1979 series Portraits of Cambodia to raise awareness of social issues.

Over time, Abad turned to abstract work and first applied a painting technique called «trapunto». To achieve this style, she printed her canvases to create a sculptural effect and incorporated culturally significant materials found on her travels, such as seashells and fabrics. Abad channeled her passion for public art into her 2003 project Painted Bridge, for which she covered Singapore's 55-meter Alkaff Bridge in Singapore with an explosion of 2,350 light circles.


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Abad has created over 5,000 works of art and today his colorful legacy resonates with collections in over 70 countries.

Thank you Pachita Abad for painting a picture of a brighter tomorrow!

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