Google doodles Filipina artist Pacita Abad


GOOGLE on Friday paid tribute to award-winning Filipina artist Pacita Abad with a doodle of herself and her work.

Abad was born in 1946 in Basco, Batanes. In 1967, she graduated with a degree in Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City.

She traveled to the United States to undertake graduate studies but ended up becoming a visual artist.

Abad received various awards in and out of the country for her paintings. Her artwork was featured in over 200 museums and galleries, including 75 solo exhibitions, around the world for over 30 years.

Because of her colorful and distinct paintings, which are usually a combination of shapes, Abad has been tagged as the “woman of color.”

She also introduced the trapunto style of painting, a quilting technique of silkscreening, stitching and beading on large painted canvas.

The Ivatan artist was also known for taking on socio-political themes in her paintings.

Abad died of lung cancer in 2004 but her 5000 artworks are on display in public and private art galleries in over 70 countries.


Pacita Abad: A million times a woman, an artist

Written by: Mary Jessel Duque

There are two things we must know about Pacita Abad’s “A Million Things to Say,” now on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD). First is that the exhibit is billed as a “reintroduction” rather than a retrospective of the artist. Second, in MCAD’s decade-long existence, this is the first show headlined by a woman.