Pacita Abad

Pacita Abad (* 1946 in Basco, Batan Island, Philippines, † 2004) was an American painter.


After graduating from the private university Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC and The Art Students League in New York City began her more than 30 year career as a painter. She lived on five continents and in more than 80 countries. Abads extended trips to exotic countries such as Guatemala, Mexico, India, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, Mali, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Indonesia had great influence on her life and her art, and were the inspiration for many ideas, techniques and materials in their images.

Her works have been shown in over 40 solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in the U.S., Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. They took part in more than 50 group and traveling exhibitions throughout the world.

Pacita Abad died at the age of 58 from lung cancer.


Pacita Abads paintings are characterized by constant change, experimentation and development from the 1970s to her death. Her early paintings depict primarily symbolic socio - political figures of people and primitive masks. Large Images of underwater scenes, tropical flowers and wildlife belong to another series.

Abads most extensive work, however, is its powerful and colorful abstract work on very large format canvases using a wide range of materials from canvas and paper, bleached fabric, metal, ceramic and glass. As a disciplined and productive painter, she created over 3,500 works of art, and even painted a 55 - meter long bridge in Singapore and covered it with 2350 colorful circles.

Pacita Abad constantly experimented with new ideas. So they beat the limitations of traditional two-dimensional surface by the development of trapunto painting, a technique of embroidering the painted canvases to give them a three-dimensional sculptural effect. There was a process of converting the surfaces of her paintings with materials from fabrics, mirrors, beads, shells, plastic buttons and other objects that connected them with bold colors and designed to individual works of art.


  • Pacita Abad: Exploring the Spirit. Ian Findlay - Brown ( 1996)
  • Pacita Abad: Abstract Emotions. Alice Guillermo (1998)
  • Pacita Abad: Door to Life. James T. Bennett ( 1999)
  • Pacita Abad: The Sky is the Limit. Tay Swee Lin ( 2001)
  • Pacita Abad Endless Blues. Ian Findlay - Brown ( 2002)
  • Pacita Abad: Circles in My Mind. Cid Reyes ( 2003)
  • Pacita 's Painted Bridge. Jack Garrity (2004)
  • A Passion to Paint: The Colorful World of Pacita Abad. Jack Garrity (2004)

References and sources

  • Pacita Abads website
  • Pacita 's Painted Bridge YouTube video
  • Pacita 's Painted Bridge site
  • Galleria Duemila
  • American painter
  • Born in 1946
  • Died in 2004
  • Woman