Inspiring Pinoys

Victoria Abad Kerblat, An Artist of Batanes

Metro Manila

Renzelle Ann Palma
Renzelle Ann Palma | Aug 13, 2013

In her book “How beautiful is Batanes”, 56 watercolor painting of her life and memories of the beautiful province in the Philippines are showcased and compiled.

The Franco-Filipino artist’s works are often characterized by their constant evolution and patterns as well as the use of different art techniques. She serves as an inspiration and a mentor for young talented Ivatan artists who want to have a name in the art world. In fact, her book consists of some paintings contributed by Ivatans who are committed to promoting the Ivatan heritage.

A biologist by training, Victoria left the Philippines in 1979. She lived and traveled in Asia, Africa and Europe. She was encouraged by her late sister Pacita Abad, a well known International artist, to pursue a career in the arts.

From painting portrait of refugees in Laos, the landscape of South Africa to her beautiful watercolor paintings of Batanes, Kerblat truly is an inspiration to young Filipino artists. She has now explored, experimented different arts and materials, and now introduces recycled materials in her art.

Her work and techniques are part of her advocacy to preserve the heritage and traditions of her hometown. Victoria also intends to introduce the younger generation of artists to the use of recycled materials for their artworks and she hopes that they can see the inherent beauty of it.

On August 23-25, 2013, Victoria Abad Kerblat will exhibit her work at the MaARTe 2013: Exhibition and Sale of Museum-Quality Philippine Arts & Craft, a project of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. This event will be held at the Rockwell Tent, Rockwell Center, Makati City from 10am-10pm.

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