Born 1967.

An architect turned visual artist, Ambie Abaño considers her chosen practice as an inherent responsiveness to what she considers a calling. From being a painter, her shifting to printmaking brought her to a passionate encounter with and exploration of the medium which led to the creation of portraits and figures in various mixed media print works, sculptures, and installations, always originating from traditional printmaking techniques.

Among her achievements include the Grand Prize in the Painting Category of the Art Association of the Philippines Open Art Competition in 1987 and the Grand Prize in the Philippine Art Awards in 2006. She is the first recipient of the Alliance Française de Manille Philippine Artist Residency Program which brought her to Cité International des Art in Paris for a three-month residency and further training in various intaglio techniques and color viscosity at La Taille Douce in 2011. She is a 2012 grantee of the Asian Cultural Council for a six-month artist’s residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York for training in Lithography. She was the Philippine representative to Speaking House Art Camp in Kerala, India in 2011 and in the 27th Asian International Artists Exhibition Art Camp in Krabi, Thailand in 2013. She has exhibited extensively in the Philippines and abroad from 1986.

After serving as President of the Philippine Association of Printmakers from 2007 to 2012, she is now a member of the Board and continues to actively participate in the PAP projects. She occasionally gives lectures on printmaking and is among the facilitators for printmaking workshops. Abaño is a faculty member at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. Apart from these she devotes time in being involved various art related projects.

2003-present: Masters in Fine Arts - University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City
1990: Bachelor of Science, Architecture - University of Santo Tomas, Manila City
1983-1985: High School - St. Scholastica’s College, Manila City
1980-1983: High School - Canossa Academy, Lipa City
1974.1980: Grade School - Canossa Academy, Lipa City

Solo Exhibitions
2008 May: Parisukat (as part of Survey 8) Avellana Gallery, Pasay City

2007 November: Romancing the Leaves, Habi Interiors/Gallery Serendra, Makati City

2006 June-August: Transfigurations Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City

2001 In Bloom Casa Victoria Gallery New Jersey USA

2000 Florescence Mai Room Ayala Museum, Makati City

1999 September: In Bloom Ad Infinitum Galleries, San Juan

Mula sa Punla Philippine Art Center New York,
November: Filipino-American Annual Fair Virginia, USA

September: Flowers and Bromeliads Miami, Florida
July: Luntian - Kulay ng Buhay Philippine Art Center New York

1988 February: Ambie R. Abaño, UP Los Baños Art Gallery, UPLB Laguna

Group Exhibitions
March: Other Views from Elsewhere, Cagayan de Oro City
February: 22nd Asian International Art Exhibition, (Philippine Representation) Ground Floor Gallery Ayala Museum, Makati City
ongoing: Left Wing Right Wing, UP Faculty Exhibition, UP College of Fine Arts, Diliman Quezon City

August: pinoyprintmakers@CDO, Museo de Oro, Cagayan de Oro City
December: The Medium is the Message, Alliance Francaise de Manille, Makati City
November: Tutok KasaySayang, Alab Art Space, Makati City
2007-08 SY: Left Wing Right Wing, UP Faculty Exhibition, UP College of Fine Arts, Diliman Quezon City
October: Everyday Eve, Glorietta Mall, Makati City
October: Shades of Her Nurture, Commerce Hall, Alabang Town Center, Alabang
October: Patches of Her Presence, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong
January: Xenses, Ricco Renzo, Makati City
June: pinoyprintmakers@germanclubmanila, Makati City
April: KutKot: Cut Above the Rest, Yellow Door Gallery, Power Plant Mall, Makati City
May: Boxed, Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino, CCP, Pasay City

November: A/P: Analog Playground, Ateneo Art Gallery, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Boxed, Pasilyo Big Sky Mind, Quezon City

April: INtroSPECTION, Alliance Francaise de Manille Gallery Annex, Makati City

April: Alliance en Resonnance Alliance Francaise de Paris, France
April: Ang Paglalahad ng Walong Filipina The Corredor UP CFA Diliman Quezon City
March: Ang Paglalahad ng Walong Filipina Lionggoren Gallery Cubao, Quezon City and The Corredor UP CFA Diliman Quezon City
March: UPMFA Exhibits The Corredor UP College of Fine Arts

October: Mirrored Images, Alliance Francaise de Manille, Makati City
October: By Way of Discourses, Circle Gallery, SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City
October: 13 Moderns, Philippine Art Gallery, White Plains, Quezon City
November: Festival of Trees, The Enterprise Center, Makati City
November: Punong Puno ng Pasko, Hotel Inter-Continental, Makati City

November: Philippine Art Awards 1998, Glorietta Mall, Makati City

November: 11 Artists, Micaller Galery, Makati City

1993 June: Global Environmental Organization Center Gallery, Manila City

XXII Shell National Student Art Competition, Makati City
March: Lotus Art Group, Sining Pilipino, Makati City
February: Young Filipino Artists, Embassy of the Union Soviet Socialist Republic, Pasay City

April: Kaisa sa Talino’t Hangarin Group Show, Manila Hotel, Manila City
June: The Manila Art Festival ’88, Manila Art Museum, Manila City
March: Likhng Sining ‘88, Galerie Bleue, Makati City

December: AAP Open Art Competition Exhibit, PICC CCP Complex, Pasay City
July: Buksan ang Puso sa Sining Katha Group Exhibition, Philippine Heart Center, Quezon City
October: Spektrum 18th Group Exhibition, Philippine Normal College, Manila City
July: Spektrum 16th Group Exhibition, City Gallery, Manila City
March: Spektrum 15th Group Exhibition, Print Collections Gallery, Manila City
January: Spektrum 14th Group Exhibition, Sining Pilipino Gallery, Makati City

August: Spektrum 13th Group Exhibition, Gallerie Bleue, Makati City

November: 22nd Asian International Art Exhibition, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung West Java, Indonesia
May: Contemporary Prints Philippines, Momentous Gallery, Singapore

2006 October: 7th Triennale Mondiale D’estampes Petit Format, Chamaliers, France

2004 July: Korean Art Festival 2004, Seoul Korea

2003 October: 6th Triennale Mondiale D’estampes Petit Format, Chamaliers, France

2000 September: Bakat: PAP Impressions, Philippine Art Center, New York City

1992 October: Group Show, Tutubi Art Gallery, Middletown New York

Awards and Achievement
2006: Grand Prize, Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards
2003: Best Entry Print Category, Bantay Kalikasan Art Competition
1998: Finalist Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards Glorietta Mall, Makati City
1987: Grand Prize Painting Category, AAP Open Art Competition
1987: First Place, Landscape Painting PWU Student’s Art Competition

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