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Time-Lapse Video

This is a time-lapse video showing a part of the making of Unrequited in January 2018, a 30 in. x 30 in. hand-cut, layered paper artwork that was eventually completed in February 2018. Come visit my studio at Sabine Street Studios (Studio No. 148) and see my artworks! 

About Me

My Beginnings

I was born in the Philippines and spent the former part of my childhood there, but moved and lived out the rest of my youth in Corpus Christi, Texas. Art has always been a part of me as far as I could remember, becoming an avid student of it throughout high school. I intended to pursue an artistic endeavor in college, however, as we are all aware, life takes us to surprising places, and right on cue, I ended up earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting and now I am a practicing accountant. For years since, I had all but given up on art, but when I began drawing and painting again in 2016, I found a renewed vigor in the creative process, and my life took on completely new meaning and purpose.

My Artform

Though I create works of art in traditional media (such as graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, and acrylic paints) and nontraditional media (such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel), the medium that I prefer the most is paper. My love of paper as a medium began in high school when my art teacher assigned a Henri Matisse-inspired cut-out art project and when I used wallpaper scraps to create a replica of Madonna and child. These two undertakings—cutting blocks of paper in organic and geometric forms per the Matisse project, and cutting into paper to convey the contour lines of the Madonna-and-child image—form the foundation of the style of paper art that I developed back in 2010. My method of conveying the three-dimensionality of form involves cutting blocks of paper and layering them, with the layers of paper in gradations of color that are in turn cut in such a way that follow the contours of the different values on the form.


Ever since I learned to formally draw back in high school, I have always been intrigued by the human form. This fascination has led to my exploring various aspects of the human condition and experience through my portraiture work, from ideas relating to self and identity, to topics about diversity. My current artistic pursuit is to visually celebrate—or otherwise comment on issues related to—the diversity and the individual stories of the people I meet whose walks of life all led to the multiculturally-, multinationally-, and multi-ethnically-rich city of Houston, Texas—the place I now call home.

My Journey Ahead

As I try to figure out where this art journey takes me, it’s motivating to know that there are a lot of people who are encouraging me to keep going. Family, friends, and people I’ve briefly met—thank you! The sections above explain how I came to be in art and where I am right now. Where I am going tomorrow—I hope you could go along in the ride with me. 

Accomplishments

Artistic Activities Before 2016

  • 2008 Congressional Art Competition - Congressional District in Southern Texas - Artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year
  • Various Texas State V.A.S.E. (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) accolades (including three state medals)
  • Various local art competition accolades (including several blue ribbons)

Artistic Activities in 2016 and 2017​

  • 34th Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) Juried Exhibition - Juror: Zoya Tommy - 2 pieces selected and on display from October 24 to December 3, 2016 at Spring Street Studios
    • Piece 1: Chromatic Dispersion. 2016. Acrylic on canvas. Triptych. Each panel 20 in. x 10 in.
    • Piece 2: The Storm. 2016. Acrylic on canvas. 36 in. x 24 in.
  • 11th Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) Invitational Juried Exhibition - Juror: Lester Marks - 2 pieces selected and on display from January 9 to February 4, 2017 at The Silos at Sawyer Yards
    • Piece 1: Nest and Egg​. 2016. Digital art (PowerPoint). 11.75 in. x 36 in.
    • Piece 2: Duality​. 2016. Digital art (PowerPoint). 24 in. x 18 in.
  • Hardy & Nance Studios 10 x 10 Show - 4 pieces displayed on January 21, 2017
    • Piece 1: Study of a Rose. 2017. Digital Art (Excel & PowerPoint). 10 in. x 10 in.
    • Piece 2: A Dozen Roses. 2017. Digital Art (Excel & PowerPoint). 10 in. x 10 in.
    • Piece 3: Five Flowers. 2017. Digital Art (Excel & PowerPoint). 10 in. x 10 in.
    • Piece 4: Flower Grid. 2017. Digital Art (Excel & PowerPoint). 10 in. x 10 in.
  • 9th Annual Archway Gallery Juried Competition - Juror: Dr. Fernando Casas - 1 piece selected and on display from July 8 to August 3, 2017 at Archway Gallery
    • Piece: Self-Reflection of 2016. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.[*Honorable Mention* Award]
  • 12th Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) Invitational Juried Exhibition - Juror: Catherine Anspon - 4 pieces selected (most by any artist) and on display from August 7 to August 26, 2017 at The Silos at Sawyer Yards
    • Piece 1: Her Golden Throne. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 24 in. x 18 in. [*Honorable Mention* Award]
    • Piece 2: Progression of Self-Reflection. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 3: Confidence. 2017. Graphite on paper. 15 in. x 15 in.
    • Piece 4: La Femme en Rouge. 2017. Soft pastel on paper. 22 in. x 15 in.
  • Fresh Arts #TexasArtistsStrong Pop-Up Show on September 9, 2017 at Spring Street Studios to raise funds for artists affected by Hurricane Harvey
    • Piece: Different Yet the Same. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 10 in. x 18 in.

Artistic Activities in 2018

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  • 35th Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) Open Juried Exhibition - Juror: Molly Glentzer - 1 piece selected and on display from March 4 to April 28, 2018 at BLUEorange Contemporary Art Gallery
    • Piece: Different Yet the Same. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 10 in. x 18.
  • Texas Southern University Art Museum Annual Gala in Hilton Downtown Houston on June 9, 2018 - Invited to Donate Artwork
    • Piece: Profile of a Beauty. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 9 in. x 6 in. [Auctioned Off]
  • Habitats (A Sabine Street Studios Tenants Show) - June 9 to September 8, 2018
    • Piece 1: You Are Not Invisible. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 10 in.
    • Piece 2: Realization is a Progression of Clarity. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 30 in.
    • Piece 3: Different Yet the Same. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 10 in. x 18 in. 
  • Sawyer Yards ‘Real/Surreal’ Juried Exhibition - Juror: Carolyn Garcia - 2 pieces selected and on display from May 12 to August 19, 2018 at The Silos at Sawyer Yards
    • Piece 1: ​Unrequited​. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 30 in. x 30 in.
    • Piece 2: Complexion​. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 30 in. x 30 in.
  • 10th Annual Archway Gallery Juried Competition - Juror Diane Griffin Gregory - 1 piece selected and on display from July 7 to August 2, 2018 at Archway Gallery
    • Piece: Sculpting Modern Beauty. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in.
  • Inspiratus (A Sawyer Yards Tenants Show at Winter Street Studios) - September 8 to October 20, 2018
    • Piece 1: Stay Still. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 2: Pose for the Camera. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 3: Be Confident. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 4: Self-Reflection of 2016. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 5: Progression of Self-Reflection. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
  • The Shape of Expression (A Sabine Street Studios Tenants Show) - October 13, 2018 to January 12, 2019
    • Piece 1: Suspended, No. 1. Crocheted Yarn. 2018. 9 in. x 9 in.
    • Piece 2: Suspended, No. 2. Crocheted Yarn. 2018. 9 in. x 9 in.
    • Piece 3: Suspended, No. 3. Crocheted Yarn. 2018. 9 in. x 9 in.
    • Piece 4: Suspended, No. 4. Crocheted Yarn. 2018. 9 in. x 9 in.
    • Piece 5: Suspended, No. 5. Crocheted Yarn. 2018. 9 in. x 9 in.
  • Retablos31 by MECA and Lawndale - Juror: Theresa Escobedo - 1 piece selected and on display from October 15 to November 2, 2018 (Silent Auction to Benefit MECA)
    • Piece: Millennial Saint of Diversity. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in. [Auctioned Off]
  • WAVE (Women in Armed Forces Veteran Empowerment) Campaign - Donated 1 piece on November 11, 2018.
    • Piece: She Can. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in. [Auctioned Off]
  • ArtCrawl 2018 - Artists for Artists Group Invitational Exhibition at Hardy & Nance Studios - On Display from November 16 to November 18, 2018
    • Piece 1: Brave. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in.
    • Piece 2: The Fight Continues. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in.
  • A Division of Tones: Intensity vs. Serenity (A Sawyer Yards Tenants Show at Winter Street Studios) - November 29, 2018 to January 12, 2019
    • Piece 1: A Study of a Portrait of a Lady - Serene. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 8 in. x 6 in.
    • Piece 2: A Study of a Portrait of a Lady - Intense. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 8 in. x 6 in.
  • Sabine Street Studios Holiday Art Stroll 10 x 10 Art Charity Event - November 30, 2018
    • Piece: Portrait of a Model, November 2018. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 10 in. x 10 in. [Donated and Sold Off]
  • Solo Art Show at Kam's Wok Wine and Dine from November 13 to December 26, 2018. Reception on December 1, 2018.
    • Piece 1: Millennial Beauty. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 20 in. x 16 in.
    • Pieces 2 & 3: Geometric Study of a Portrait, No. 1. Diptych. 2017 & 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in. each
    • Pieces 4 & 5: Geometric Study of a Portrait, No. 2. Diptych. 2017 & 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in. each
    • Piece 6: Realization is a Progression of Clarity. 2017. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 30 in.
    • Piece 7: Comfort. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in.
    • Piece 8: Brave. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in.
    • Piece 9: Progression of a Portrait, No. 1. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in.
    • Piece 10: Progression of a Portrait, No. 2. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in.
    • Piece 11: Progression of a Portrait, No. 3. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in.
    • Piece 12: Progression of a Portrait, No. 4. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 11 in. x 8 in.
    • Piece 13: Person of Color (Mostly Orange & Magenta). 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 14: Person of Color (Mostly Green). 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 15: Person of Color (Mostly Lavender & Teal). 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 16: Person of Color (Mostly Blue & Orange). 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 17: Person of Color (Mostly Green & Magenta). 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.
    • Piece 18: Person. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 12 in. x 12 in.

Artistic Activities in 2019

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  • Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2019 Juried Art Competition - Juror: Jennie Goldstein, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC - 1 piece selected and on display from January 17 to March 15, 2019 (Reception: January 17th at 6pm at KBR Tower in Downtown Houston) - 63 artworks selected from 899 artworks submitted
    • Piece: Millennial Beauty. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 20 in. x 16 in.
  • Artist INC Houston Class of 2019 - One of 25 multi-disciplinary artists selected across the city to participate in art-business workshops, culminating in a presentation at Houston City Hall on May 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
  • United Airlines IAH Bush Airport Finalist - One of 34 finalists from 250+ artists across Houston considered for a large-scale art commission
  • 2019 National Art Prize by Cambridge Art Association - 1 piece selected and on display from May 14 to June 22, 2019 (Reception: May 15th at 7pm in Cambridge, MA) - 82 artworks selected from over 1000 artworks submitted
    • Piece: Brave. 2018. Hand-cut, layered paper. 14 in. x 11 in.
  • Boundless (A Sabine Street Studios Tenant Show) - January 24 to March 22, 2019
  • Renew/Refresh (A Sabine Street Studios Tenant Show) - April 5 to June 8, 2019
  • Fresh Arts Glow Ball Gala - Donated an artwork auctioned off to raise funds for the non-profit - March 29, 2019 - Artwork auctioned off
  • Houston Grand Opera Annual Gala - Donated an artwork to be auctioned off to raise funds for the HGO - April 13, 2019
  • Fresh Arts Artist INC Graduation and Artist Talk at Houston City Hall - May 22, 2019
  • Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) 36th Juried Open Exhibition - June 17 to July 13, 2019 - Silver Street Studios West Wing - Juror: Christine Jelson West of Houston First Corporation
  • Conversations on Culture (A Sawyer Yards Show) - June 21 - August 10, 2019
  • Come Together: A Sawyer Yards Collaborative Exhibit - August 3 - October 12, 2019
  • Just Ink Chapter 8 collaborative pop-up show - September 28, 2019
  • stARTup Art Fair - October 13-15, 2019
  • Retablos32 - November 8, 2019

Artistic Activities in 2020

  • Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2020 Juried Art Competition - Juror: Cara Manes, Assistant Curator, Museum of Modern Art, NYC - 1 piece selected and on display from January 16 to March 13, 2020 (Reception: January 16th at 6pm at KBR Tower in Downtown Houston) - ? artworks selected from ? artworks submitted across Texas

Art Mentions

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  • Houston Art Tribe, 22nd Episode (Link)
  • Blog article in HALT713 (Houston Art Less Traveled) (Link)
  • VoyageHouston Magazine (Link)
  • Peace, Love & Canvas (Link)
  • Archway Gallery Directory (Link)
  • Bruvel Editions Directory (Link)
  • Fresh Arts' Artist INC Houston (Link)
  • Fresh Arts Directory (Link)
  • Red Bug Creatives Guest Speaker (Link)
  • Sawyer Yards Directory (Link)
  • Sawyer Yards Spotlight Video (Link)
  • Visual Arts Alliance Directory (Link)
  • UH Grad Student's Capstone (Link)

Events

All events listed here are free and open to the public

Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2020 Opening Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

KBR Tower (Downtown Houston)

Event Details

Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2020 Opening Reception

Juror: Cara Manes, Assistant Curator, Museum of Modern Art, NYC


Free parking in the parking garage on Louisiana St. across the street from KBR Tower (connected by a sky bridge).


The list of selected artists can be viewed in the Assistance League of Houston website (TBD for 2020 link).

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

KBR Tower (Downtown Houston)

Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

Second Saturday Open House

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sabine Street Studios

Event Details

Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

Second Saturday Open House

Come by and visit during this month's Second Saturday open house


Prior Second Saturdays: 11/9, 10/12, 9/14, 8/10, 7/13, 6/8, 5/11, 4/13, 3/9, 2/9, 1/12, 12/8, 11/10, 9/8, 8/11, 7/14, 6/9, 5/12, 4/14

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sabine Street Studios

Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

Archway Gallery Monthly Opening Reception

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Archway Gallery

Event Details

Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

Archway Gallery Monthly Opening Reception

Come visit Archway Gallery for the opening reception of this month's special exhibition.


Prior opening receptions / front gallery featured show / my artwork on display:

- 12/7/19 - Segments & Spaces - TBD (TBD)

- 11/2/19 - Intangible References - Displayed older artwork

- 10/5/19 - Seeding, Blooming, Renewal - A Moment of Reflection (Self-Portrait)

- 9/7/19 - Transportable Cities: Mexico - Royal Profile (Ms. White)

- 8/10/19 - Inherently Eclectic - Built Strong (Mr. Key)

- 7/6/19 - 11th Annual Juried Exhibition - Natural and Natural Prose (Ms. Caston)

- 6/1/19 - Ink&Image 2019 - Contemplation (Mrs. Elmore)

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Archway Gallery

Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Opening Reception at Sabine Street Studios

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sabine Street Studios

Event Details

Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Opening Reception at Sabine Street Studios

Join us for the opening reception of the tenant show at Sabine Street Studios!


Prior show opening receptions:

- 11/9/19 Out Authentic Selves (11/1/19 - 2/8/20)

- 8/23/19 Abundance (8/23-10/19/19)

- 6/21/19 Conversations on Culture (6/21-8/10/19)

- 4/5/19 Renew/Refresh (4/5-6/8/19)

- 2/6/19 Boundless (1/25-3/23/19)

- 11/9/18 The Shape of Expression (10/6/18-1/12/19)

- 8/11/18 Habitats (on view 6/15-9/8/18)

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sabine Street Studios

Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Retablos32 - Noche de Retablos

8:00 pm - 12:00 am

MECA Houston

Event Details

Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Retablos32 - Noche de Retablos

Curated show of retablos, with proceeds from sales donated to assist MECA Houston

8:00 pm - 12:00 am

MECA Houston

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Anthony Pabillano, Artist

Sabine Street Studios, Studio No. 148

1907 Sabine Street, Houston, Texas 77007, United States

(281) 410-1744