JOHN FRANK SABADO

 

ARTIST PROFILE:

Sabado’s journey with nature started when he was a young boy at the heart of a logging concession in Mankayan town in Benguet swearing when the chainsaws hit the trees, he could hear them scream.

Growing up within a logging concession Sabado was surrounded with Mother Nature, making the mountains his playground and seeing at a young age how man made use of natural resources “Nature is the best nanny.”

His younger days were filled with trips to the forests of the highlands, caves and a basic commune with the earth empowering his artistic mission today in saving Mother Earth through his work.

Sabado considers Culture as his weapon to combat ecological destruction “Culture is the only weapon we can use to save what is left of Mother Earth.”

Sabado’s work is a collection of pieces depicting the state of the earth today and how man can salvage what is left of it, done in both pen and ink as well as canvas.

The mixed media works are tinted with hues of the Earth aimed to show the contrast of urban and rural life with tinges of bright yellow and blue cast in a string signifying the loom weaving industry of the Cordillera.


INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS:

2012 Culture as Weapon Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
Vanguards of the Earth The Drawing Room, Makati City
2010 Eco-Warriors Ben Cab Museum, Asin Rd., Tuba, Benguet
2006 Interior Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
2002 Art Serves as My Religion Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
Chayan Hiraya Gallery, Manila
2001 Primordial Ancestors Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
Return to the Native Land Sanctuary Gallery, Maryknoll, Baguio City
1998 Archetypes Hiraya Gallery, Baguio City
1997 Culture as Talisman Christine's Gallery, Baguio City
1994 Ugat Hiraya Gallery, Manila

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2013 Kalasag Return to the Native Land Tam-Awan Village, Baguio City
Kalasag(Four man Show) Artist Space, Ayala Museum, Makati
2012 Review 2012 BenCab Museum, Asin Rd., Tuba, Benguet
Origin and Translations Yuchengco Museum, Makati City
2011 Four Folds Nova Gallery, Makati City
Review BenCab Museum, Asin Rd., Tuba, Benguet
2010 Remix Santiago Bose Yuchengco Museum, Makati City
  Highland Eight BenCab Museum, Asin Rd., Tuba, Benguet
2009 Tradition and Innovation Ayala Museum, Makati City
Inauguration BenCab Museum, Asin Rd., Tuba, Benguet
New Figuration BenCab Museum, Asin Rd., Tuba, Benguet
2008 Art Matters Ayala Museum, Makati City
2007 Cordillera Suites Yuchengco Museum, Makati City
2006 Colors in the Mist Baguio Country Club, Baguio City
2005 The Spirit of Baguio Gallery Rho, Seoul, Korea
2003 Philippine Art Award Metropolitan Museum, Manila
TVA Museo Iloilo, Iloilo City
2002 The 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial Fukuoka, Japan
Darwin Visual Arts Association Gallery Darwin, Australia
24Hr Art Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
2001 16th Asian International Art Exhibition Guangdong Museum of Art, China
Asian Art Awards Bali, Indonesia
Philip Morris Art Awards Metropolitan Museum , Manila
2000 13th Artist Award Cultural Center Of The Philippines, Manila
Philip Morris Art Awards Metropolitan Museum, Manila
Walong Artista Boston Gallery, Quezon City
1999 Archetypes Amsterdam
The 3rd Asia-Pacific Contemporary Art Triennial, Brisbane, Australia
1994 Filipina, Sino sya? (An exhibit on women) Shangri-la Plaza, Manila
Bongga Ka, 'Day (An exhibit on women) Hiraya Gallery, Manila
3rd Asian Travelling Exhibition
(Paintings, Photographs, adn Children's Arts)
Kuala Lumpur & other ASEAN countries
1993 Baguio Art Festival Baguio Convention Center, Baguio City
1992 Manila Arts Festival PhilAm Life Bldg., Manila
Viva National Tour Ateneo de Zamboanga, Zamboanga
Kalasag (4-Man Show) Hotel Nikko, Manila
2nd Visayan Islands Visual Arts Exhibit Bacolod City
1991 Art Ruptions (Benefit Show for Mt. Pinatubo) Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
On the Theme Cordillera Cultural Center of the Philippines
Baguio Arts Festival Baguio Convention Center, Baguio City
1990 Highlanders Bacolod Gallery, Bacolod City
Baguio Arts Festival Baguio Convention Center, Baguio City

AWARDS:

2003 Finalist, Philippine Art Award Metropolitan Museum, Manila
2002 Finalist, Asian Art Award Bali, Indonesia
2001 Juror’s Choice, Philippine Art Award Metropolitan Museum, Manila
2000 Finalist, Philippine Art Award Metropolitan Museum, Manila
2000 13th Artist Award Cultural Center Of The Philippines, Manila
1999 Artist Of The Year Baguio City
1999 Finalist, Windsor And Newton Museo Ng Maynila, Manila