Pacita Abad (1946-2004), internationally renowned, Philippine-American contemporary painter, was born in Basco, Batanes, a small island in the northernmost part of the Philippines. Her thirty-year painting career began when she traveled to the United States to study law in San Francisco. It was there that she decided to switch careers and dedicate her life to painting.
Since that time Pacita never stopped being a gypsy, and painted the globe while working on six different continents and traveling to more than 50 countries. During her career Pacita created over 4,500 artworks, and her paintings were exhibited in more than 200 museums and galleries around the world.