Boston / Santo Domingo   1979 - 1982

In late 1979 Pacita moved to Boston, Massachusetts and for the next two years lived in a large studio loft on Charles Street at the foot of Beacon Hill.

Pacita worked at the Art Institute of Boston on her first prints and lithographs. She held solo exhibitions of: 30 of her "Paintings of Bangladesh" at the University of Massachusetts Gallery in Amherst, MA; 35 of her "Portraits of Africa and Cambodia" at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, CT; and 30 of her "Portraits of Cambodia" at the Boston University Art Gallery, curated by Amy Lighthill.

She painted with artist friends Maria Fang, Barbara Newman and Joanna Kao, and it was during this time that Pacita began applying techniques from Barbara's puppet-making, which lead to the development of her signature trapunto painting style. Watch video

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