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Pacita Abad (1946 – 2004) was an internationally renowned, Philippine-American painter who was born in Batanes, a small island in the South China Sea. Her 32 year painting career began when she traveled to the United States to study law, but later switched careers to dedicate her life to painting.
Pacita holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Arts degree in Asian History from the University of San Francisco, California. She then studied painting at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C. and The Art Students League in New York City. Since that time Pacita never stopped being a gypsy artist, 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.