The artist’s methods for printmaking highlights the faces of women and reveals her insight on the perception of females in society.

Ambie Abano at work

“I take interest in the subject of women because of the way they are perceived,” says Ambie Abano, the awarded artist and senior member of the Philippine Association of Printmakers.  Her current exhibit, “Lifted Veils,” runs until January 31 at Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea and showcases her fascination for contour and detail in telling a story through the portrayal of her subject's face. Her pieces, “Women hold-up half the sky” and “Self-assured,” visually communicate the textures that are revealed on a person’s identity when, indeed, the veils of societal perception and prejudice are lifted.

"Women hold-up half the sky" woodcut printing on painting on canvas; "Self-assured" woodcut print on handmade paper

“I think it’s quite inherent as you become aware or inquisitive because you are a woman yourself,” says Abano of her process. On January 25, Saturday, Abano demonstrates her skills and methods of woodcut printing at the Altro Mondo gallery. The artist’s talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. for the general public – students, artists, enthusiasts alike. Abano, who is also a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Fellowship Program and Alliance Francaise de Manille Philippines Artist Residency Program (PARP), will  be sharing her experiences from her six-month artistic immersion in New York. The deputy director and director of program of ACC New York will be present at the event to discuss the commitments of the exchange program for interested attendees of the talk.

Abano will be giving away three of her works by means of a raffle at the event. For enquiries, please call +632.501.3270 to 71 or e-mail

Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea 3/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Centre, Makati City

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