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3 Jul : 2 Aug 2013

Exhibition opening and book launch
3 Jul 2013, 5PM onwards

Phyllis Zaballero celebrates her life as an artist with COLOR MY WORLD, an exhibition of her latest works at Altro Mondo gallery, 3rd Floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. The opening will coincide with the launch of the book PHYLLIS ZABALLERO by renowned author Alfredo Roces.

Born in Cavite during the last world war, Phyllis née del Rosario led a peripatetic lifestyle with her parents, Fermin and Felicitas, travelling and living in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Geneva, Paris and Barcelona during the late forties and fifties. When in 1960 her father died in Barcelona, she came home to Manila with her mother to bury his remains and to mourn.

She completed her AB in Economics at UP Diliman in 1963, married banker Toti Zaballero in 1964 and started her life as wife and mother to three sons. In 1974, she enrolled in the College of Fine Arts at UP Diliman, graduating in 1978, magna cum laude, with a 13 Artists grant from the Cultural Center of the Philippines to boot. She also opened her first solo exhibit that year, a show titled simply "Zaballero" at the Small Gallery of the CCP. In a curious coincidence, that first show opened on the 7th of July, exactly 35 years ago this month.

COLOR MY WORLD highlights the still life and figurative works on canvas and paper for which Phyllis has come to be known — remembered meals in the homes of friends and fellow artists, works interacting with the her idol, Pablo Picasso, tablescapes or bodegones, and windows - all a reflection, and a remembrance, of the artist's own travels and her life as young girl, homemaker, mother, student and now grandmother to a new generation of Zaballeros.

The Roces book, ZABALLERO, is a first major publication on the artist. In glorious color, important paintings are featured while following the artist through her life and artistic career to the present day. The development of her working technique from inspiration to finished painting is detailed in Zaballero's own words to benefit both student and art lover alike.

The artist is a supporter of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), and a portion of the show's proceeds will benefit the ACC's Philippine Fellowship Program.

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