Vaño, Gabriela Isobelle Niña Nazareno


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Gabriela Isobelle Niña Nazareno Vaño is a visual artist and printmaker from Bohol who goes by the artist name “Gabi Nazareno.” She finished her studies in Mass Communication in the University of the Philippines Cebu (2011), before completing a BFA in Studio Arts (Painting), from the University of the Philippines in Diliman (2017), where she was awarded the Dominador Castañeda Award for Outstanding Thesis. She was also a recipient of the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Award for Outstanding Achievement in Culture and Arts in 2007.

Her portfolio includes drawings, paintings, prints and videos that at times incorporate a participatory or performative aspect. Her recent works are anatomically-inspired prints that marry traditional relief printmaking with laser-cut technology. Her art revolves on the complexities and the politics of the mind and body, memory and place.

She has been actively showing her works in notable galleries (Altro Mondo, Art Cube, Kaida Contemporary, Mono8, Tin-aw, Vinyl on Vinyl, and Qube) and institutions (BenCab Museum, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Fundacion Sansó, Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art, National Commission for Culture and Arts, Orange Project – Bacolod, UP Vargas Museum, and UP Visayas Museum) within the country. Her work has also been exhibited abroad – specifically in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy and Taiwan.

She has mounted two solo exhibitions in Manila: the first one at NCCA Gallery in 2020 and the second one in Gravity Art Space in 2022. At present, she is part of the College of Communication, Art and Design Faculty of the University of the Philippines Cebu, where she teaches Philippine Arts & Culture, Printmaking, and Techniques (Drawing).


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