The ability to produce quality work consistently over a fifty-year period is to be admired and lauded. This
is what we celebrate in the exhibition and catalogue
Graven Images: 1964-2014, Pandy Aviado: Fifty
Years of Printmaking.
The most significant printmaker to emerge in the mid-1960s immediately after Manuel Rodriguez, Sr. and
Rodolfo Paras-Perez, Pandy Aviado is one of the legendary first Thirteen Artists of the Cultural Center of
the Philippines in 1971. He participated in numerous group exhibitions here and abroad and represented
the country in several international art exhibitions, such as the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1967, the Indian
Triennale in 1968, and the Paris Biennale in 1969, as well as in various exchanges on the art of fine print.
But what makes Pandy’s career all the more meaningful and admirable is his willingness to share his
knowledge and craft. As a faculty member of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts and
Dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts of the Philippine Women’s University, he awakened many
young Filipino artists to the intricacies and beauty of graphic expressions. He introduced many of his
fellow artists to the art of fine print including Bencab, Ray Albano, Efren Zaragoza, and Lucio Martinez. In
1978, he set up The Monastery, a private print workshop, in Baguio with Michael Parsons. In 1989, with
Jolly Benitez, Aviado established the Mariposa Gallery and Workshop in Cubao, which became the home
of the Philippine Association of Printmakers for the next three years. Over the years, Pandy remains a
champion for the graphic medium.
For his unwavering commitment and passion to the delicate yet powerful art form of printmaking and
what he refers to as “the road less traveled,” we are humbled and remain forever grateful.
Ma. Elizabeth “Mariles” L. Gustilo
Director, Ayala Museum