Roberto Chabet

b. 1937, Manila, Philippines
d. 2013, Manila, Philippines

Roberto ‘Bobby’ Chabet was a renowned conceptual artist whose work played a fundamental role in the emergence of contemporary art in the Philippines. Widely acknowledged as the ‘most influential Filipino artist of the postwar generation’, Chabet’s diverse works sought for a more inclusive method to art. Escaping the inflexibility of the rigid structures brought by 1960s Modernism, he undertook a passionate quest for meaning not just in abstraction but also in the value of unadorned commonplace objects in everyday life.

Chabet graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Architecture in 1961. That same year, he held his first solo exhibition at the Luz Gallery in Manila. A curator as well as a professor, he was the founding Museum Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from 1967 to 1970, where he pioneered the prestigious ‘Thirteen Artists Award.’ Subsequently, he ignited the historic ‘Shop 6’ – composed of conceptual artists such as Joy Dayrit, Joe Bautista, and Rodolfo Gan during Martial Law. He taught at the UP Diliman College of Fine Arts for over thirty years, and was the recipient of a number of esteemed awards such as the JD Rockefeller III Fund Grant (1967-1968), the Republic Cultural Heritage Award (1972), and the CCP Centennial Award of Honors for the Arts (1998), among others.


Country: Philippines