Katutubo. Geisha. Essence of Women. Pamela Gotangco Hupp – Filipino Abroad

Katutubo. Geisha. Essence of Women. Pamela Gotangco Hupp

Katutubo exhibit

“THE Katutubo series is a tribute to all Filipino Indigenous women. The series aim is to encourage the audience to learn more about their culture, traditions, and mythology. Most pieces have words written on the clothing,” explained Pamela Gotangco Hupp (FWN100™ Global 2018) about her Katutubo Tribute to Filipino Indigenous Women. “The words could be names of deities, legends, or myths from an indigenous group,” she continued. By searching for the words online, art connoisseurs can learn more about the meaning of the words.

Pamela Gotangco Hupp and Katutubo art

Pamela, who started painting professionally in 2010, is now based in Zurich. Her work has been well received at art galleries in Switzerland, including SCOPE Basel 2016, Art International Zurich, Manila Art 2015 in the Philippines, and other countries, including the Saatchi Gallery in London in the UK, Times Square in New York and Art Basel in Miami in the US, and Art Shopping in Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France.


In her website Gotangcoart.com and other websites, Pamela’s approach to art is well articulated: “She believes in expressing her thoughts, however momentous, insignificant, or random they may be to the world, through her artwork. She characterizes her style as figurative, feminine and arbitrary, frequently bordering socio-political arguments.”


As a proponent of equal opportunity for women, she also draws insight from the role, struggles, and triumphs of women in indigenous cultures and in our present post-modern society. She explains that “her work can be seen as self-portraiture of her private life using iconic female figures.” Her subjects are engaging to the mind and soul; generally feminine, tender, and cunning. She incorporates metal, what she calls “hard and mindless objects” to serve as a contrast with her delicate subjects.

Katutubo series
Part of Katutubo series

Collectors from several continents have already acquired her artwork, a testament to the appeal of her work to a wide range of art connoisseurs. Pamela wants to engage the viewer to sense a connection in her subject matter and to provoke discussion.

Four of Pamela’s spring Geisha pieces will be part of the 11 International Artists who will showcase their work in Baselon from April 5 to 13.

Pamela’s favorite geisha acquired by Art 333 Gallery collector
Vernissage, April 5, 2019

Madame Maria Teresa C. Lepatan, the wife to H. E. Ambassador Dennis Lepatan, will be hosting a tea party on April 6 to officially open Pamela’s solo exhibition at Sentro Rizal Room of the Philippine Embassy in Berne. The event is by invitation only from the Philippine Embassy, but you can send Pamela a personal message and request for an official letter.

Photos courtesy of Pamela Gotangco Hupp.

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