Filipino Realism Painter Gary Carabio turning heads in USA exhibits


Filipino Painter Gary Carabio from Cebu, turning heads in the American art scene

Realist painter Gary Carabio’s first solo exhibit at the Edina Art Center, Minnesota, in 2017 sold out. His jaw-dropping exhibition turned subjects alive through his strokes. It woke the “deep senses” of the Filipino “deep culture.”

His one-person show, “Diversity,” showcased his oil paintings and rich watercolor works that made turned head to this immigrant from Cebu.

Gary Carabio’s painting style

Emotion runs deep in Carabio’s subjects. It’s melancholia but, in essence, exudes belongingness. Filipino pride, deeply rooted in his subjects, be it people, everyday life, or objects.  

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Gary Carabio – Saturday morning, oil in canvass, 2020 (Photo via Facebook)

Self-taught realist pastel and watercolor painter

At 11, Carabio won first prize in an “on-the-spot” painting contest in Cebu City, where he was born. He took up Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines and won multiple times at the annual Jose Joya Awards.

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Gary Carabio – Stalks in water color, 2020 (Photo via Facebook)

Carabio’s Awards and Art Fellowship

He received a total of five first-place awards in the representational, figurative, and non-objective abstraction categories for three years in a row. Interestingly, Carabio is self-taught, inspired by his great grandfather, who was also a painter and a sculptor.

  • Gold Award – 30th International Association of Pastel Societies Convention in New Mexico, 2017
  • Gold Award – Jack Richeson & Co. Annual Pastel Society of America exhibition in New York, 2017
  • First Place – UArt International Web Show, 2018
  • Third Award – Third China (Suzhou) International Biennial Exhibition in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 2018

He is also a resource master for PPA (Philippine Pastel Artists) and an active member of BINHI (seed), a Christian group of artists who supports by sharing portions of their exhibit proceeds to missions.

In the USA, Gary is a member of the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, Pastel Society of America and is in the Master’s Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies.

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Gary Carabio doing the portrait of Maria Oggay, oil in canvass, 2020 (Photo via Facebook)

Gary will be on his third one-person exhibit in Dunedin, Florida, come December 2020

Gary Carabio’s paintings were exhibited at the National Arts Club in New York, the Butler Institute of American Arts in Youngstown, Ohio, and the IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In 2021, he will study an intensive course in representationalism at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.

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