Leo Abaya (b. 1960) lives and works in Quezon City, Philippines.
His explorations in painting, sculpture, installation, and video inquire about histories, remembering, and the body. He is an AAP Juror’s Prize winner, and is also a multi-awarded Production/Set designer, and a filmmaker.
In addition to local galleries, his works have been exhibited at the UP Vargas Museum and Research Center, the Lopez Museum, the Ayala Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and the CCP in Metro Manila, he George Segal Gallery – Montclaire State University, N.J. and the Fisher Museum – University of Southern California in the U.S. and was a contributing artist to the Philippine Color Notebook for Reporters Without Borders in Fabrica: Ouvert Les Yeux (Fabrica: Eyes Wide Open), Pompidou Centre, Paris. He also had works and collaborations shown in a survey exhibition of Philippine Art at the Asian Civilization Museum Singapore, Utterly Art Gallery, Willie Valentine Fine Art, and Pearl Lam Fine Art at Gillman Barracks in Singapore. His works are in various private collections, including institutions like the Singapore Art Museum, ILOMOCA, and the extensive UP Art Collection.
He earned his MA Fine Art degree at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton in the United Kingdom as a U.P. Postgraduate Fellow. He finished his BFA, magna cum laude, at U.P. College of Fine Arts Diliman where he is presently full Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Studio Arts. He has mentored many young artists exhibiting today.