Born 1937 Manila, the Philippines
Died 2013 Manila, the Philippines
Lived and worked in
Manila, the Philippines
Roberto Chabet is widely acknowledged as the founding figure of Philippine conceptual art and one of the most influential figures of the postwar generation of South-East Asian artists. He is highly regarded for his experimental works, ranging from sculptures and installations made from everyday and found materials, to paintings, drawings and collages. He was the founding Museum Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from 1967–70 and subsequently led the alternative artist group Shop 6. He taught for more than thirty years at the University of the Philippines while continuing to be involved with artist-run spaces in Manila. Chabet’s sculptures often drew on and extended conceptual ideas of relational and serial structures, using materials such as plywood for their association with the rebuilding of Manila after it was bombed at the end of World War Two, and implicating the body of the viewer into an experience of the work in space.