Benjie Cabangis work attest to his detailed study and adept mastery in recreating form and surface. Using various painting techniques and improvisation to build on and obscure the flatness of blank canvas, the artist recreates the seeming infinity of receding space, the push and pull of shade and light. The power of Cabangis abstraction lies in their layered references and allusions. The artist often works on an actual imagery of an interior space or the structures of a building as a starting point, dissolving slowly the imagery through his intervention of exquisite layering to create subtle patinas, planes, light and shadows. The process alludes to the loss, displacement of places and memories.
Born in 1957, Manila, Philippines, Benjie Cabangis is one of the country’s respected abstractionists with 24 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions here and abroad. He is currently a full professor at the UP College of Fine Arts where he also graduated with a BFA in Painting in 1978.
Cabangis received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award in 1978, the Fernando Amorsolo Professorial Chair in Painting in 1992, 1996, 2002 and 2004 and the Gawad Chanselor as UP’s Outstanding Visual Artist in 1999.
Cabangis is represented in various private and corporate collections notable of these are those of the International Finance Corporation in World Bank, Washington, DC, the Philippine Consulate in New York, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Far East Bank and Trust Co. the Sycip, Gorres and Velayo & Co SGV ), the Manuel M. López Development Center (MMLDC), the Philippine Investments Management Consultants, Inc. (PHINMA), and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company ( PLDT)
Cabangis is presently the curator of the UP Fine Arts Gallery at the College of Fine Arts in UP Diliman.