(b. 1971, Manila, the Philippines)
Annie Cabigting is most recognised for her photorealist paintings, many of which depict people looking at paintings by iconic artists—Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Chuck Close, for instance. She holds a profound understanding of art history, and in recreating the works of masters, has herself mastered their painterly techniques. Yet, more than merely copying these works, she infuses her paintings with a subtly subversive quality. Her paintings are typically set in pristine museums and galleries, exploring the complexities of what it means to present and gaze at an artwork. They have thus been compared to institutional critique, and have been hailed not only for their skillful depictions of masterpieces, but sharp observations of the relationship between an artwork and viewer, filled with sly, minute details.
Annie Cabigting majored in Painting at the University of the Philippines. In 2005, she won the Ateneo Art Awards. She has been exhibited in various solo and group shows in the Philippines and abroad, one of which included the Prague Biennale in Czechoslovakia.