We invite you to experience the art of Maui artist Philip Sabado. These paintings chan¬nel history and culture through the artist’s hands telling stories of ancient mythology.
His art education began at an early age on the island of Molokai where he grew. As the youngest of nine children, his mother always put aside enough so that she could provide paint and paper for the young artist.
After serving in the army for four years he returned to Oahu in 1968 to attend the Honolulu Academy of Art. In 1976 he chose to study art comprehensively in Los Angeles, California. He attended the acclaimed Art Center College of Design as well as the Otis Parsons Institute of Design. In 1980 he was selected as a member of the presti¬gious ‘Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.’ He was also selected as one of the top fifty il¬lustrators of the United States and was chosen to study at Columbia University in Paris, France.
Since 1990 to the present Philip has been commissioned for several projects and murals in the Hawaiian Islands. His accomplishments include the Iao Valley State Park interpretive displays, a forty-foot mural for Kaunakakai School on Molokai, and mural for the Hilton Hotels Corporation. As well as the Disney Corporation.
The entire year of 2000 was dedicated to the creation of the mural, "Molokai Nui Ahina" and the five companion cultural panel paintings. The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts commissioned these items. The mural and paint¬ings displayed in the cafetorium and library encompass nine hundred years of Molokai history. In August, Philip completed "He Nani Ali'i", a mural for the Hilton Hotels Corporation in Honolulu that graces the entrance to their grand Spa. In addi¬tion to the mural, two original paintings were sold to the Hilton for the exclusive Ali'i Towers. You will also find prints of Sabado's original floral and hula paintings on all twenty floors of the Hilton Kalia towers.
Many more commissions have followed through the years. In Maui Philip Sabado is “Maui Artist of the Year,” and Philip Sabado Day was declared in 2015 by Mayor Alan Arakawa, and is celebrated at the end of April.