Brian Rabacal (b.1975, Philippines) is a self-taught emerging artist currently living in Bendigo, Central Victoria in Australia. He has been drawing since early childhood. Although, in his early adult life, he was quite skilled at creating realistic portraits, he did not seriously pursue being an artist due to lack of support and opportunities.
When he moved to Australia, he started drawing and painting to pass the time while on the tedious job hunting process. Thanks to social media, friends started noticing his artistic talent and commissioned him to create realistic portraits of their families.
Moving to Bendigo in 2013 opened further opportunities for him. It was at the now defunct VPHG (View Point Handmade Gallery) where he and his wife had their very first group art exhibition, together with many other emerging artists in the city and region.
Brian works mostly in charcoal, pastel, acrylic and oil. His greatest obsession in visual arts is creating detailed, realistic portraits. When not drawing or painting, he loves cooking delicious Filipino foods, which skill his friends can attest to being at par with his skill in producing realistic drawings.
May 2017 – Nara Dreaming Exhibition, Bill’s Shed, Lockwood
Apr 2017 – Rotary Club Easter Art Show, Bendigo Town Hall, Bendigo
Oct 2016 – 23rd Annual St. Paul’s Art Prize, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Bendigo
Sep 2016 – Y Service Club Annual Art Show, Y Community Hall, Kangaroo Flat
Mar 2016 – Rotary Club Easter Art Show, Bendigo Town Hall, Bendigo
Mar 2016 – Easter Paint Out, Rosalind Park Conservatory, Bendigo
Apr 2015 – Easter Paint Out, Rosalind Park Conservatory, Bendigo
Mar 2015 – Bendigo LDS Ward Talent Show, TCJCLDS Building, Flora Hill
Sep 2013 – Small Works Exhibit, View Point Handmade Gallery, Bendigo
Jun 2013 – SecondLife, View Point Handmade Gallery, Bendigo
Jun 2013 – Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery (online)
Highly Commended – 2016 St. Paul’s Art Prize, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Bendigo
People’s Choice Award winner – 2016 Easter Paint Out, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
People’s Choice Award winner – 2015 Easter Paint Out, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
Online Finalist – 2013 Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award