It was in 1971 that Carmen “Menchu” Martinez-Pascual earned her degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines. The year 1971 had become special for this artiste because as she was
beginning to “start life”, the group of which she was a part of, garnered important awards for their participation in the UP Advertising Design Contest of that year.
Menchu Pascual from the beginning of her career has always been adventurous and a go-getter. Straight from college she ventured in another form of art – the manufacturing of garments for professionals. For
two decades Menchu, designed and manufactured office uniforms under her label, “Career Clothes”.
Prioritizing family over her career as a clothes manufacturer, it was in 1993 that Menchu decided to close her business to be with her husband in India for a foreign assignment. It was in India that Menchu
once again began to paint evolving to become the artiste that she is today.
Following both the realist and the impressionist traditions in her painting techniques, Menchu’s works come in a kaleidoscope of colors while showing depth and perspective. Her works showcase the beauty of
nature. Her flowers, her mountains, and/or her skies come to life and become vibrant in her every stroke and in each and every one of her compositions
Although producing Art has always been a big part of Menchu Pascual’s life, she opened her doors to get involved in apostolic works; and for the past 18 years she was active in various service organizations,
In the early years of the millennium, she made time to take lessons under Isabel Echeverria Rocha, a Filipino-Spanish painter now based in Spain.
As president of the ADB Spouses Association in 1999 – 2000, a multinational group of artists associated with the ADB, Menchu organized an exhibit : “Art for a Cause”. She also joined recent exhibitions by
the UP Centennial Artists who regularly exhibit at the Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City.
As vice president of the UP College of Fine Arts Alumni Association Foundation Inc. (UPCFAAAFI), she also played an important role in organizing Artbeat 1, 2, and 3.
Menchu’s favorite subjects include landscapes, seascapes, flowers, still life, and horses – often based on her memories of scenes from her numerous travels.
These days, Menchu does not confine herself in realism but has also presented her thoughts through her abstract works.
Menchu Pascual is the artiste who paints, the artiste who has leadership qualities who can fit into any social or civic team or organization whose aim is to contribute for the betterment of people.
Indeed, Menchu Pascual is one artiste in a category of her own!
View her works at the University of the Philippines Henry Sy Hall at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) from September 8 to October 8. Your eyes will feast with the colors and shapes of Menchu Pascual’s fine