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Roberto “Bobby” Chabet, retired professor of the Studio Arts Department of the College of Fine Arts, died of cardiac arrest on April 30. He was 76.
Born on 29 March 1937, Chabet finished Architecture from the University of Sto. Tomas.
He taught at the University for 31 years, starting as Instructor I in 1971 until his retirement as Professor IX in 2002. He served as Chairperson of the Department of Theory from 1978 to 1981 and of the Department of Studio Arts from 1981 to 1984. He was also named Artist-in-Residence from 1 June 1979 until 31 May 1983, on an extended basis.
Chabet is known for his thought-provoking art. His trailblazing works include installations, drawings, collages, sculpture and paintings.
Chabet initiated the Thirteen Artists Award in 1970, when he served as the founding Museum Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The award is given to young Filipino visual artists in recognition of their pioneering works that set directions and trends in Philippine art.
He is survived by his sisters, Carmen Mesina and Milagros Garcia. —ACG