Pep Manalang aka “Maria Belina S. Manalang” is an abstract artist whose paintings have been widely exhibited in Manila, Philippines. She is also an amateur photographer who does her own darkroom work.
Pep is represented by The Drawing Room and Altro Mondo, in Metro Manila.
She studied Architecture and Physics before obtaining her Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Her degrees include B.S. Physics from University of the Philippines, Diliman, an M.A.Physics from SUNY Buffalo, and an MFA from University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Pep has currently been working mostly with acrylic paint, on paper, wood, or canvas. She uses modeling paste to create texture and layers paint washes to achieve different tonalities and color compositions. She often starts with a symmetrical composition then uses repetition of lines to support the framework.