Inspiring Female FilAm Artists You Need to Know

September 29, 2018

Inspiring Female Filam Artists You Need to Know
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Inspiring Female FilAm Artists You Need to Know

If you’re looking for awesome Filipino inspired artwork and illustration, these fabulous Filipino American artists will not disappoint! I have been admiring these pinay artists for a long time and just wanted to share their work with you. 

Pinay – a nickname for a Filipino woman. The male version, or referring to both female/male is “pinoy”

Don’t forget to check out each artists’ online shops and Instagram profiles for a full spectrum of the products and art they offer. Their online shops are filled with great gift ideas, home decor, and artwork.


Ethel Martinez

of Gunita Designs

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IG: @gunita_designs

Ethel Martinez, shop owner of Gunita Designs, is a 2nd Generation Filipino-American and currently resides in Yorba Linda, CA with her husband and two kids. Ethel is a professional graphic designer by day, but loves working on her Filipino-themed designs by night. Continue reading and learn why Ethel named her company “Gunita Designs”…

See examples of Gunita Designs here.

What I enjoy about Ethel’s work is how she takes the best parts of Filipino culture and turns them into cute pictures and drawings in a modern hip way. You’ll find her illustrations on prints, greeting cards, stickers, mugs, and more. One of my favorites is the “Gising na” rooster mug. That brings back memories of getting woken up by the roosters while living in the Philippines!


Pamela Goodman

of Pamela Goodman Art

IG: @pamelagoodmanart

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“Hello, I’m a children’s illustrator living near Portland, OR. I have been making art since I was a little kid. I grew up surrounded by piles of books from the library. I loved being immersed in the worlds of fairy tales, Beatrix Potter, Frog and Toad, and the Little House series to name a few. I loved how the pictures could tell so much of the story, and transport you to another time and place.” Continue reading and learn where Pamela gets her inspiration for making art…

See examples of Pamela’s illustrations here.

What I love about Pamela’s drawings is the whimsical feeling you get when you see them. Your kids will love the adorable pictures of animals, wildlife, and kids just having fun! It takes me back to my childhood days where adventure was just a camping trip away. 



of Halo Halo Letters


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“My name is Gabby and I am the face behind Halo-Halo Letters. Ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with all things stationary and collecting all the coloring and writing utensils in the world. I do hand lettering for signs, design and create handmade cards and banners, and much more!” Continue reading and learn why Gabby named her business “Halo Halo Letters”…

See examples of Gabby’s work here.

What I love about Halo Halo Letters is that the final products are totally trendy and Pinterest-ready. Gabby also takes influences of Filipino culture and uses them as inspiration for her work. My favorite is the collection of greeting cards she makes!


Paola Olivares

of Art of Pao

IG: @artofpaolaolivares

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“Art has always been a part of my life ever since I was a little girl growing up in Manila. Like Rapunzel in Disney’s “Tangled”, I was an only child that found art as a means of comfort and adventure to express one’s emotions and imagination.

My artwork has always been inspired by all things cute, but it was only recently that I realized that I should include a more of my Filipino culture into my art.”

Don’t miss the Filipino American Voices feature on Paola Olivares, who shares her story and dream of aspiring to become an artist and illustrator. 

I feel very inspired by Paola’s work just by seeing how her characters represent diverse people with many different ethnicities, styles, and looks. I love how she takes Filipino culture and puts a modern twist on it through colorful art and animated figures.


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