Isobel “Iso” is a Filipina visual artist. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a major in Humanities (Literature and Fine Arts) and minor in Japanese Studies. With oil and graphite as her primary weapons of choice, she is also well versed in ink, charcoal, and digital tools.

Her liquid flexibility with art styles often takes the shape of the theme and occasion. However, one can also recognize her preference with vivid shades of red, blue, and purple, as well as the piercing expressions of her subjects: strong, stubborn, and struggling. She has been participating in various group exhibitions and art events immediately after her first group show in Metro Manila in December 2011.


Solo Exhibitions

2016 /“Remote_CTRL”, Qube Gallery

2016 / “Sea of Fertility”, Metro Gallery

2014 / “Icarus Smicarus”, Vinyl on Vinyl


Pair Exhibitions

2016 / “Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event” with Eleanor Giron,
J Studio

2014 / “Kintsukuroi” with Tokwa Peñaflorida, Altro Mondo

2013 / “The Call of the Void” with Katrina Pallon, Art Gallery Asia


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 / “Differences II”, Artspace at Deustche Bank, Taguig

2017 / “Fresh Ceremony”, Provenance Art Gallery, Taguig

2017 / “All About Women”, Art Anton, Art Fair Philippines

2017 / “Kintsukuroi 2”, Pineapple Lab

2016 / “The Madtinkers’ Tea Party”, Gallery Nine, ManilArt

2016 / “Blue House: Philippines” (Frida Kahlo tribute), Vinyl on Vinyl

2016 / “Sentiment & Dynamic Inertia”, Korean Cultural Center
Shanghai, China

2015 / “The Fe(male) Gaze”, Cevio Art Haus

2015 / “Bull in the Heather”, Art Center Megamall

2015 / “Memento Vivere / Memento Mori”, Metro Gallery

2015 / Asia Contemporary Art c/o Cevio Art Haus, Hong Kong

2014 / “DOMestication”, Post Gallery

2014 / “Novus Praeternatura”, A Space Manila

2014 / “EASE”, Tam-awan Village

2014 / “9to5″, Now Gallery and Auctions

2014 / “Chaos in Progress”, Cevio Art Haus

2014 / “The HEAT Show”, Sigwada Art Gallery

2014 / “Art is Fair: Democratizing Art Now!”, Kanto, The Collective

2013 / “Bloom Arts Festival 2013″, The Collective

2013 / “A Third Helping of Instant Doodles”, My Little Art Place

2012 / “Swarm”, Kanto, The Collective

2012 / “First Orbit”, Kanto, The Collective

2012 / “Bloom Arts Festival“, Cubao X

2012 / “Chimera Obscura“, Galerie OneWorkshop

2012 / “Acid Asylum: A Roomful of Nightmares“, Vinyl on Vinyl

2012 / “Even More Instant Doodles”, My Little Art Place

2012 / “Inaugural Exhibition”, Master’s Art Trend Gallery

2011 / “Technoteapot: A Gothic and Steampunk Tea Party”, LRI Design Plaza



Finalist, Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) 68th Art Competition (Painting category), 2015


Selected Features

“Meet the 30 Artists Under 30 Set to Rule the Local Art Scene”, Esquire, 2017

“The classic, the quirky, and more at ManilArt 2017”, Rappler, 2017

“How Philippine art differs from our ASEAN Neighbors’”, BusinessWorld, 2017

“Linya Erotika: Outlines you want to fill in”, Young Star, 2017

“Unity of Opposites: Isobel Francisco on Meaning and Madness”, Manila Bulletin, 2016

“Undisclosed Desires”, Scout Magazine, 2015-2016

“A Little ManilArt Appreciation”, Manila Bulletin, 2016

“10 Filipino Artists You Should Follow on Instagram”,, 2015

“See three female artists put the spotlight on male anatomy”,, 2015

“Art Is”, (Season 2 Episode 6), Thinking Man’s Classroom, 2015

“Broken Portraits”, Art+ Magazine, 2014

“Isobel Francisco’s ‘Icarus Smicarus’ at Vinyl on Vinyl”, Chuvaness, 2014

“Digital Illustrations by Isobel Francisco”, Juxtapoz Magazine, 2014

“KINTSUKUROI”, Philippine Tatler Homes, 2014

“A Fresh Slate”, Metro Home Magazine, 2014

GMA News: “‘Endangered Visions’ brings together mindscapes of acclaimed artists”, 2014

“The visual poetry of Katrina Pallon and Isobel Francisco”, The Philippine Star, 2013

“Art Blooms Again”, Young Star, Lifestyle Features, The Philippine Star, 2013

{m}aganda Magazine, University of California, Berkeley, “Broke” Issue, 2012

“Unusual Finds”, MyHome Magazine, 2012


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