Philip Sabado’s early art education began where he was raised on the island of Molokai. As the youngest of twelve children, his mother always put aside enough money for color and paper for the fledgling artist.
After serving in the Army, he returned to Honolulu to attend the Honolulu Academy of Art. In 1976, he chose to study art comprehensively, and attended the prestigious Art Center College of Design as well as the Otis Parsons Institute of Design, both in Los Angeles.
In 1980, he was selected as a member of the prestigious Los Angeles Society of Illustrators. He was also selected as one of the top 50 illustrators in the United States and was selected to attend Columbia University in Paris.
On Maui, the Iao Valley State Park signs were created by Sabado in 1999. In 2000, Sabado returned to his boyhood home in Molokai to create a 40-foot mural for the library at Kaunakakai School. This was painted for the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts; the mural encompassed the 900-year history of Molokai.
In August 2001, Sabado completed a mural for the Hilton corporation in Honolulu that will grave the entrance to their exclusive spa. Three original paintings were sold to the Hilton for the Private Alii Towers Presidential suites. On all 20 floors of the Hilton Kalia towers, you will find prints of Sabado’s original floral and hula paintings. Sabado has also completed numerous commissions for private investors.