Primarily self-taught, Rowena Katigbak is best known for her fluid encaustic abstractions which explore the connection between spirituality and the environment. She sees the beauty in imperfection and repurposes materials and collected ephemera in unconventional ways as part of her practice.
Rowena primarily paints with pigment-dyed molten wax (called ‘encaustic painting’) but delights in exploring other media and disciplines. Her artistic journey began in New York City in the early ’90’s where she worked for jewellery and home accessories designer, Izabel Lam. It was during this time she realized she wanted to pursue a more creative profession. This epiphany led to her enrolment at Ryerson University where she received her Bachelor of Applied Arts, Interior Design in 2000. She worked briefly in retail and commercial design before exploring other artistic disciplines such as jewellery design, furniture making, and costume and prop making. These diverse creative experiences continue to influence her work.