Hawai’i State Foundation Purchases Cockfighting Painting by UH Manoa Alumni

The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) recently purchased an oil painting that depicts the controversial sport of cockfighting or sabong.

Eduardo Joaquin, an alumni from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, created the artwork. Joaquin graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Art History from UH Mānoa and an Associate in Arts degree from the Kapiʻolani Community College.

Title Sabong, Joaquin’s oil painting depicts two fighting roosters, engaged in an intense battle. Like all other states in the US, cockfighting is also banned in Hawai’i.

Aside from Joaquin’s painting, SCFA also purchased sculptures made from glass and ceramic laced with nylon. The purchased artworks will be exhibited at various state government sites throughout Hawai’i, including schools, libraries, and the Capitol Modern.