A former department head of the Dept. of Studio Arts, UP College of Fine Arts, Yasmin Almonte is an Associate Professor 7 of the University of The Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. A practicing artist, she is actively involved in several solo and group exhibitions in Performance and the Visual Arts in the Phils. and abroad.
She has a Master's Degree in Painting from the Univ. of Northern Iowa, USA, where she also graduated Summa cum Laude with a degree in Bachelor of Art Education. Prior to this, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Phils. where she took up Fine Arts, major in Painting. She holds an American teaching license in Art for levels Kindergarten to 12th grade.
Among other Awards, Yasmin Almonte was granted the Fernando Amorsolo Professional Chair in 2007 and the Golden Jubilee Award in 2009. As a student, she was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Phils. by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports in 1991.
Prof Yasmin Almonte is currently the recipient of the Tito de Santos Centennial
Professorial Chair, 2012-13, by the University of the Phils. College of Fine Arts. In Diliman, Quezon City.
In 2011-12, Yasmin Almonte was Mead Johnson's Art Expert. She wrote articles and gave lectures on the different developmental Art stages of children from birth till 18 years of age, focusing on how a child's creativity and expression can be developed and maximized during these developmental stages.
Having taught Art classes both in the formal ( Nursery 1 through Graduate School ) and the informal levels ( Workshops, lectures individualized instruction ) for more than 30 years, Yasmin Almonte hopes to be an active participant in the development of future artists of our Country.
A cancer warrior, animal lover, poet, belly dancer, mother, grandmother, an advocate for Gay rights and the empowerment of Women, she continues to paint and perform as a way to reach out and express the whole gamut of feelings and emotions that reveal her Soul.