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Romeo V. Tabuena : Bantog nga Ilonggo Artist

Ayhan ang iban wala naka kilala sa kay Romeo V. Tabuena.  Apang sa Mexico, si Romeo V. Tabuena isa ka bantog nga pintor.  Amo ini ang iya nga biography:

Romeo Villalva Tabuena

Romeo Villalva Tabuena (b. Iloilo City 1921; d. San Miguel de Allende 2015) begins his professional studies in architecture at the Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila in 1939 through the encouragement of his parents. Later he transfers to the School of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines and majors in Commercial Art in 1942. His studies are interrupted by the war and the Japanese invasion of the Philippines and he works with the Underground in the production of propaganda materials. From 1945-46, he is advertising artist doing comprehensive layouts for billboards with Bob Stewart´s Promotion House

In 1947, he becomes chief artist of the Evening News and creates a daily editorial cartoon. During that time he also meets fellow artist Vicente Manansala. Together they work on adversting and magazine layouts and illustrations. Tabuena also becomes more interested in painting and joins the painting classes at the Univesity of Santo Tomas. The same year he has his first group exhibit at the Naitonal Museum of the Philippines. Two years later he is awarded the second prize in the Annual Exhibtion of the Art Assocation of the Philippines. He continues his artistic development at the Art Students League in New York in 1952 and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1954. In 1955, Tabuena studies at the Instituto Allende and decides to make San Miguel de Allende the base of his painting career. He maintains links with his country through participation in its major art projects, and despite his long residence in Mexico, he retains his Philippine citizenship. One of the philippine Neo-Realists he begins his career with several exhibits of drawings and watercolors at the Philippine Art Gallery (PAG), sister organization of Promotions Inc., founded in 1951. With the formation of PAG, the Neo-Realist group grows to include other PAG members. In 1951, PAG includes Tabuena in the opening group show of Neo-Realist and gallery members at PAG, his first one-man show takes place at PAG and he has a second solo exhibit, a special show of line drawing, at PAG. Tabuena also works on sign-paintings, layouts and other artworks for PAG until 1952. He has his last solo exhibit at PAG in 1952, a show of 20 watercolors. He then leaves the Philippines to continue his studies abroad. Romeo Tabuena is the first solo artist to be presented on PAG’s “Feature Wall,” followed by H.R. Ocampo, Arturo Luz, and Lydia Villanueva-Arguilla (co-founder of PAG and also known as Lyd Arguilla).

Tabuena works with different media throughout his career such as watercolors, oils, pastels, enamel paints, tempera colors, crayons, colored inks, and acrylics. Tabuena’s early style is influenced by the early Philippine Neo-Realist movement of the 1950s, a movement that many art historians consider to be one of the most important junctures in the development of modern visual art in the Philippines, the so-called Philippine Art Gallery years from 1950 to 1964. Neo-Realism in Philippines in the 1950s to mid-60s adopted a modernist approach to ‘re-presentation’, through semi-figurative distortion and abstraction. Tabuena joined in 1950 the Neo-Realist group composed of Hernando Ocampo, Vicente Manansala, Victor Oteyza, Cesar Legaspi, Ramon Estella. Mexico profoundly affected his vision and in its fusion with his Oriental heritage, he crystallized his personal and maturing style. Mexican artists Rufino Tamayo, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera greatly inspired and influenced Tabuena in his management of acrylics and style.

He is the recipient of various awards and citations, including the Golden Centaur Award from the Academia Italia (1982), Master of Painting Honoris Causa from the International Seminar of Modern Art (1982), Banniere Européenne des Arts (1984), and Medaglia al Merito from the International Parliament (1985). He is also an elected fellow of the International Biographical Center (IBC) in Cambridge, England (1980) and the American Biographical Institute (ABI, 1980). In 1987, ABI awards him the Medal of Honor. He receives the World Decoration of Excellence Medal in 1989, and Man of the Year Award in 1991. IBC elects him to the Center's 1991 International Order of Merit, and in 1993, confers him the Medal of Excellence for the 20th Century.  In 2007, he receives the Medal of Presidential Merit (Pampanguluhang Medalya ng Mérito), Filipinas. In 1995, Tabuena is honored with a major exhibition sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez for his 40 years of residency and dedication in the artistic life of Mexico in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. A similar exhibit in his honor is launched in November 1996 in Mexico, in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy. During the Golden Anniversary of the Instituto Allende, Tabuena receives a citation for his artistic talent and participation in its cultural events.

One of his major works since 1957 is a government-commissioned mural, Filipiniana, at the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. His other exhibits include a ten-year retrospective show in 1959 at the Philippine Art Gallery in Manila. In 1962, his successful one-man show, which is sponsored by the Philippine Government at the International Salon of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. In 1965, he participates in the Eighth Biennial of Sao Paulo, Brazil as the official Filipino artist and art commissioner from the Philippines. Tabuena held his second major one-man show in Manila in 1973, followed by another in 1975 in Mexico City, and still another in the Galerie Bleue in Manila in 1981. As an implementation of the cultural agreement between Mexico and the Philippines, the Philippine Embassy in a joint effort with the INBA honors Tabuena with a Millennium Show in 2000. Tabuena is considered a national treasure, and his works undoubtedly stand out among the finest artistic legacies of the Philippines. He is widely considered one of the most important Philippine artists of the twentieth century. The highest bid on Christie’s Hong Kong in November 2015 for the painting Three Beggars is 51,852U$.

Artist:    Romeo V. Tabuena (Filipino, 1921–2015)
Title:    Three Beggars , 1955
Medium:    oil on board
Size:    53 x 70 cm. (20.9 x 27.6 in.)

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