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 Romeo Villalva Tabuena  (1921 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / Mexico/Philippines      Known for: luminous, elongated figure, genre and still-life painting, murals

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Romeo Tabuena is a Philippine-born painter rooted in Eastern sensibility.  He has been a resident of Mexico for more than four decades.

Born in Lloilo in 1921, he studied architecture at the Mapua Institute of Technology and a fine arts course, majoring in painting, at the University of the Philippines. He also studied at the Art Students League* in New York and at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere* in Paris.

Tabuena decided to settle in Mexico and to make it the base of his painting career. But he has maintained links with his native country through participation in its major art projects, and despite his long residence in Mexico, he has retained his Philippine citizenship.

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 was sponsored by the Philippine Government at the International Salon of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, "further elevated the status of Philippine painting in the world of contemporary art". In 1965, he participated 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 honored Tabuena with a Millennium Show in 2000.

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"Romeo Tabuena, Philippine/Mexican (1921-)", Ro Gallery, rogallery.com/Tabuena_Romeo/tabuena-biography.html

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