ROMEO V TABUENA
Art Brokerage: Italian Artist Romeo Tabuena b. 1921. Romeo Tabuena is a painter included in the "who's who" list of internationally renowned artists. A painter whose art is rooted in Eastern sensibility, Philippine-born Romeo V. Tabuena 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 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. 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.