Monday, January 24, 2011

Romeo Tabuena

was born in Iloilo City 1921. Art studies, commercial arts, UP 939. Art Students League, NY. Academic de la Grande Chaumiere, France, 1954. Worked in advtg agencies and publishing firms. Left the Phil in 1952. Toured European cities in 1954, finally taking up residency in San Miguelde Allande, Mexico in 1955. Several one-man shows in Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Mla. Held a 20-year retrospective in Ny. Listed in [HAAAP-SP]*** One of the Neorealist, began his career with several exhibits of drawings and watercolors at the Phil Art Gallery in 1949. Best known for near-momochromatic watercolor landscapes of nipa huts, farmers, and carabaos in an exquisite style,with attenuated figures spread ut in large tonal areas suggesting early morning fog. When Tabuena settled in Mexico, he developed a colorful, prismatic style with folk subjects that included street sweepers, candle vendors, guards, and laundry women. Won 2nd prize for (Lamb of God) 1949, and hon mention for 1952, at the AAP Annuals.[CCP Vol IV-AG]*** The Watercolors of Tabuena are among the most beautiful paintings by a contemporary of any nationality. Painting instinctively and progressively, he has evolved his own style, oriental in delicacy of color, line and space. He has recd honors for his works in oil, strict line drawing, and even lithography. Has been living abroad for the last eight years, exhibiting in three continents and illustrating for magazines such as and A retrospective will take place at the PAG of the best of his works exhibited at the Associated American Artist Gallery in NY. His works are in the hands of private collectors all over the US, So are most of the paintings at his one-man show at Village Art Center in Greenwich Village. His series (the first painting he made on landing in America), the series, the series, the series and the series, are disseminated from Canada to India, from the Virgin Islands to Africa.[Mobilways Vol V No1 Jul 1959]
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Pen & Ink
11.5" x 8.5"
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HAC Code: 77945
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Water Color
24" x 18.5"
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HAC Code: 77498
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Pencil
21" x 17"
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HAC Code: 78971
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Pencil
9" x 11.5"
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HAC Code: 79079
FACES
Pen & Ink
19" x 26"
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HAC Code: 71224

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