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Romeo Villalva Tabuena is a Filipino-born painter and printmaker who was born in Iloilo City on August 22, 1921.

He studied architecture at the Mapúa Institute of Technology in Manila and painting at the University of the Philippines. He refined his craft with the AAP (Art Association of the Philippines???), at the Art Students League of New York, on a grand tour of Europe, and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris.

Romeo Tabuena

He began his career with several exhibits of drawings and watercolors at the Philippine Art Gallery in 1949. He is best known for his watercolor, at times in a vertical format influenced by Chinese painting. He has another side to his art expressed in dark oil paintings, some of which seem to reflect the "proletarian" concerns of the period. He also approaches expressionism, especially in such work as "Childbirth".

Tabuena painted the mural Filipiniana in the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. In 1965, he participated in the Eighth São Paulo Art Biennial as the official Filipino artist and as the art commissioner from the Philippines.

Considered today as one of the most prominent living Filipino painters.  He is  acclaimed in the Philippines, Europe and the Americas. He is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art.”

Tabuena's work is in demand and his paintings are in the collections of many well-known international art connoisseurs and museums. The Honolulu Academy of Arts is among the public collections holding work by Tabuena.

In 1955, Tabuena settled in Mexico, where he still lives with his Norwegian wife Nina. However, he has retained his Philippine citizenship.

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