Published On: Wed, Mar 8th, 2017

Tabuena, the Filipino artist adopted by San Miguel de Allende

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Romeo Tabuena, a prestigious Filipino painter who lived and studied in New York and Paris, attracted by the Mexican muralism, moved to Mexico and made it his home for 60 years, until his death in 2015.

Tabuena’s cubist to neorealist work features a large number of faces and landscapes from San Miguel de Allende, among other places in the world.

“Since September 2016, the Nudo Gallery dedicated to modern and contemporary art, undertook a project to rescue and disseminate the cultural legacy of one of the most important artists of San Miguel de Allende, through a permanent exhibition”, said Cecilia Noriega, project manager and art curator.


A renown artist in Europe, the United States and Asia, Tabuena profiled the places and people of Mexico and San Miguel de Allende using different techinques. Laundresses, peasants, indigenous people in markets, adobe houses or tradtional “nopaleras”, were caught by the artist’s particular style, for the rest of the world to see.

The Nudo Gallery, located in Recreo 10-B (only two blocks away from La Parroquia) in the heart of downtown San Miguel, seeks to promote the work of Tabuena, who was born in the Philippines and adopted by Mexico, and whose paintings evoke the 50’s in San Miguel de Allende.

“His work features the narrative creativity of every day people, as well as an involvement and identification not only with the subjects, but with the author’s biography as well”, emphasized Cecilia Noriega.


“Vendedora de botellas” (1986) (Photo: Galería Nudo)


“Mujeres platicando” (1956). (Photo: Galería Nudo)




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