Published On: Mon, Oct 9th, 2017

San Miguel Gallery is home to late Filipino artist Tabuena’s works

An art gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Galeria Nudo, is the legatee for all of the work of Filipino artist Romeo Villalva Tabuena, including his fine art and documents, and is responsible for showing Tabuena’s Private Collection worldwide.

Tabuena was born in Iloilo City, Philippines in 1921 and died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 2015.

After studying art and architecture at Mapua Institute of Technology and the University of the Philippines, he went on to study in New York City and Paris in the early 1950s.

This was where he first saw the Mexican artist Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo. His interest in these artists led him to stop over in Mexico before returning home. He came to San Miguel de Allende in 1955 to meet Rufino Tamayo and view his work in person. He never left the city.

The Peasant, Modern Art, Acrylic on Cardboard, México 1960/Romeo Villalva Tabuena

While studying at the Instituto Allende he decided to live here and to make it his artistic base. He kept his links to his native country by participating in many of its main art projects. In spite of his long residence in Mexico, he kept his Philippine nationality.

As an artist, he was constantly in touch with his roots in Philippine traditions and landscapes. He was shown all over the world and won prizes for his art.

Landscape with Lake, Woman and Child, Modern Art, Oil on Wooden Board, México 1958/Romeo Villalva Tabuena

The Philippine landscape was always present in the work and memory of Romeo Tabuena. He was a painter who never stopped honoring his native Philippines with his art.


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