B. Philippines, 1921 – 2015
Signed and dated “Tabuena 1967” on lower left
Mixed media on board
42 x 58 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Canada
RM 6,000 – RM 10,000
Born in the Heart of the Philippines, Iloilo City in 1921, Romeo Tabuena is known for his massive contributions to the contemporary art scene in his country. Having spent 40 years in Mexico, there is a clear presence of Filipino and Mexican cultural themes, such as the everyday working people, traditional housing, and native plants. Some of Tabuena’s watercolour landscapes are his most sought-after works. His works have mostly been influenced by Expressionism, Cubism and Chinese vertical format painting. The artist received various awards in recognition of his contribution, namely the prestigious Presidential Merit Award (2007), second prize for the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God in 1949), and an honourable mention in 1952 for ‘Black Christ’.