Romeo Villalva Tabuena Landscape Painting - Sunset
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Romeo Villalva Tabuena



The Philippines in particular has had a very strong tradition of Cubism-influenced modernist painting that flourished in the mid-20th century. The top proponents of the style include Vicente Manansala and Anita Magsaysay-Ho who can also be considered as the forefront pioneers of modernism in Philippine art. The next generation of artists who sought to continue and further develop their legacy came into prominence in the 1960s and 1970s with artists such as Ang Kiu Kok, Jose Joya, Arturo Luz, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz and Romeo Tabuena among others playing an important role in the development of the modernist visual aesthetic as we know it today. The lively cubist compositions of Romeo Tabuena effectively capture the warmth and exuberance of Filipino culture from his jewel-toned palette to his ability to depict scenes and subjects that convey a wistful nostalgia for a rustic past. "Sunset" delights with an expert representation of light refracting in prismatic hues off an everyday arrangement of traditional daily life, using his unique perspective to transform even the most ordinary of subjects. With a subtle variation of shading, Tabuena creates depth in the composition and achieves in conveying an atmospheric presence; one of the artist's iconic depictions of local landscapes such as farms, carabao, and nipa huts. As if it were shrouded in a lifting mist, Tabuena casts the scene in moody hues of pink and purple showing the artist's experimenting with a kind of semi-abstraction that contrasted his distinctive modern cubism. Tabuena would continue to be a prolific artist even into his elderly years, and his art is a testament of his unceasing dedication and artistic fervor for depicting and representing the cultural essence of the Philippines.


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    H 28.35 in. x W 35.44 in.

    H 72 cm x W 90 cm

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    New York, NY
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