Romulo Galicano

Romulo Noel Galicano born in Carcar, Cebu Philippines, 1945. He started painting landscape, studying direct observations of colors from nature, and following Leonardo da Vinci’s advice that nature is the best teacher. This also served as preparation for figures.

When he migrated to Manila, he became adept in Portraiture, as a means of gaining more advanced knowledge of the human figure, especially the physiological state of the figure. By painting portraiture for many years, this had eventually allowed him to advance to the Grand Manner of figure painting and genre painting, which he began nearly thirty years ago.

Galicano’s work is technically academic in rendering but his philosophical approach is basically Abstract. In judging his work (and those of others) his first concern is the integrity of the whole. The style and subject is only secondary.

“The vertical lines in his painting are reconciliation between opposite poles and the merging of the Subjective and the Objective. Creating a new meaningful work of art.”

He believes that every artist no matter what his stature is, should never be a prisoner of himself of his philosophy, reputation, success and above all his vanity.

The direction of every artist should be Freedom.

Solo Exhibitions:

• 1972 1st One Man Show - Hidalgo Gallery, Makati

• 1973 2nd One Man Show - Gallery One, San Juan

• 1974 3rd One Man Show - Gallery One, San Juan

• 1975 4th One Man Show - Gallery One, San Juan

• 1976 5th One Man Show - ABC Galleries, Manila

• 1979 6th One Man Show - ABC Galleries, Manila

• 1980 7th One Man Show - Ali Mall, Quezon City

• 1981 8th One Man Show - Gallery Bleue, Makati

• 1982 9th One Man Show - Ali Mall, Quezon City

• 1982 10th One Man Show - Hidalgo Gallery, Makati

• 1990 11th One Man Show - Osmeña Museum, Cebu

• 1991 12th One Man Show - Finale Gallery, Makati

• 1994 13th One Man Show - SM Art Center, Cebu

• 1994 14th One Man Show - Ayala Museum, Makati

• 2000 15th One Man Show - SM Mega Mall Art Center, Quezon City

• 2000 16th One Man Show - SM Art Center, Cebu

• 2008 17th One Man Show - Metropolitan Museum, Manila

• 2008 18th One Man Show - SM Art Center, Cebu

• 2011 19th One Man Show - Siete de Agosto: Allegory of a Farce - Tall Gallery, Finale Art File



Group Exhibitions:

• 1995 Several major group shows including Ako, self portrait from the 1800 to the Present at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

• 1994 World Trade Center Singapore Asean Art Competition

• 2001 Tapestry of the Filipino Soul, Group painting exhibition by Ten outstanding Filipino artists, Galerie E, Hong Kong

• 2001 Homage to the Master with Kitkat, Glorietta Art Center, Makati

• 2002 Homage to the Master 2, Metropolitan Museum, Makati

• 2006 Ode to the Pasig River, Ayala Museum, Makati

• 2007 Contemporary Filipino Impressionists, The Edge Gallery, UP Vargas Museum

• 2008 "Postura", Painting by Romulo Galicano, and Dolls by Patis Tesoro, Metropolitan Museum

• 2008 "Postura", Painting by Romulo Galicano, and Dolls by Patis Tesoro, SM Cebu

• 2008 Artlink Cebu – Manila Artists Group Exhibit Casino Español, Cebu City

• 2009 Dimasalang Artists Celebrating 40 Years, SM Megamall Art Center

• 2010 Cebu Art Festival, SM Cebu City

• 2010 Bag-ong Hinan-aw (The New Perspective) Group Art Exhibit, SM Cebu City

• 2010 Re-collect: Revisiting The Metropolitan Museum Collection Tall Galleries

• 2010 Altromondo Group Show, Arte Contemporaneo

• 2010 NCCA – "Sinang Pasig" Bagong Pananaw

• 2011 "Pasinaya" Alay sa Mutya Artistree Gallery

• 2010 Awarded First Artist of the Year, GSIS Museo ng Sining

• 2008 Parangal Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan, 437 Araw ng Maynila

• 2005 Grand Prize Award, International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, Washington D.C.

• 2005 Plaque of Recognition, For Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Arts and Culture, For Carcar Academy, Carcar Cebu

• 2005 Plaque of Recognition, Garbo sa Sugbu, Governor's Night, 436 years Anniversary for the province of Cebu

• 2005 Plaque of Recognition in the Field of Arts Municipality of Carcar Cebu

• 2005 First Congressional Awards in the Field of Arts, 1st District of Cebu

• 2004 Awards of Merit International Portrait Competition, Portrait Society of America, Boston Massachusetts

• 2004 Appointed Honorary National Vice President for the Philippines By: Ordine Accadimico Internazionale Vinzaglio, Italy

• 2003 Plaque of Recognition for exemplary achievements in the Field of Paintings S.C.C. Night Carcar Cebu

• 1999 12th Perlas Award on the Valuable Filipino, Cebu City

• 1998 Awarded the Highest Title of Ordinary Accademician (Department: Arts) By: Accademia Internazionale – Greci Marino Accademia Del Verbano, Italy

• 1998 Awarded the Highest Title of Accademical knight for the Grand Cross (Department: Arts) By: Ordine Accadimico Internazionale Vinzaglio, Italy

• 1994 3rd Prize, 1st Philip Morris Art Competition