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About the Artist

Romson Regarde Bustillo is an interdisciplinary artist working in printmaking, painting and installation art and active as a teaching artist. His work often explores place and context, how objects, found gestures, and visual cues modify, enhance, and/or divert meanings. Romson was born in 1970 in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao Island in the Philippines. He immigrated to Seattle with his family in 1978. He has been an artist-in-residence at the James Washington Jr. Foundation and Pratt Fine Arts Center. He maintained a long-term studio in the renowned Pioneer Square artist workspace, the 619 Building, until moving to New York in 2002.  Romson Bustillo is well-travelled, having spent extended periods of time in Spain, the Philippines, Latin and Central America. He has also been an artist in residence and instructor for the Tacoma Art Museum (NEA Supported), Seattle Art Museum, Wing Luke Asian Museum, and the Brooklyn Public Library.

Romson received the 2016 GAP SADA Award, from the Seattle Art Dealer's Association.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

(From his 1999 grant): I can not overstate how much a moral booster it was to get support for my work at that stage of my art making.  This trip allowed me to dig much deeper into the content and complexities of what I was working on at the time.  Research continues to be central to my studio practice.

Romson Bustillo