Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Romson Regarde Bustillo is a Pacific Northwest Artist with a rich, layered background. Born in the Philippines on the large multi-ethnic/multi-faith island of Mindanao, his family immigrated to Seattle in 1978. After high school, he moved into the 619 Building in Pioneer Square and began making work. The late painter Drake Deknatel and mixed media artist Marita Dingus were important influences and mentors during this time.

At an early age, he recognized social constructs as often unjust. In response, he began to travel abroad to explore other norms. First returning to the Philippines to research Filipino Indigenous, colonial era, and contemporary cultures and iconography, followed by extended stays in Europe, Latin America, SE Asia, and Africa to further his artistic and cultural growth. He has taught printmaking for over twenty years. In 2017, he was co-recipient of the Conductive Garboil Grant for, in words of the award, "...engaging audiences outside the aesthetic industrial complex.

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

I am deeply appreciative of this Fellowship. Of the many things this award means to me; there are a few things I hold more tightly as a result. One, is that there is some recognition for an approach to art that is rooted in the foundation and celebration of who we are—Immigrant from the Philippines; South Seattle raised; mentored by local artists; a global resident. This award will allow me to move much further into my research; art making, and the eventual exhibition of works that explore the dynamics of localization concurrent with and/or versus globalization in the context of culture continuity.

Romson Bustillo