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Q&A with Romson Bustillo | 1999 GAP, Visual

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Photo: Art and Soul Photography

1.) What kind of art do you make?
I am an interdisciplinary artist working in printmaking, mixed media, and space coding. The tools we use to process information and the moments tied to our understanding help shape my visual vocabulary.
A significant part of my work is through the medium of printmaking; a combination of collagraphs, intaglio, relief, screen, and stencil techniques forming the majority of recent works. These are monoprints, each one printed from multiple master plates made from found surfaces(matte board, wood, plastics, tapes, etc.) and metal. 

2.) How did you use your 1999 Artist Trust Grant for Artist Projects (GAP)?
I went to the Philippines to research Filipino iconography and transitional imagery.

3.) What was the impact of this award and Artist Trust on your art career/life? 
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 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, spending 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.

Artist Information sourced from: Pratt Fine Arts Center , Gallery4Culture