Filipino Artist in Dubai: Romeo Robis
Born in Manila, Philippines, Dubai based filipino artist Romeo Robis started his career as a graphic designer in the late 1990s after graduating from Technological University of the Philippines – College of Fine Arts. Romeo draws his influences from a wide range of sources: from popular animations and manga, graphic design to contemporary art.
Having worked on a range of media over the years, from acrylic and oil to pen & ink and on to digital art and photography, he developed a personal affinity with human connections and emotions and the oftentimes overlooked beauty in reality, which all of this has greatly inspired and reflected in his work.
“My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, the mundane experiences that bring us joy and to discover that there is beauty in unusual places.”
His recent painting style has also evolved to mimic nature, from strong overlapping contrast of vivid colors to vine-like and continuous lines interconnecting the subject to its environment. “A clear statement that all things in life are connected in one way or another and that every twist and turn of our decisions will lead us into something new. The narrative has always been about humanity, the challenges and triumph, the suffering and success and the belief that all good things will come to those who seek and strive.”
Romeo’s works have been exhibited in World Art Dubai recently. Recounting his experience, he shares “It is definitely a learning experience and a combination of an exhilarating adventure topped with exhaustion. Four months of sleepless nights urned into 4 days of non-stop communication and engagement with other people of different nationalities, from all walks of life.
“At one point I felt like an instructor and a lecturer more than an exhibitor, but the idea that my art has inspired them in so many ways makes it worthwhile. It validates that tick mark on my bucket list, and a reminder to myself that everything is all worth it.”
On uplifting other Filipinos, Romeo emphasizes on seizing the opportunity to make the most out of something. “One thing this pandemic has taught us is that there is really nothing certain in this world. We should always seize the moment and not squander it. Carpe Diem! Don’t wait for things to happen, we make it happen – it is that simple. Procrastination is the enemy of success.”