Esteemed as a senior and major Filipino artist, who has proven, through several decades of active and prolific art making, producing works ranging from portraiture, still lifes, nudes, landscapes, murals, figuration and abstraction; Rene Robles paintings often question the art and the role of the artist.
An internationally acclaimed and multiawarded artist, Rene Robles has held solo exhibitions across Asia, Europe and America. His art has found its way into the private collections of former King Juan Carlos of Spain and former US President Bill Clinton. He is notable for founding the award-winning art movement called Assertionism with the underlying principle that “art has the power to assert, transform and transcend.”
His imagination and creativity stood out distinctly among the modernist painters of Philippines and is one of few Filipino artists who achieved success in America & Europe. His art style is called Assertion ism’ and he is the founder and proponent. Assertionism has its own iconography and belief systems.
Born Ireneo San Agustian Robles, Jr in Lucerna City, Philippines in 1950. Robles is a practising artist since 1970. He currently lives and works In the Philippines. A graduate of the University of Santo Thomas College of Architecture & Fine Arts (Rector’s Scholar, 1976). He further his art studies at the National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts (1990) & Art Students League, New York (1989). Received study grants/study tours to visit museums in France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. Robles is an Internationally exhibited artist with over 70 solo exhibitions in Europe, USA and Asia. A multi-awarded artist, he has released numerous books on his Assertionism art. Assertionism is an art style founded by Robles in New Jersey, USA in 1986. The underlying principle is that “art which has power asserts, transforms, and transcends.”
April 2021 Article from Inquirer: Nominations for national artists heating up
A dark horse has emerged in the person of painter Rene Robles, 70.
Robles took up fine arts at UST and furthered his studies in New York. Grants and study tours have taken him to France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. He is said to have had over 70 solo shows in Europe, the United States and parts of Asia.
Robles’ works may not too well known here in the Philippines, but his works are highly acclaimed abroad. He has been highly praised by critic Cid Reyes: “Rising above the rubble, as it were, is Rene Robles [with] works ranging from portraiture, still lifes, nudes, landscapes, religious images, murals, figuration [to] abstraction…”