Rom Villaseran


  • Coupling

  • Luna in the Bath

  • Blue Fruit II

  • Boom III Lightbox


Rom Villaseran (1975-) is an artist from Manila with a diverse oeuvre that ranges from book publications to fine art and design. Extracting from a range of influences, from science to graphic design and Manila’s underground music scene, his works are intrinsically complex. His paintings are typically known for their great detail and skill, however, his works retain a spontaneous quality that evidences the artist’s affinity for chance. Traditional yet undeniably novel, his works brings imagination into the empirical world, and interfusing organic forms with metaphysical visuals.

1975 Born in Manila, Philippines
1993-1996 University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines) College of Architecture
1997-1999 University of the Philippines (Quezon City, Philippines)
Certificate in Fine Arts, Visual Communication

Official website

Rom Villaseran: Finding the beauty in madnessBusiness Mirror, March 2017
Illuminated: Rom Villaseran’s “Ilaw ng Buwan”People Asia, March 2017
The Duality of ManEsquire Philippines, March 2017
Rom Villaseran paints internal conflictPhilippine Daily Inquirer, February 2017
Philippine Artist Rom Villaseran Draws From His Active Imagination To Compose Fantasy KingdomsForbes, August 2016
Rom Villaseran’s Landscapes Explore Hidden WorldsHi-Fructose, June 2016
10 Must-See Works of Art at Art Stage Singapore 2015Forbes, January 2015
Manila’s Rom Villaseran Brings His Wild Garden of the Imagination to TokyoTokyo Weekender, November 2015
7 Filipino art pieces at Art Stage Singapore 2015Rappler, February 2015
Rom Villaseran at Art Stage SingaporePhilippine Star, January 2015
Rom Villaseran’s ‘Orchestra’ at Galerie StephaniePhilippine Star, January 2014
EK Interview: Rom Villaseran, Empty Kingdom, July 2012

[Solo Exhibitions]

2001 “Matadora” (Ad Infinitum Gallery, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines)

2002 “Pre-Lunar” (Big Sky Mind, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines)

2003 “Lunar” (Galerie Astra, Makati City, Philippines)

2008 “Piloto Ng Hatinggabi” (LRI Business Plaza, Makati City, Philippines)

2014 “Orchestra” (Galerie Stephanie, Libis, Quezon City, Philippines)

2015 “Imagined Artefacts” (Art Stage Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore)

“Birth of Giants” (Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo International Forum, Japan)


[Group Exhibitions]

1998 Preview Magazine: Inlay art contributor

1999 The Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday Magazine: Illustrations contributor for articles Surya Bar & Restaurant: Hand-painted artwork on all walls, floor and ceiling; sculpted all tables and chairs
(Katipunan, Quezon City, Philippines)

1999,2000 NU 107.5 “NU Rock Awards”: Designed all print collaterals

1999,2001 Slapshock “4th Degree Burn” “Headtrip”, Octo Arts EMI Music, Inc.: Designed all collaterals

1999,2001 Cheese “Cheese” “Pilipinas”, Warner Music Philippines: Designed all collaterals

2000 Mayricʼs Bar: Designed promotional materials for their anniversary (Mayricʼs Bar, Manila, Philippines)

2001 Greyhoundz “Greyhoundz”, Sony Music Philippines: Designed all collaterals

2001,2006 Pulp Magazine: Comic strip contributor

2002,2003 Wolfgang “Volume” “Greatest Hits”, Sony Music Philippines: Layout and design

2005 Gabby Barredo “Invisible exhibit”: Designed print materials (Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines)

2006 The Philippine Yearbook: Cover and inlay art designer

Rogue Magazine: Graphics contributor for articles from 2006 to present

2007 Pulp Magazine “Summer Slam” poster: Design and artwork

2008 Kjwan “13 Seconds To Love” , Barnyard Music Philippines: Cover design