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.
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.”