by Josef Woodard
“Grouping Art”
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2001, p 6

Deliciously flamboyant painter Fatima Ronquillo has been showing up in the gallery of late, and hers is a welcome new voice. Here, her none-too-shy portrait “Manileña” screams for attention. It’s another one of her works bursting with unabashed color and lovable decorative excess. Not incidentally, the subject, a woman staring frankly and bearing a “Miss Manila” banner, is also blessed with sexy corpulence. Call her Ruben-esque, or more to the point Botero-esque, but you’ve gotta love her, as the painter does.