Fatima Ronquillo is a self-taught painter who combines old master techniques with a playful modern sensibility to create a world where art history meets with imagined characters from literature, theatre and opera. Born in Pampanga, Philippines in 1976, Fatima Ronquillo emigrated as a child to the United States in 1987 where her family settled in San Antonio, Texas. She began exhibiting her work from the age of fifteen and is now widely collected in the United States and internationally. Her work has appeared in numerous art publications including American Arts Quarterly, Southwest Art and American Art Collector as well as in the fashion magazines The Cut / New York Magazine,Vogue Gioiello, Marie Claire and A Magazine Curated By Alessandro Michele. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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In Spring 2019, Fatima Ronquillo released her debut book Spellbound, published by Unicorn Publishing Group. London, United Kingdom. Buy the book.
Fatima’s work has inspired other artists and designers. Her work has appeared in the book Farah Khan: A Bejeweled Life published by Rizzoli. Milan, Italy. 2018. Print
A 6-page spread of her work appeared in GUCCI creative director Alessandro Michele’s special issue of the international bi-annual publication A Magazine Curated By. Belgium. 2016. Print.
Editions Barbe á Pop. Grand Salon de la Micro-Edition #4, Lyon, France. 2013. Print. Buy Micro-Edition.
In 2015, Fatima was selected as the official poster artist for the Texas Book Festival. The 20th Anniversary poster featured her painting “The Naturalist”. During the festival she presented a talk on her poster and art at The Contemporary Austin, Jones Center.
“…the poster art by Fatima Ronquillo, an elegant that looks as if it might be several centuries old, which has the feel of both the Old World and the New World, of past and present, of nature and civilization … it tells a story of the kind we love to discover in books.”
~ Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle
Fatima’s paintings have graced the covers of novels, most notably for the prize winning Portuguese novelist Valter Hugo Mãe.
Le muet de l’Anse-aux-Bernaches, Alexandre Naple. 2016. Marchand de feuilles. Print.
A Máquina de Fazer Espanhóis, Valter Hugo Mãe. 2014 Edition. Alfaguara. Print.
O Apocalipse Dos Trabalhadores, Valter Hugo Mãe. 2014 Edition. Alfaguara. Print.
O Nosso Reino, Valter Hugo Mãe. 2014 Edition. Alfaguara. Print.
O Remorso de Baltazar Serapião, Valter Hugo Mãe. 2014 Edition. Alfaguara. Print.
Magazines and Other Media
Fatima’s work has appeared in numerous art publications including American Arts Quarterly, Southwest Art and American Art Collector as well as in the fashion magazines The Cut / New York Magazine, Vogue Gioiello, and Marie Claire. For links to articles please view Résumé / C.V.
Out of the Box: Artist Edition, The Cut (New York Magazine Special Issue). 2018. Print.
Mythological Portraits: Painter Fatima Ronquillo, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican. September 14, 2018. Print.
Unspoiled Wilderness, Albuquerque Journal North. September 14, 2018. Print.
RedMilk Meets Fatima Ronquillo, RedMilk Magazine. Milan, Italy. February 2018. Online.
Hey! Modern Art and Pop Culture, Issue No. 28. Paris, France. 2017. Print
First: What Nina Loves, Marie Claire, December 2016. Print.
Fatima Ronquillo: Possession, American Art Collector, Issue 113, March 2015. Print.
The Art Issue, Santa Fean, June/July 2014. Print.
Vogue Gioiello. Italy. March 2014. Print.
Q & A Interview, Poets and Artists Magazine, Issue #53: Love, March 2014. Print.
Fatima Ronquillo: Private Revolution, American Art Collector, Issue 90, April 2013. Print.
Respite From Modern Life, Albuquerque Journal North. September 21, 2012. Print.
Fatima Ronquillo: Devotion, Aether, Austin, Texas, Fall/Winter 2011. Online.
American Arts Quarterly, Spring 2011. Print.
The Eyes Have It: Fatima Ronquillo’s Windows to the Soul, Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican, October 22-28, 2010. Print.
The Oxford American, The Southern Lit Issue, 2009. Print.
Quick Trips: The Culture Fix Austin, Texas, Condé Nast Traveler, May 2008. Print.
21 Under 31 Annual Emerging Artists Issue, Southwest Art, September 2007. Print.
Color and Bounty, Calendar Weekend, Ventura County Edition, Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2002. Print.