• Participates in several international shows and exhibitions: ASEAN Exhibition of Prints and Photographs, Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia; Philippine Paintings—Old and New, The Hague, Netherlands; Philippine Contemporary Art, Hong Kong; and Festival: Contemporary Asian Art Show, Fukuoka City, Japan where Olazo was also a member of the closing team, Cultural Center of the Philippines.
• NUDES—a group show with Manansala, Agustin Goy, Ephraim Samson, Galerie Dominique, July 28-August 10.
• Organizes and conducts a printmaking workshop and exhibition, University of the Philippines Visayas - Iloilo City. With Ray Albano, Nikki Coseteng, Ileana Lee, and Nonon Padilla. With the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Galerie Dominique.
• Starts 101 Workshop with the publication of original print folios of Ang Kiukok, Ray Albano, Fernando Modesto, Nonon Padilla, Ileana Lee, Agustin Goy, and Ephraim Samson. Ileana Lee was also the printer.
• Selected as one of the five finalists by Mobil Oil Philippines in its Awards for Philippine Art. The other four are Ang Kiukok, Jose Joya, Onib Olmedo, and Danny Dalena, the Mobil Art Award recipient.
• Participates in Museum of Philippine Art exhibit — Museum Artists and The Art of Fine Print: A View of 25 Years.
• Olazo’s 5th one-man show and his first solo show outside the Philippines, entitled Oil Paintings, Printmakers Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, February. Exhibited 17 diaphanous paintings.
• One-man show at the Luz Gallery—Recent Paintings-Diaphanous, in March with 27 diaphanous paintings; the smallest, 24 x 32 in and the largest, 60 x 84 in.
• One-man show with only one artwork, a 50-foot long serigraph — A Museum Hallway Project, Cultural Center of the Philippines.
• Selected as one of “Five Outstanding Living Artists” by art critics Leonidas Benesa, Rod Paras-Perez, and Emmanuel Torres. The other four — Cesar Legaspi, Ang Kiukok, Arturo Luz, and Napoleon Abueva.
• One-man show —Romulo Olazo-Large Scale Paintings, Main Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines, August. Featured 13 paintings in black and white and gray, with the largest, Diaphanous B-LXXVI, 96 x 144 in.
• From the large Saturday Group of Artists, a smaller group meets on Wednesdays, thus the name the Midweek Group. Includes Cesar Legaspi, Onib Olmedo, Justin Nuyda, Ephraim Samson, Edgar Doctor, Agustin Goy. Hyatt Terraces in Baguio City invited and sponsored them for a week with their families. Landscapes done by the group displayed permanently in the hotel function rooms named after the artists; e.g., a Legaspi Suite, an Olazo Suite, etc. Group also painted wall murals at the hotel basement. The July 16, 1990 earthquake in Baguio City destroyed the hotel and with it, the artworks.
• One-man show, New Works, Luz Gallery in November, with 32 paintings. Marks the beginning of the Untitled series. Olazo’s paintings take an opaque quality with the use of mixed media, acrylic and oil on canvas.
• Group exhibits: On, In, Into, About Paper, Ateneo de Manila University; and 101 Printmakers Show, Sining Kamalig.
• Major group exhibits overseas: Philippine Graphic Art, London; Trends in Philippine Art, Hong Kong; VI Biennial International de Arte, Valparaiso, Chile; and 2nd Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh.
• Finale Art File inaugurated — Four Masters, Four Worlds — held annually until 1994. With Cesar Legaspi, Ang Kiukok, Mauro Malang Santos; exhibits Olazo’s Untitled series, introduced in 1983.
• Other significant group shows: Nothing but Nudes, Finale Art File; Still Life —100 Works, Finale Art File; and Figurative Statements, Cultural Center of the Philippines.
• Travels and accompanies an exhibition of Philippine contemporary paintings and sculptures —Eleven Filipino Artists, Philippine Center, New York, November 7-15, and the Philippine Consulate, San Francisco, November 21- 24. The ten other artists: Alcuaz, Austria, Baldemor, Kiukok, Gonzales, Legaspi, Luz, Malang, Manansala, and Ocampo. Another group show in Los Angeles, California—One Hundred Years of Philippine Painting. Olazo’s works include eight Diaphanous paintings, oil on canvas and four Untitled paintings, mixed media on canvas.
• Olazo’s 10th one-man show, Olazo Monoprints, Finale Art File, October 11-23, using oil paint instead of silkscreen paint. Features 39 serigraph-monoprints of Mother and Child.
• International group exhibits include Sino-Filipino Modern Art Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan; Filipino Master Travelling Exhibit, Washington D.C., Seattle, and Honolulu, Hawaii; and Philippine Graphic Art Exhibition, Munich, Germany with Olazo’s eight woodcut prints (60 x 39 in).
• Taught printmaking at the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School ( JASMS), Philippine Women’s University to awaken high school students’ interest in printmaking. In the next four years, students competed and won awards from the Art Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Printmakers. Also participated in exhibits in Finale Art File and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. In 1987, the printmaking class exhibit at the CCP became its outreach program for the visual arts.
• One-man show at the Luz Gallery—Paintings, Monotypes and Cast Paper, July, with 43 pieces exhibited: eight Untitled series, mixed media; 11 serigraph monotypes, and 24 handmade cast paper.
• A two-man show — Prints by Ray Albano and Romulo Olazo, Small Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines, January. Features 24 monotypes. Both artists won honorable mention awards in the International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo: Albano in the 9th exhibition, 1974, and Olazo in the 11th exhibition, 1979.
• The first father-and-son show — Olazo and Olazo, De La Salle University, Manila, October. Exhibited nine handmade cast paper.
• One-man show — Screenprints, Ayala Museum, June 23-July 6. Exhibited 20 blackand-white serigraphs, SBW No. 1 to SBW No. 20, all editioned 1/10.
• One-man show, Lopez Museum, November 10-27. A continuation of the Untitled series (Nos. 160-182), with 23 pieces exhibited, using acrylic on paper instead of mixed media on canvas.
• Other group shows: Reality as Seen by the Artist and The Sensuous Eye, Cultural Center of the Philippines.
• One-man show, Romulo Olazo—Paintings, Finale Art File, October. Exhibited 17 pieces of the Untitled series, mixed media on canvas.
• Group show: Nature of Influences, Cultural Center of the Philippines.
• Inaugural show of West Gallery, featuring Legaspi, Kiukok, Malang, and Olazo, the same artists for Finale’s Four Masters, Four Worlds. Introduces first permutation works, acrylic on paper, Permutation Series II Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7; at the National Museum, Hugis Art Exhibit, with Permutation Series II Nos. 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.
• Republic of Nauru commissions two murals (7 x 15 ft) — Diaphanous B-LXIII and B-LXIV — for its Pacific Star Building lobbies in Makati city.