Maria Taniguchi (b.1981)
acrylic on paper
46” x 33” (114 cm x 84 cm)
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila
Maria Taniguchi is best known for her ongoing series of large 'brick' paintings in which she arranges a consistent grid pattern into different surface configurations. Taniguchi emphasises the performative nature of these paintings, the way in which she first draws out a grid on the canvas and then paints in one brick at a time. Despite their predetermined composition, the surfaces of these paintings are not uniform or static.
Maria Taniguchi was born in Dumaguete City, the Philippines, in 1981. She won the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award in 2015, presented at the Rockbund Museum in Shanghai. She received the Ateneo Art Award for her solo exhibition Echo Studies at the Jorge Vargas Museum and Untitled (Celestial Motors) shown at Silverlens, Manila in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Her work is held in a number of public and private collections including the M+ Museum, Hong Kong; the Burger Collection, Hong Kong; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; QAGOMA, Brisbane; and the K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018), 12th Gwangju Biennale (2018), In Search of Southeast Asia, M+ Museum, Hong Kong (2018); History of a vanishing present: A prologue, the Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2016); Afterwork, Para Site, Hong Kong (2016); Globale: New sensorium, ZKM Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2016); The vexed contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila (2015); and the 8thAsia PacificTriennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2015).