b. 1981, Dumaguete City, Philippines; lives and works in Manila, Philippines.
Maria Taniguchi is a contemporary artist from the Philippines known for her minimalist paintings and sculptures as well as video works that explore the intersections between architecture, sculpture, and painting. Taniguchi's work often takes inspiration from the built environment, and her minimalist paintings and sculptures are characterized by their use of repetitive, modular forms. Her sculptures, in particular, incorporate a range of materials, including concrete, steel, and found objects, to create simple yet elegant forms that engage with the surrounding space. In addition to her visual art practice, Taniguchi is also a founding member of the artist-run space 98B Collaboratory in Manila, which aims to promote contemporary art in the Philippines and provide a platform for emerging artists. Through her work, Maria Taniguchi offers a unique perspective on the intersections between art, architecture, and the built environment. As such, she focuses on concepts of composing, constructing and framing, simultaneously processing the legacies of modernism within an ambiguous cross-cultural context, and referring to the craftsmanship and history of the Philippines.
Maria Taniguchi won the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award in 2015. Recent exhibitions include room of phases, Silverlens, Manila (2021); Maria Taniguchi, Carlier | Gebauer, Berlin (2019); 12th Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders, Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Centre, South Korea (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 (2016); 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2018); Maria Taniguchi, Ibid, Los Angeles (2017); Maria Taniguchi, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (2017); Maria Taniguchi, Ibid Projects, London (2016); The Vexed Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila (2015); and the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA,Brisbane (2015).
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