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b.1980, Montalban, Philippines

At the heart of Rodel Tapaya’s work is his ongoing amalgamation of folk narrative and contemporary reality within the framework of memory and history. Utilizing a range of media - from large acrylic on canvasses to the exploration of under-glass painting, traditional crafts, diorama, and drawing - Tapaya filters his observations of the world through folktales and pre-colonial historical research,  creating whimsical montages of his characters.


Selected solo exhibitions include: “Random Numbers”, Tang Contemporary Art (Hong Kong SAR, China,2021); “Myths and Truths”, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing (China, 2018); “Urban Labyrinth”, Ayala Museum, Manila (Philippines, 2018); “Rodel Tapaya: New Art from the Philippines”, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (Australia, 2017); “Rodel Tapaya”, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen (Germany, 2016). Selected group exhibitions include: “Fragment with Dusty Light” Tang Contemporary Art, Seoul (Korea, 2022);  “Memory, Playfulness, and Stream of Consciousness”, Tang Contemporary Art (Hong Kong SAR, China, 2022); “Falling”, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing (China, 2022); Heavenly Bodies in the South, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (China, 2020); “Far Away So Close!”, ARNDT Agency, Berlin (Germany, 2019).


His work is held in the following museum and institutional collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, Tokyo Mori Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Philippines Bencab Museum, Philippines Ateneo Art Gallery, Philippines Pinto Art Museum, Central Bank of the Philippines. Rodel Tapaya was awarded the coveted Top Prize in the Nokia Art Awards, which allowed him to pursue intensive drawing and painting courses at Parsons School of Design in New York and the University of Helsinki in Finland. In 2011, he won a landmark achievement for a Filipino artist by winning the Signature Art Prize given by the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum. He was also among the Thirteen Artists Awardee of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2012. 

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A Tale of Two Cities

Oska Gutheil, Rodel Tapaya

Curator: Michela Sena

5.4 - 6.5, 2023

Hong Kong Wong Chuk Hang Space

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Fragment with Dusty Light

Chen Yujun, Li Qing, Marion Bataillard, Niam Mawornkanong, Qin Qi, Rodel Tapaya,  Wu Wei

6.4 - 7.9, 2022

Seoul Space

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Group Show - Memory, Playfulness, and Stream of Consciousness

Cameron Platter, Gao Yu, Nona Garcia,

Rodel Tapaya, Yang Na, Zhang Ben

11.03 - 12.15, 2022

Hong Kong

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Group show: Falling

Andres Barrioquinto / Marla Bendini / Jigger Cruz / Ayka Go / Gongkan / Faris Heizer / Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit / Geraldine Javier / Sakarin Krue- On / Dinh Q Lê / Mit Jai Inn / Raffy Napay / Kitti Narod / Eko Nugroho / Kim Oliveros / Wedhar Riayadi / Wedhar Riyadi / Luis Antonio Santos / Rodel Tapaya / Khairulddin Wahab /  Entang Wiharso / Shen Jiaqi / Pannaphan Yodmanee / Yunizar

12.18, 2021 - 1.15, 2022

Beijing 2nd Space

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Randoms Numbers​

Rodel Tapaya​

4.22 - 5.15, 2021

Hong Kong

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Echo Among Geographies

Chen Danqing, Heri Dono, Sakarin Krue-On, Qin Qi, Rodel Tapaya, Entang Wiharso, Zhao Zhao

3.18 - 4.19, 2020

Hong Kong

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Myths and Truths

Rodel Tapaya​

Nirvana: Tropical Rebirth

Pannaphan Yodmanee, Rodel Tapaya, Heri Dono


11.03 - 12.15, 2018

Beijing 2nd Space

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03.07 - 04.25, 2018


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