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 an 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: 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: 15th Asia Arts Festival, Ningbo Museum of Art, Ningbo, China; Terra Incognita, Hilger BrotKunsthalle Vienna, Austria ; Passion and Procession: Art of the Philippines, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; 20th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 2016; Thrice Upon a Time: A Century of Story in the Art of the Philippines, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 2019.


His work is held in the following international museum collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, Tokyo Mori Art Museum Collection, Singapore Art Museum, Philippines  Bencab Museum Collection, Philippines Ateneo Art Gallery Collection, 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. 


Myths and Truths

Rodel Tapaya

11.03 - 12.15, 2018

Beijing 2nd Space

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Nirvana: Tropical Rebirth

Pannaphan Yodmanee, Rodel Tapaya, Heri Dono


03.07 - 04.25, 2018


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