Born in 1981 in Dumaguete City, Philippines
Lives and works in Manila, Philippines


Maria Taniguchi works across a diverse range of media which includes painting, video, sculpture, pottery, printmaking, drawing, and writing. Her work focuses on concepts of composing, constructing, and framing, whilst referring to the craftsmanship and history of the Philippines. She works with a variety of approaches towards processing the legacies of modernism within an ambiguous cross-cultural context.

In 2008, Taniguchi initiated an ongoing series of works that take the form of large-format canvases covered in a meticulous arrangement of hand-painted bricks. These labour-intensive, process-driven works may be considered the fundamental root of her artistic practice, which, at its core, explores the systems and structures of making art and the materiality and architecture of painting itself.

The methodical process of creating the brick paintings is an important objective of the work for Taniguchi; time and effort dedicated to the production of each artwork requiring discipline and a singular focus. Despite the structural format of the grid and the mechanical process of production, the appearance of the paintings varies considerably from canvas to canvas, dependent on the ratio of paint and water the artist uses. Taniguchi has related the works to an external mechanisation of the body as well as a reference to the cells that make up a biological organism. Intimately connected to Taniguchi’s other works and to each other, the brick paintings represent a small part of the larger, more complete matrix of her practice. Untitled and unnumbered, the finished canvases are hybrid objects that Taniguchi views as both paintings and sculptural forms.

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-  LUX Associate Artists Program, London

-  MFA in Art Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London

-  BFA in Sculpture, The University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts

solo shows

SOFT DOUBLES, ROH Projects, Jakarta, Indonesia
Figure Study, Silverlens, New York, USA

-  room of phases, Silverlens, Manilla, Philippines

Maria Taniguchi, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany

-  The 4th West Bund Art & Design (with Perrotin), Shanghai, Mainland China
Maria Taniguchi, Ibid. Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Maria Taniguchi, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Maria Taniguchi, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines

Maria Taniguchi, Perrotin, Hong Kong SAR
Maria Taniguchi, Ibid. Projects, London, UK

Maria Taniguchi, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany

Maria Taniguchi, Silverlens, Singapore and Manila

Art Statements, Art Basel 44 (with Silverlens), Basel, Switzerland

Maria Taniguchi, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines
End Frame Video Art Project 3: Untitled (Celestial Motors), curated by Clarissa Chikiamco, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines

Echo Studies, Jorge B. Vargas Museum & Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Y’a le feu au lac ("There’s Fire on the Lake"), curated by Adeena Mey, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland

Grave Findings: A Reclamation Project, curated by Joselina Cruz, Lopez Museum and Library, Manila, Philippines

Maria Taniguchi, Finale Art File, Manila, Philippines

New Domestic Animals, curated by Nilo Ilarde, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila, Philippines

group shows

-  Horror in the Modernist Block, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
-  We Belong To Each Other, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany
All States No State, presented by Silverlens, Tanjong Pajar Distripark, Singapore

-  Art Histories of a Forever War: Modernism between Space and Home, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
Considered Gestures, curated by Yael Buencamino, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines
-  Collision Point on Dimensions: 35°42‘59.0” - N 139°46‘07.4”E - 36.0892”AA Ft., The 5th Floor, Tokyo, Japan (joint exhibition with Floating Between the Tropical and Glacial Zones organized by TOKAS)

-  Floating World, Perrotin, Hong Kong SAR
-  The 5th Dhaka Art Summit | Seismic Movements | Spatial Movements, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, Ruxmini Reckvana Q. Choudhury and Teresa Albor, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
-  Construction of Truths, curated by Joselina Cruz, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines

-  La última de las tribus ("The Last of the Tribes"), curated by Viviana Kuri, Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
-  Tomorrow: Selections from The Permanent Collection, Live Forever Foundation, Taichung, Taiwan
-  SPECTROSYNTHESIS IIExposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia, curated by Chatvichai Promadhattavedi, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Bangkok, Thailand (in collaboration with Sunpride Foundation)
-  The 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art | Immortality, curated by Xiaoyu Weng, Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant, Ekaterinburg, Russia
-  Who Writes?, curated by Jo Ying Peng, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
-  The Empathy Lab, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, USA
-  Blood and Soil: Dark Arts for Dark Times, curated by Anders Kreuger and Julija Fomina, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania
-  Primary Drives, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines

-  The 15th Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference (VIVA EXCON 2018) | Bisan tubig di magbalon ("Don't Even Bring Water"), curatorial direction by Green Papaya Art Projects, Civic Center, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines
-  The 12th Gwangju Biennale | Imagined Borders | Imagined Nations / Modern Utopias, curated by Clara Kim, Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Gwangju, South Korea
In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections, curated by Pauline J. Yao and Shirley Surya, M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong SAR
These Painter’s Painters, ROH Projects, Jakarta, Indonesia
-  Art Patrons, Qiao Space and Tank Shanghai Project Space, Shanghai, Mainland China
-  The 21st Biennale of Sydney | SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, curated by Mami Kataoka, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia

Choruses, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong SAR
Maria Taniguchi*, The Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Gunma, Japan
Anarchéologie, curated by Marcella Lista, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Marching in Circles, curated by Robin Peckham, Long March Space, Beijing, Mainland China
Almost There, curated by Patrick D. Flores and Kyongfa Che, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Manila, Philippines (in collaboration with The Japan Foundation Asia Center)
Damage Control, Ibid. Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Translación, curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines

Afterwork, curated by Freya Chou, Cosmin Costinas, Inti Guerrero, and Qinyi Lim, in dialogue with Rahel Joseph and Azzad Diah, ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (in collaboration with Para Site)
-  The 44th Salón Nacional de Artistas, curated by Víctor Albarracín, Inti Guerrero and Guillermo Vanegas, Pereira, Colombia
Sriwhana Spong and Maria Taniguchi: Oceanic Feeling*, curated by Susan Gibb, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
AMP, ROH Projects, Jakarta, Indonesia
Judea, curated by Arin Runjang, West Den Haag, The Haag, Netherlands
Apeirophobia / Aporia, curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and Miljohn Ruperto, Human Resources, Los Angeles, USA
Business as Usual (The Day After Ground Zero), Osage Gallery, Hong Kong SAR
Histories of a Vanishing Present: A Prologue, curated by Cesar Garcia with Kris Kuramitsu, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, USA
Afterwork, curated by Freya Chou, Cosmin Costinas, Inti Guerrero, and Qinyi Lim, Para Site, Hong Kong SAR
With Institutions Like These..., curated by Victor Wang and Alex Meurice, Averard Hotel, London, UK
RIVIERA Prologo Bookshop, curated by Dallas and Caterina Riva, Istituto Svizzero, Milan, Italy
GLOBALE: New Sensorium | Exiting from Failures of Modernization, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

-  The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
-  The 2nd HUGO BOSS ASIA ART | Award for Emerging Asian Artists, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, Mainland China
The Vexed Contemporary, curated by Joselina Cruz, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines
TOWER, Ibid. Projects, London, UK
Reverence and Reproach: Modernist Legacies in Contemporary Film and Video, Tate Britain, London, UK (screening)
Missing Links: Video, Moving Images and Time-based Works from Southeast Asia, curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Sights and Sounds: Global Film and VideoPhilippines, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA

Maria Taniguchi*, Ibid. Projects, London, UK
Stick Up, Don’t Move, Smile (Reinventing Black, 1957 to Today), curated by Nilo Ilarde, Finale Art File, Manila, Philippines
Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics, curated by Anders Kreuger and Nav Haq, Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium
Market Forces—Erasure: From Conceptualism to Abstraction, curated by Charles Mereweather, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong SAR (in collaboration with School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong)
The Bold Sopranos, curated by Ariana Gellini, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong SAR
Material Memory, curated by Valentina Suma, Fluxia, Milan, Italy

HIWAR | Conversations in Amman, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Darat al Funun—The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan
The Midnight Marriage, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines
The Philippine Contemporary: To Scale the Past and the Possible, curated by Patrick D. Flores, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Philippines

Without a Murmur, curated by Joselina Cruz, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines
Handumanan, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Manila, Philippines
Duchamp in Southeast Asia, curated by Tony Godfrey, Equator Art Projects, Singapore
A Reader of Materials and a Writer of Forms, curated by Lucy MacDonald, MOT International, Brussels, Belgium
The Porous Border, curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana, Art Gallery g23, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand
Ley Hunting, curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines
-  The 9th Ateneo Art Awards, Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila, Philippines
Obstruktionist, curated by Adeena Mey and Laurence Wagner, Fribourg, Switzerland (Part I); Urgent Paradise, Lausanne, Switzerland (Part II; and Past Vyner Street, London, UK (Part III)
Rambler's Association*, curated by Caterina Riva, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland, New Zealand
Death Can Dance: 100 Artists | Images, Symbols, and Signs, curated by Lori Hersberger, Townhouse, Zurich, Switzerland
DETROIT, LUX Associate Artists Program, London, UK (screening)
Cinema Rehiyon, curated by Clarissa Chikiamco, Negros Museum, Bacolod, Philippines (screening)
Maria Taniguchi*, Finale Art File, Manila, Philippines

-  The 8th Ateneo Art Awards, Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila, Philippines
It's Natural to Imagine Jungles*, MO_Space, Manila, Philippines
-  Young London, curated by Adam Thomas and Tara Cranswick, V22 Collection, London, UK
+Pyramid*, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila, Philippines
Performing Pinoy. Video e identidad cultural en Filipinas: 1999–2009, curated by Juan Guardiola, CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain (screening)
Complete and Unabridged: A Survey of Philippine Conceptualism (Part II), curated by Ringo Bunoan, Isabel Ching and Gary-Ross Pastrana, Osage Gallery Kwun Tong, Hong Kong SAR
JUMP CUT: Dialectic Dream, curated by Caterina Riva, The Barber Shop, Lisbon, Portugal
Roving Eye: Film and Video Works from Southeast Asia, curated by Joselina Cruz, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway

SLIP Sensor (Part II)*, Cell Project Space, London, UK
Material/Parallel*, Galleria Duemila, Manila, Philippines
Pyramid*, curated by David Chan, Osage Gallery Soho, Hong Kong SAR
Blind Field: Photography and Place, curated by Wawi Navarroza, Silverlens SLab, Manila, Philippines
Latitudes—Encounters with the Philippines, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
Homestay, curated by David Chan, Osage Gallery, Shanghai, Mainland China
No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents, Tate Modern, London, UK (with Green Papaya Art Projects) 
-  Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia (screening)

Lost in Your Eyes / Foreign Correspondent*, curated by Caterina Riva, FormContent, London, UK
Flexible Aura, curated by Byeon Hyun-joo and Christine Takengny, Brain Factory, Seoul, South Korea (with Supercream)
Hangover Square*, Mag:net Gallery Ayala, Manila, Philippines
Goldsmiths MFA Degree Show, University of London, UK
Uncommon Sense (Trauma, Interrupted, Too), curated by Flaudette May Datuin, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Manila, Philippines
boyleANDshaw Art Salon Project 4, curated by Elea Himmelsbach, Artprojx Space, London, UK
3 Young Contemporaries*, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

FUTURAMANILA, Osage Gallery Kwun Tong, Hong Kong SAR and Singapore
Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now 5, curated by Jenifer Wofford, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Splitting Images, with Yason Banal for his newspaper project Utopia: Sleepwalking, Manila, Philippines

Happy Endings, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila, Philippines

The Sedimentation of the Mind is a Jumbled Museum, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Manila, Philippines
Conflict Resolutions, Future Prospects Art Space, Manila, Philippines

SENI Singapore 2004: Art & the Contemporary | Home Fronts, curated by Ahmad Mashadi, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (with Big Sky Mind)
Cancelled Metaphors (Part I), The Art Center, Manila, Philippines
Configured Drawings, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Manila, Philippines

Under Construction, curated by Roberto Chabet, Big Sky Mind, Manila, Philippines
Biennial Sculpture Symposium + Exhibition, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

*  Two- or three-artist exhibitions.

public collections

-  The Burger Collection, Hong Kong
-  K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai
-  Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco and Paris
-  M+ Museum, Hong Kong
-  Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
-  Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
-  Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing
-  Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
-  Taguchi Art Collection, Tokyo


-  The 2nd Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists, Shanghai

-  Ateneo Art Awards, Manila

-  Ateneo Art Awards, Manila


-  Khalid Shoman Foundation, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan

-  Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland

-  Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore

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