Maria Taniguchi (b 1981, Dumaguete City, Philippines) is best known for her ongoing series of large “brick” paintings in which she arranges a consistent grid pattern into different surface configurations. The performative and labour-intensive nature of these paintings makes the idea of time and duration especially salient in her practice. In 2015, she was awarded the Hugo Boss Asia Art prize. Recent exhibitions include: Maria Taniguchi, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin (solo, 2019) The Last of The Tribes, MAZ, Zapopan, Mexico (2019) Immortality, 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia, curated by Xiaoyu Weng (2019) Blood and Soil : Dark Arts for Dark Times, CAC Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania curated by Anders Kreuger and Julija Fomina (2019) In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections, M+ Pavilion,West Kowloon, Hong Kong, China curated by Pauline J. Yao and Shirley Surya (2018). Taniguchi lives and works in Manila, Phillipines.

Maria Taniguchi, Runaways, 2018, Java plum wood, dimensions variable. Installation view (2018) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for the 21st Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy the artist; Silverlens Galleries, Manila; and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo. Presentation at the 21st Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous assistance from Mercedes Zobel; Silverlens Galleries, Manila; and the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Photograph: Document Photography

Untitled, 2015, Acrylic, canvas, wood support, unframed, 304 x 545 x 4.5 cm | 119 11/16 x 214 9/16 x 1 3/4 ins. Image: Courtesy Parrotin.

Figure Study , 2015. Single-channel HD video, black and white, sound / 2’40”. The objects in this video work all have a private relationship with the artist, but at the same time, the objects within seem to contain a certain metaphor of an artistic domain. They are situated in an uncertain space, as though randomly left behind in one corner of the mind. These objects, with the texture of marble or plaster, all stand on their own, while at the same time hint at subtle and yet interesting relationships between them.