Maria Taniguchi - Untitled, 2016 (detail)

Maria Taniguchi

August 2, 2013

A contemporary artist from the Philippines, Maria Taniguchi is best known for her ongoing series of "brick paintings" made of repetitive patterns of grey-black rectangles. Created in a systematic manner, these deliberate, cerebral paintings function as renderings of the artist’s moods, digital algorithms or equations.

Born in 1981 in Dumaguete City, Philippines, Maria Taniguchi lives and works in Manila. She earned a BFA in Sculpture from The University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, and an MFA in Art Practice, at the Goldsmiths University of London, as well as LUX Associate Artists Programme, London. Her work has been exhibited in various exhibitions all around the world, including Berlin, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Tokyo and London.

Created through a labour-intensive process, her paintings are first drawn on grid, then filled one "brick" at a time over a period of months. Differing in size, these works carrie the same content, while each being slightly unique in its distributions of minor gradations within the grid due to varied ratios of water and acrylic. Seeking to transform canvas into something more durable, Taniguchi aims to call into question notions of surface by constructing painted architectures, rather than images. Rather than calling the paintings meditative, she considers them more of a record of passing time and a means of regulating her own production.

Featured image: Maria Taniguchi - Untitled, 2016 (detail). Acrylic, canvas, stretcher. 107 9/10 × 190 3/10 × 1 4/5 in. 274 × 483.3 × 4.5 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin