Bato-Balani: Rodel Tapaya
Rodel Tapaya (b.1980) is a young painter known for his works that illustrate traditional Filipino folklore and myths. A graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, he first gained recognition by winning several art competitions including the Signature Art Prize from the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum in 2011. Aside from exhibitions in Manila and abroad, his works are also regularly featured in major art fairs and auctions.
Tapaya's solo exhibition at the Ateneo Art Gallery, 'Bato-Balani' continues his interest in Filipino folk narratives, particularly the 'anting-anting' or amulet. This accompanying catalog includes essays by Alice Guillermo, Fernando Nakpil-Zialcita, and Heinz-Norbert Jocks.
Ateneo Art Gallery, Philippines
Softcover / 8.5 x 8.5 inches / 55 pages / Color