Tapaya, Rodel b.1980 / Baston ni Kabunian, Bilang Pero di Mabilang (Cane of Kabunian, Numbered But Cannot Be Counted)
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Summoning the pre-colonial legends, creation myths and folklore of the Philippines, Rodel Tapaya becomes an artist-storyteller who has created a modern day allegory about greed and the folly of man. This massive painting seamlessly weaves together narratives from the Ifugao tribe and Bontoc tribe that relate the origin of the mountains; a tale from Southern Kalinga about a giant canine that saves people from a huge deluge, and other ancient stories once passed down through the oral tradition. Interwoven amongst the folklore of yore is also a cautionary tale about environmental destruction in the world today.

*This artwork won the Grand prize of the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize in 2011. A triennial prize for the best art-work across all of Asia, as nominated by some 25 independent curators. In 2011, there were over 130 nominated artworks and this work was the winner. The 15 finalist works were exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum and Rodel Tapaya was awarded first prize at the events ceremony held in December 2011 at the Museum.

In the video produced by the Singapore Art Museum for the finalist works (see link) Rodel Tapaya commented:
" I am very interested in investigating the folk art in my country, in combining folk fiction and reality in one unified work. I appropriate folklore stories in the creative process and use them not just to show the rich culture but also comment on some prevailing issues of our time.
Floods have caused great tragedies that have enduring effects on the way of life for many Filipinos. Here I employed three myths: a giant dog that saved humans from a great flood; a legend where a god used a piece of cloth to form a mountain; and a folk tale where a glutton gets transformed into a frog.
I feel very honored that my work is considered significant in today's time. It is a great opportunity for me to share my work with more people."

Rodel Tapaya (b.1980, Philippines)

Baston ni Kabunian, Bilang Pero di Mabilang (Cane of Kabunian, Numbered But Cannot Be Counted) , 2010

Acrylic on canvas
304.8 x 609.6 cm.
120 x 240 in.
Provenance:
Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germany Current Location:
Hong Kong - S PaintingSouth Asia

exhibitions

The 10th Gwangju Biennale
Gwangju, South Korea
September 2014 - November 2014

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2011
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
November 2011 - March 2012

publications

Matthias Arndt, Rodel Tapaya
Distanz (Catalogue), January 2015, "Mountain Fantasies" published on pp. 84-85; "She's from the sky" pp. 59; "Baston ni Kabunian, Bilang Pero di Mabilang" pp. 122-123

BATO-BALANI Rodel Tapaya
Ateneo Art Gallery (Catalogue), January 2014

Jerome Gomez, The Esquire guide to contemporary masterpieces
Esquire,Philippines (Magazine), June 2013

Rodel Tapaya among CCP’s new 13 Artists
ABS-CBNnews.com (Online), June 20, 2012
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Bemuse
(Catalogue), October - December 2011

Lito B. Zulueta, Filipino artist Rodel Tapaya bags grand prize in international art contest
Inquirer.net (Online), November 19, 2011
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Jun Cristobal, Rodel Tapaya: A Painter's Life
Plantingrice.com (Online), 2011
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On Rodel Tapaya’s APB Signature Art Prize Win
Manila Art Blogger (Online), December, 2011
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Signature Art Prize 2011 - Finalists
Singapore Art Museum (Catalogue), 2011

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2011 Finalist Exhibition
Singapore art museum (Catalogue), 2011

Rodel Tapaya, Rodel Tapaya: Bulaklak ng Dila
The Vargas Museum (Catalogue), December 10, 2010 - March 5, 2011

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