The Magnificent September Auction 2019

September 14,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Rodel Tapaya  (b.1980)

Ang Paghahanap Sa Pusang Gala
signed and dated 2007 (lower left and verso)
acrylic on burlap
16”x 14” (41 cm x 36 cm)

PHP 100,000

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Provenance: Private Collection, Manila

          Rodel Tapaya’s paintings make him the equivalent of an epic storyteller. Considered as one of the most active artists in Southeast Asia.  His breakthrough came when he was awarded the coveted Top Prize in the Nokia Art Awards which allowed him to pursue intensive drawing and painting studies in New York and Finland.  Tapaya, also  won the Phillip-Morris Philippine Art awards in 2007.  The strain of narratives that  he puts into his canvas ranges from historical, satirical, mythical, and folkloric themes  to contemporary scenes.

          Where is the naughty cat hiding? In this work of art, Tapaya gives focus on a usual  contemporary scene in every pet loving Filipino household.  A playful rendition on the Filipino favorite game of hide and seek, a serious look of annoyance creeps on her strong face as the owner problematically searches for her astray cat.  On the other hand, the cat from a distant stretches relaxingly, while a sly smile and a vengeful look  is written on its face.

          The woman seems preoccupied by other mind-boggling thoughts; perhaps she is also quite lost? This poses another question: Is the woman solely looking for her cat or also in the midst of searching for her true self?



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