signed and dated 2018 (lower right)
22" x 30" (55 cm x 75 cm)
Mentored by the late painter and writer Emilio Aguilar Cruz, Tayag first entered the Manila art scene by introducing his watercolor paintings of Philippine folk festivals, religious images, and Cordillera landscapes characterizing spontaneity and raw vigor.
An accomplished painter and sculptor, furniture designer, chef, and food columnist, Tayag freshly admixes his skills in painting and love for food as he captures the freshness of this exotic Southeast Asian fruit, the rambutan, using his mastered medium of watercolor.
According to Tayag, “there are so many factors to consider in handling watercolor: choosing the appropriate paper texture, smooth or rough, depending on the end result you’re after, whether detailed or impressionistic; dry or wet technique; ambient temperature or humidity when painting; how to frame it, etc.,” and all of them can be learned.