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?