MANILA, Philippines – Filipino artist Rodel Tapaya will have a solo exhibition at the Hong Kong International Art Fair, which starts next week.
The art fair, or Art HK 12, is recognized as the only world-class art fair to have a 50/50 balance of Asian and Western participation. This year, 38 countries will be represented at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai starting May 17.
Tapaya’s works will be presented at the art fair’s Asia One section, which is dedicated to showcasing the latest developments in Contemporary Art from across Asia. This year, Asia One will show 49 galleries from the region, each exhibiting a solo presentation by an artist of Asian origin.
Apart from Tapaya, three galleries from the Philippines will also be among the estimated 266 art galleries at Art HK 12. These are The Drawing Room in Makati City, Silverlens Gallery, also in Makati City, and Art Informal in Mandaluyong City.
The 32-year-old Montalban-born artist broke out in the art scene when he won the top prize at the Nokia Art Awards Asia-Pacific in 2001. Tapaya took up intensive drawing and painting courses at Parsons School of Design in New York and from the University of Helsinki in Finland prior to graduating from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts.
Last year, he won the Signature Art Prize given by the Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum.
Tapaya is a favorite at Southeast Asian auction houses where his works have fetched high prices. His “The Wedding sols for HK$220,000, while “Donsadat And The Magic Dog” fetched HK$90,000 at Sotheby's Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings auction in 2008.
A Christie’s auction, meanwhile, sold his acrylic-on-canvas piece, “The Banquet,” for HK$137,500.
Early this year, Tapaya had a solo exhibit, “Labyrinth,” at Art Stage Singapore, while last year he mounted solo shows at Berlin, Germany and Beijing, China.