Maria Taniguchi was born and raised in Dumaguete City. After a BFA in Sculpture at the University of the Philippines, she completed an MFA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths in London in 2009. In the same year she joined the LUX Associates Artists Program, a post-academic program based in London for artists working with the moving image.
She currently lives and works in Manila. In 2011, she received the Ateneo Art Award for her solo exhibition Echo Studies at the Jorge Vargas Museum, where she showed the first of several large-scale ‘brick’ paintings, a video installation, drawings, and photographic work. The following year, she again received the Ateneo Art Award for the video Untitled (Celestial Motors), shown at Silverlens in Manila.
Taniguchi was selected for Art Statements (2013), a section of solo presentations by emerging artists at Art Basel 44. Other selected recent projects include Without a Murmur (2012), a group exhibition curated by Joselina Cruz at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in Manila; HIWAR: Conversations in Amman (2013), a residency and exhibition program curated by Adriano Pedrosa at the Khalid Shoman Foundation in Amman; The Philippine Contemporary: To Scale the Past and the Possible (2014), curated by Patrick D. Flores at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila; Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics (2014), curated by Anders Kreuger and Nav Haq at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MHKA), Antwerp; and The Vexed Contemporary (2015), again curated by Joselina Cruz at MCAD.
Recently, Taniguchi won the 2015 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artists at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghal. Her work is at the 8th Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Australia. In 2016, she will be in residency at Things That Can Happen in Hong Kong, and will have her first solo show in London at Ibid Projects, in partnership with Silverlens.
Taniguchi’s brick paintings from an on-going series, Untitled, (2008 - ) presented at Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 were all acquired by institutions, such as M+ and K11 in Hong Kong, and GoMA in Brisbane.