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ARTIST PROFILE:

Diwatas (nymphs and fairies) inhabit many of Tara Natividad’s canvases.

“But it’s not dreamy illusions, fantasy or nudity that I’m chiefly framing in my works,” Tara Natividad explains. “Diwatas are nature-dwellers. I’m painting them to pose the question of where we’ll find them if we cover everything around us with steel, plastic and concrete.” Talent surfaced in Tara Natividad’s high school art works which often won in poster-making contests. Later, while taking up a degree in nursing she joined TropangPaltok, a performing and visual arts group, further encouraging and honing her artistic expressions. One of the groups founders, EV Espiritu, taught her paper mache, which she incorporates in many of her works.

Her art path continued to another group “Silayan” which she and several of her creative friends formed. It was this group’s first show that initially linked her to Tam-awan, where they held their exhibit. After constant visits to the place and reinforced interaction with the artists, she became a member, one of three women amongst Tam-awan artists.

“When women have children of their own, they almost always give up their artistic pursuits and concentrate on their family life”, Tara Natividad answered when asked why there aren’t many women visual artists here in Baguio. “I think some are stamped out by critiques of other artists, mostly male, who appear to just brush us off.” Neither of those hindrances deters her in creating art and being taken seriously. As the first child in a brood of six brought up by a nonagenarian grandmother and a single mother, she has intimate epitomes of strength in her home to begin with.

Then, perhaps too, Tara Natividad paints diwatas to populate her canvasses with women, not to identify or widen the gulf between the sexes, these subjects being magical women with powers for beauty and goodnes

TWO MAN SHOW EXHIBIT:

“Celebrating How Wong we are” with Carlo Villafuerte
Tam-awan Village
January 8, 2011

INSTALLATION ART:

3rd TIAF 2012 BREWING THROUGH THE ARTS “THE DOME“
2nd TIAF 2011 WEAVING THROUGH THE ARTS “TAM-AWAN SANCTUARY”

GROUP EXHIBITS:

May 2012 3rd TIAF 2012 (Brewing through the arts)
Tam-awan Village
May 2012 TVA Tapestry of Lives Singapore
Mar 2012 TVA TAOID Ayala Museum
Mar 2012 (WOMEN’S MONTH) VOCAS Manor Hotel
Dec 2011 TVA Tam-awan village
2011 TVA Singapore
Sep 2011 TVA Camp John Hay
Sep 2011 Eyes on the Rock/td> Rock Garden
Sep 2011 Celebrating Baguio Day VOCAS
Aug 2011 WAPAAK 1 VOCAS
2011 TVA Paradizo Resort
Jul 2011 Flabbergast 2 Tam-awan Village
Apr 2011 Flabbergast 1 Vigan municipal hall
Apr 2011 Ihawansakawayan Vigan
Apr 2011 Hidden Garden Vigan
Mar 2011 The Lighthouse Subic Bay Free Point Zone
2011 Paradiso Beach Resort Samara Aringay, La Union
2010 Manila Art 2010 TVA Group show
Feb 2010 TVA Group Show Ayala Museum
Nov 2009 TVA Group Show Manor Hotel
Aug 2008 Pinakamasarap na Chapsuey nila Ate at Nanay Tam-awan Village
Jul 2007 Kulorista 3 Tam-awan Village
Jun 2007 Paraiso Maryknoll Sanctuary
Nov 2006 4 Ladies Tam-awan Village
Jun 2006 Kulorista 2 Tam-awan Village
Feb 2005 Silayan Kwago Bar, Baguio City


WORKSHOPS:

Dec 2009 Girl's Scout of the Philippines (Dream Catcher Facilitator) Pangasinan
May 2006 Bantay Bata (Dream Catcher Facilitator) Tam-awan Village
Mar 2006 1st Northern Luzon Woman Artist Conference workshop Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Baguio City