MINERALS: Tata Montilla mounts solo exhibition at W17
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My friend Tata Montilla pursued various trades before realizing his true calling.
His interest in textures brought him to San Francisco where he studied surface finishes under Joanne Day, who invited him to participate in the restoration of a historical landmark, the Hunt Phelan home, the oldest residential structure in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tata Montilla

Then he moved to Bangkok, where he stayed for a few years—long enough to read, write and speak the Thai language. The city was, in Tata’s own words, “so good to me.”
Being away from Manila and living a life of anonymity was liberating for him. Through the course of his extended stay, he reconnected with his soul.

Tata at Paragon
Tata in Bangkok, 2008

“Bangkok was a journey of self discovery. That’s where I experienced extreme happiness, extreme sadness, and extreme loneliness,” he said.
The city would also lead him to the world of plants. Upon returning to Manila, Tata became a landscape designer.
But through all the years I’ve known him (since the New Wave ’80s), Tata has always been an artist.

Tata Montilla

Now, for the first time, Tata will mount a solo exhibition titled Minerals, where he creates art based on surface finishes. He expands the application of the oxidation process and explore its possibilities on canvas.

Tata Montilla

Minerals opens on May 2, 2016, 5 PM at W17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
The exhibit will be open to the public until May 17, 2016.

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