CristinaSollesta Taniguchi Born on January 8, 1952 Child: Maria Taniguchi Spouse: Kaoru Taniguchi Cristina “Kitty” Taniguchi’s education includes a Bachelor of Mass Communication and an M. A. in English and American Literature from Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines. She also took elective subjects on art criticisms and creative writings for her doctorate units. She serves the Filipino art community through her Affiliations in Kasibulan (Women Association) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-National Committee on Art Galleries. Kitty’s work experience includes teaching studio art the Department of Fine Arts, Foundation University and as artistic director for the Nationwide Closing Celebration of the Heritage Month of May in 2008. As a visual artist, Kitty’s artwork was highlighted in numerous news and art and culture publications and is contained in various collections throughout in the Philippines and abroad. Her paintings are in the collections of the Beijing International Art Biennale; the Luxor International Painting Symposium, Egypt; the National Art Symposia, Udaipur, India; the Art Residency House of Ljubisa Vecanski, Panchevo, Serbia; the Jovan Popovich Museum, Serbia; and, various Filipino and foreign private collectors. Her sculptures are permanently installed in the New Ordos Park, Inner Mongolia, China; the Chuandongbei Ecological and Wetland Park, Changchun, China; and, in the collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, USA; the Rowan University, USA, ; and, the Beijing Yi Dong Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China. Kitty has held the following select solo and group shows: Wrong Horizon, Solo exhibit of large paintings at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2005; Anthology of Myths and Muses, solo exhibit of large paintings, NOVA Gallery, Makati, Philippines 2008; Solo exhibit of works on paper and paintings in acrylic at Boem Art Gallery, Starcevo, Serbia and at Jovan Popovich Museum, Opovo, Serbia in 2014 and in 2017 as repeat art exhibition; group exhibit at the Red Cube Public art Museum and at the Dafen Art Museum for the 1st Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale in 2018 - 2019; group exhibit of the Beijing International Art Biennale, China, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2017; the Tenggara Art Exhibit by select Filipino, Indonesian, Malaysian artists at Novahs Gallery, Contemporary Urban Center, Liverpool, England, 2008; a travelling group exhibition of large terracotta installations and sculptures at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2007; the Luxor International Painting exhibit, 2012, 2013; group exhibit at the Zenana Mahal City Art Gallery, Udaipur, India, 2013; the exhibit of Filipino Contemporary artists for the collections of Imago Mundi, Italy, 2015; and, the Bloodline group exhibit at the Art Center, Philippines, 2016; and exhibit of three artists entitled Arcadia at the Galerie Roberto Manila in 2018 where she was the major exhibitor. On July 14 to 24, 2019, kitty will join the Art Symposium Jahorina in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kitty is the curator of the Mariyah Gallery in Dumaguete City, Philippines that has been in operation since 1992 and is a long time member of the National Committee on Art Galleries of the Philippines . She also curates for other art spaces. In May 2017, she curated the Ariniego collections of paintings and other artworks of the three National Artists for visual arts of the Philippines and other important Filipino artists at the Ariniego Gallery, Silliman University Campus. In 2006, Kitty gave lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and at the Rowan University in South New Jersey in USA as part of the two universities’ International Art and Cultural Exchange Programs, respectively. On local base, she gives artist talks and lectures at different universities. Recently, she talked about the state of the arts in the province of Negros Oriental at St. Paul’s University in Dumaguete City. Kitty also writes about art and culture and other subject matters. Her published works include, The Mariyah Gallery Experience : An Artist Runs a Gallery, a Private Venture in a Small Community, LOCUS, Interventions in Art Practice of Lopez Memorial Museum and Pananaw ng Sining ng Bayan Inc., 2005; Sidetrip to Biennale, an article on the artist’s observations of the Venice Art Biennale 2013 select art exhibits, Udaipur, India Art Publication 2013; CROW, a long poem on the most focused artistic iconography of the artist, Poetry Vives, 2004-2005 finalists, ed. Nancy M. Johnson, publisher Poetry Vives, c 2005 USA.