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Dumaguete City’s center for the visual arts


For the past 22 years, Mariyah Gallery has been nurturing Dumaguete’s art community by hosting regular art exhibits for paintings and terra cotta sculptures, and just recently, hosting the provincial leg of cross-cultural interaction exhibit “Salpung”, besides the one held at the NCCA Gallery in Manila.

Salpung’s Manila leg featured the works of Egyptian artist Ibrahim Ghazala, London-based Filipino artist Yveese Belen, Dumaguete based-artist Kitty Taniguchi, Bacolod-based artist Anthony Fermin, Baguio-based artists Jordan Mang osan, Art Lozano and Agang Maganda, Zambales-based artist Farley del Rosario, Quezon based-artist Tres Roman, Rizal based-artist Felix Amoncio, Bulacan based-artists Wilfredo Offemaria, Jr. and Gonzalo Uy, and Manila-based artists Anton Balao, Jomike Tejido, Cathy Lasam, Janelle Tang, and Jojo Ballo.




Established in 1992 by Cristina “Kitty” Taniguchi who holds Ph.D. units in English Literature from Silliman University, Mariyah Gallery in Dumaguete City is the coordinating and implementing body of the Dumaguete Open Biennial Terra Cotta Art Festival Exhibit and Competition, which successfully launched its series of events in 2005 and 2007.




Haven to visual artists, the Gallery has a Residency Program on Terra Cotta for artists who are serious in pursuing the medium. The Residency is held every two years with the main objective of meeting one requirement of the Terra Cotta Biennial, which is to produce well-meaning terra cotta works for the Special Exhibition.




Mariyah Gallery had a bar and restaurant for events and catering, and a three room pension house when it opened in the early 90’s. Today, it has dispensed with the bar and restaurant, and has just recently revived its artist residency program.



Home to Kitty Taniguchi, her daughter Maria S. Taniguchi and her brother Danni Sollesta, Mariyah Gallery is housed in a Spanish casa with whitewashed walls, lush gardens that showcase the sculptures and other installations, and has ample wall areas to accommodate regular-sized paintings.

Mariyah Gallery is a member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – National Committee on Art Galleries as represented by Danni Sollesta.



“Generally, I feel that my subconscious dictates an intention more on processing my art than considering an ultimate meaning or message. I would also say that in doing so, I am most of the time satisfying some kind of psychology on my part. I pick up anything (issues, forms, objects, texts contexts whatsoever) that i think would meet the psychological demand/s or sensation/s that I expect to achieve out of my effort. Though, I would not deny that I am conscious of intention that pertains to meaning (as other artists do with lots of considerations I suppose).”



Address: Larena Drive, Bogo Junction, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200

Phone: (035) 225 1687

E-mail: cristina_taniguchi@yahoo.com; kittytaniguchi@gmail.com; mariyahgallery@hotmail.com