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

TARA LALAINE NATIVIDAD

“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 while taking up a degree in nursing she joined Tropang Paltok, a performing and visual arts group, further encouraging and honing her artistic expressions. One of the group’s 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 goodness.

AWARDS

Nov. 2019 1st Price in Metal Craft
Ibag-iw Festival, Old Diplomat Hotel, Baguio City
2017 Aliw Award: Best new Concept Production & Best Director
Anatomy of an Octopus Woman

Group Shows

March 2020 Bei-Bei: Being Her Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS) 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd., Baguio City
Feb 2020 Ibagtit Luisa’s Cafe, Session Rd., Baguio City
Dec 2019 Lahing Makulay Expo Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City
Nov. 2019 Apunan Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City
Green and Wild Expo 3rd Level, SMX Aura, Taguig City
Oct. 2019 Another Day R Gallery, Quezon City
July 2019 Pillars Tam-awan Village Main Gallery
March 2019 Bin-nadang Di Kordilyera ArtistSpace, Ayala Museum, Makati City
March 2019 Fera Rosa Tam-awan Village Ugnayan Gallery, Baguio City
Jan 2019 Year of the Pig Tam-awan Village Main Gallery, Baguio City
Dec 2018 PAEA at 50 GSIS Museum, Pasay City
Oct. 2018 New.s.feed. Tam-awan Village Gallery, Baguio City
Sept 2018 Pagnwanawanan Dal-luyon Cafe &Gallery, San Juan, La Union
July 2018 Tam-awan @ 20 The Bellevue Manila, Alabang
March 2018 Babaira Tam-awan Village Main Gallery, Baguio City
Dec 2017 Habol Eksena 2017 Quibad’s Place, Bakakeng Sur, Baguio City
Oct. 2017 The Eves Old Baguio Boys, Nevada Square, Baguio City
May 2017 8th TIAF: Keeping the Stone Rolling Tam-awan Village Baguio City
March 2017 Women in Art VOCAS, 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd., Baguio City
Dec 2017 7th TIAF: Peace Pacts Tam-awan Village Baguio City
Dec 2016 Tavid NCCA Gallery
April 2016 Aramid II ArtistSpace, Ayala Museum, Makati City
Visible Spectrum Tam-awan Village Gallery Baguio City
March 2016 An Art Exhibit Katipunan Resto, Lakandula St., Baguio City
Bathaluman VOCAS 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd., Baguio City
Dec 2015 Art Festival Group Show Baguio Museum
Nov 2015 Musing Muses Tam-awan Village Gallery
Aug 2015 TVA: Rubber Cuts NCCA Gallery, Intramuros Manila
June 2015 Sining Kalayaan Kikan Resto Bar, Gov. Pack Rd., Baguio City
May 2015 6th TIAF: A Global Cordillera Tam-awan Village Baguio City
D 1st More International Katipunan Exhibitionist Katipunan Aresto Art
Mandala: A Sacred Art of the Mystic VOCAS, 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd., Baguio City
April 2015 unEARTH: Baguio X Manila Altromondo Gallery, Makati City
March 2015 Inayan VOCAS, 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd., Baguio City
TVA Group Show Manila Art Centre, Megamall
Nov 2014 Golot: A Celebration of IP’s Cordilleran Art Baguio Museum
Sept 21, 2014 Baguio’s Pinest VOCAS, 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd. Baguio City
June 2014 Uritim Pakpahim Baguio Museum
May 2014 5thTIAF: Cordillera Stories… Rituals and Beliefs Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
Mandala Festival VOCAS, 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd. Baguio City
Manggagawa Baguio Museum
March 2014 Mapteng Eshan VOCAS, 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd. Baguio City
Vitruvian Women Tam-awan Village Gallery
Feb 2014 TVA Group Exhibit Baguio Museum
Kabsat Sining at Musika pinag-isa Kikan Resto Bar, Gov. Pack Rd., Baguio City
TVA Group Show Baguio Museum
Year of the Horse Tam-awan Village Gallery, Baguio City
June 2013 Mga Musmos sa Pader ni Victor VOCAS 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd. Baguio City
May 2013 4th TIAF: Jewels of the Cordillera Tam-awan Village Baguio City
Dec 2012 Nostalgia Group Art Exhibit B Lot Art Studio, Makati City
Aug 2012 Ambisyosa Tam-awan Village Gallery
May 2012 3rd TIAF: Weaving Through Arts Tam-awan Village Baguio City
TVA Group Show: Tapestry of Lives The Art House(at THe Old Parliament), Singapore
March 2012 TVA Art Exhibit ArtistSpace Ayala Museum, Makati City
Wapaak 2! Lipad Eba Lipad VOCAS 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd. Baguio City
Dec 2011 TVA Group Show Tam-awan Village Baguio City
Sep 2011 TVA Group Show CAP-John Hay Trade & Culture Center, Baguio City
Eyes on the Rock Rock Garden Gallery, Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
Aug 2011 Wapaak! Women’s Artistic Production VOCAS 5th Flr., La Azotea Bldg., Session Rd. Baguio City
July 2011 Flabbergast 2 Tam-awan Village Gallery, Baguio City
April 2011 Flabbergast 1A Exhibit Tour Vigan Municipal Hall, VIgan, Ilocos Sur
March 2011 TVA Group Show Paradiso Beach Resort, Aringay, La Union
Art for a Cause The Lighthouse, Subic Bay Free Point Zone
Nov 2010 Tam-awan Idiay Paradiso Paradiso Beach Resort, Aringay, La Union
July 2010 Manila Art TVA Groupshow SMX Convention Center, Pasig City
Feb 2010 TVA Group Show Ayala Museum, Makati City
Nov 2009 TVA Group Show Manor Hotel, CJH
July 2009 Manila Art 09 NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, MM
Aug 2008 Pinakamasarap na Chapsuey sila Ate at Nanay Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
July 2007 Kulorista Tam-awan Village Baguio City
June 2007 Paraiso Maryknoll Sanctuary, Baguio City
Nov 2006 Four Ladies Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
June 2006 Kulorista Tam-awan Village Baguio City
Feb 2005 Silayan Kwago Bat, Baguio City

Solo Exhibits

Dec 2019 Passage and Dimensions Tam-awan Village Main Gallery
August 2013 Ang Huling Mga Diwata Tam-awan Village Main Gallery

Two Man Show

Jan 2011 Celebrating How Wrong We Are Tam-awan Village Main Gallery

ARTS AND CRAFTS WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

TVA Art Workshop= Mono Print Facilitator Brgy. Guinaban, Bacnotan, La Union
Dec. 20, 2019
TIAF 7,2017 Peace Pacts=  Dream catcher workshop Facilitator Tam-awan Village, Baguio City
Dec 7 – 11, 2017
Dream Catcher, and sand art Facilitator Barlig Bontoc, Mountain Province
February 14, 2015
Ghandi School South Korea Tam-awan Village Baguio City
June 9,2014
NEDA-CAR Basic Painting Guisad, Baguio City
May 21, 2014
Ultimate C.H.I.L.D Center for Holistic Intensive Learner Centered Development: Basic painting Salay, Mangaldan Pangasinan
May 13, 2014
TIAF 2014=Stories, Beliefs and Rituals= Mask Making paper mache’ Tam-awan Village Baguio City
May 7,2014
Unoy Festival 2014=Arts Eco Workshop Luplupa,Tinglayan Kalinga
April 14-23,2014
Mask Making-teracotta Bangad,Tinglayan Kalinga
TIAF 2013 “Jewels of the Cordilleras Tam-awan Village Baguio City
May 16-18 2013
Dream Catcher Making Workshop Tam-awan Village Children’s International Summer
2013
Village from 9 Countries: Kawanan Nan Batawa Contemporary Sabangan Mt.Province
November 16-23, 2012
Dance Workshop with Chiyo Ogino Pangasinan Girl’s Scout of the Phil
Dec 20 2009
BantayBataDream Catcher Facilitator Tam-awan Village
May 25,2006
Northern Luzon Woman:Dream Catcher Facilitator Maryknoll Sanctuary Baguio City
March 10-12 2006

MULTICULTURAL/INTERNATIONAL

Facilitated art workshops to foreigners from various countries as well as to Local andIindigenous people

ATTENDED SEMINARS, TRAININGS, AND WORKSHOPS

November 2015    Blue Moon Knojac pape Making Workshop Poking ,Kapangan Benguet

July 2015    Stage Lighting: Basics and Beyond               Tam-awan Village Pinsao Proper

 

December 14-19, 2012   Konjac Paper Making Workshop Kapangan Benguet

 

August 9, 2009    Depression and Suicide  -2nd Floor Mt. Crest Hotel Legarda Rd. Baguio City

 

March 10-12, 2006      First Northern Luzon Women Visual Artists’ Conference-Workshop

 

October 29-30, 2005    Foundations of Leadership Excellence Seminar at Hotel Reneca, Baguio City