Born 1972, La Trinidad, Benguet in the Philippines, Tandoyog’s works appropriates anarchism and punk into everyday slogans on local politics. The union of “indigenous” and “punk” informs his making, pairing pop and folk imagery, humor and agitated sloganeering.
The slogans are layered, in so much as satires are understood in different tones to dialect readers and readers in English. His wordplay is contextualized in the multilingual culture of his hometown where even the lingua franca is a mix of “mountain” Ilocano and Filipino. For Tandoyog, his focus on dualities is an engagement with his community as it assimilates with global media.
Before his shift to art-making, Tandoyog practiced as a professional nurse. He started painting at age 20 and two years later, joined his first group show with the Baguio Arts Guild in 1994. Since then, he has held solo exhibitions at Sanctuary Gallery, Tam-awan Village Gallery, Crucible Gallery, BenCab Museum, Drawingroom Gallery, Mono8 Gallery and Project 20 Gallery. He has also joined several group shows in Baguio, Metro Manila, and Palawan and has exhibited in Adelaide, Australia, Singapore, and South Korea.