Lhee Isabel Taneo is a multi-media artist trained in the Fine Arts program of the University of the Philippines-Cebu. She shuttles back and forth between her home in Mactan and her rest house in Olanggo Island, a place where she reconnects with the shore and the sea –the constant inspiration for her art.
Working primarily in mosaics, Taneo’s subjects play with light and shadow using the natural color and texture found in shells. She patterns every piece in her mosaics meticulously, mostly using the smaller variation of shells to achieve detailed images.
Lhee Isabel Taneo is the youngest in Qube Gallery’s line up of emerging Cebuano artists. She has attracted distinguished collectors and art critics in Cebu even as a student. To her, art highlights the simplicity and versatility of our country’s indigenous materials, thus creating works that are truly born from a tropical country that is the Philippines. Her recent exhibition in 2017 focused on the artist’s self-image rendered in the patented shell-mosaic as a form of contrasting her existence to the highly evolving digital society. Her amazing works are autobiographical of someone who has lived around the shell-craft industry while growing up in the small fishing community of Olango island in the Mactan channel.