by Moody Blu, 2021

Born May, 5 1994 // Olongapo City, Philippines // raised overseas as a military child, Maryann Taruc (Tahrook)  has a distinctive perspective on the world

Tahrook is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in the vibrant art scene of Washington, DC.
She started studying art as an infant and proceeded to explore abstract expressionism and the depths of her own heart and mind. These influences inspired her figurative and representational art practice.
For a short time she studied at Corcoran School of the Arts to further her knowledge in abstract and fine art.
In 2019, she worked as Program Assistant for Anacostia Arts Center where she would find and share artists, promote site as resource and mine the collective power of the site for all opportunities for East of the River Artists promoting galleries, ARCH and Historic Anacostia.

Tahrook assited in the organization of large scale productions for The Kennedy Center such as the 2018 Turnarounnd Arts Talent Show, The Turnaround Arts National Summer Leadership Retreat, the Love Train Music Video and is currently a part of the The Culture Caucus, a group of individuals and organizations, based in the DC area working with the Social Impact Team to produce a variety of events, the majority of which are slated to occur at the REACH.

Today she spends a lot of her time working in a small office space that she transformed into a studio- creating works of figurative and abstract paintings and tattooing local clients to keep the momentum.
Her other creative interests include djing, film photography and creating archives of inspirational works.


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11.16.19 / Self Exploration / Solo Exhibition / The Sunset Center / Carmel by the Sea, CA

9.15.19 / Tahrook at Homme / Solo Exhibition / 52 O st. NW / Washington, DC

5.14.19 / Weave the People / Group Exhibition / Union Market / Washington, DC

3.23.18 / Seasonal Affective / Solo Exhibition / AOK Art Space  / Washington, DC

1.22.18 / New Balance 574 / Group Exhibition / Shoe City / Washington, DC

9.16.16 / Free Yout 3 / Group Exhibition / 411 NY AVE NE / Washington, DC

5.14.16 / Hoodstock DC / Group Exhibition / Blind Whino / Washington, DC

4.25.16 / Herbin Development / Group Exhibition / Piola Pizzeria / Washington, DC

8.15.15 / Joint Joint / Group Exhibition / Beer4U Sports Bar / Waldorf, MD




2020, Studio residency, The Kennedy Center & The Reach, Washington, DC

2019, Studio residency, AOK Artist Residency, Cape Cod, MA

2019, Studio residency, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC

2018, Studio residency, AOK Art Space, Washington, DC

2017, Studio residency, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Washington, DC