Artist Biography

Everyone has aspirations in life. Tindongan has quite a few. Since childhood, he wanted to be an engineer, a pilot, an explorer, a teacher, and a public servant. After a great deal of exploration and soul searching he realized that he could achieve all of his dreams--by doing art.

Tindongan was born in Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, on April 8, 1958. He began carving at the age of eight. A member of the Ifugao tribe, he was mentored by master carvers in their tradition. This upland cultural minority group resides in the Cordillera mountain range of Luzon Island. His roots in the indigenous culture inform everything about Tindonganís work. He infuses his wood art with energy through his traditionís deep connection to their natural environment and the guidance of their ancestorsí spirits.

Following college in Manila, where he received a BA in aeronautical engineering, Tindongan became much involved in the development of his village community. He is an advocate for the wise utilization of natural resources and the protection of endangered species. He founded WILD WINGS, a business protecting and cultivating rare butterflies in their mountain, rainforest habitat.

Tindongan later married Cynthia White, a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in a nearby Ifugao village. They started a family, now numbering six: Mae, Allan, Joannah, Torin, Amihan, and Malaya, and came to the United States. Tindongan completed an MA in International Affairs (Development Studies) and an MA in Geography from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where they continue to live. Tindongan built their home from the trees of their woods and invites visitors to his studio and home.

His graduate degrees lend themselves to the integration of cultures and approaches inherent in his work. His collaboration with renowned sculptor, David Hostetler since 1994, and Tai Chi practitioners, Warren and Victoria Taylor since 1999, have enhanced and inspired Tindonganís pursuit of artistic expression and energy refinement.

Tindonganís work includes abstract and semi-abstract in functional and/or decorative forms. Often, the designs are one of a kind as the artist works in communion with the wood. He allows the shape, size, grain, and other characteristics of the wood to guide him in uncovering the final form. Some designs can then be reproduced in varying sizes and kinds of wood. His designs may be used as proto-types for bronze castings.

Among Tindonganís passions are practicing and teaching Tai Chi and Gigong practice for health and martial arts. In addition, he offers energy healing work, using the Kolaimni technique.

As a successful artist, his advice to those who are still fulfilling their aspirations in life, especially the youth, is to, ďfollow your passion.Ē
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