Tao’s work can be described as embellished observation. Specializing in burnt willow and charcoal, he began drawing at a young age. He is entirely self-taught, influenced primarily by the works of Rembrandt, Henry Asencio, Casey Baugh, John Singer Sargent, and the sketches of Da Vinci.
Tao’s art has evolved over time from hyper-realism to more interpretive. Though still maintaining figures as his prime subject matter, he is narrowing the focus to certain elements rather than the whole. Rather than push new boundaries, he seeks to show the emotional power and dynamic contrasts that willow is capable of.
Tao currently works and resides in Rabat, Morocco.