Manuel Ocampo (Filipino, b.1965) is a painter who plays with religious and cultural symbolism and iconography. He studied at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City in 1984, and in 1985, he moved to the United States to study at California State University in Bakersfield. While living there, he found himself attracted to the marginalized punk culture that was rising at the time.

His first solo show, Lies, Falls Hopes, and Megalomania, was held at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1988. Many of his early works juxtaposed secular and religious imagery to evoke social and political criticism. In Virgin Destroyer( Ipis Ni Lupe) (1996), a cockroach is painted in the style of the Virgen de Guadalupe and adorned with painted images of a vodka bottle, a plastic rosary, and a bloody knife. Ocampo’s work has been included in exhibits at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Documentahallen in Kassel, Nosbaum & Reding – Art Contemporain, The Asia Society in New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He participated in the Venice Biennial in 1993 and 2001. He has also received the Rome Prize at the American Academy, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and Art Matters Inc.

In 2009, the artist exhibited She has a hot ass: The Demystification of Art and Its Incorporation into the Practice of Everyday Life Could Only Be Achieved Through the Deliberate Lowering of Standards at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne. Ocampo created a drawing and performance installation referencing Marcel Duchamp’s appropriation of the Mona Lisa, L.H.H.O.Q, in which a tattoo artist was set-up to permanently place his sketches on the skin of any gallery visitors. The artist is represented in New York by Tyler Rollins Fine Art, in Copenhagen by Space of Drawings, and in Graz by Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill. In 2003, Ocampo moved back to the Philippines and co-founded the Department of Avant-Garde Clichés Gallery in Manila, where he lives and works.

Timeline

1965
Born :Quezon City, Philippines
1984
University of the Philippines, Quezon City.
1985
California State University, Bakersfield.
1995
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. par The Art Matters Foundation.
1995–1996
Rome Prize in Visual Arts, American Academy in Rome.
1996
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts.
1998
Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Artists at Giverny Program.
Lives and works in Berkeley, CA

Exhibitions

2013
Carré Sainte Anne, Montpelier, France. (solo)
2012
The View Through the Bull of a Manual Laborer of Menagerie Gussied Over White Ground: 20 years of Self-Loathing and Intestinal Mishaps, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY. (solo)
2012
Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia.
2011
Dublin Contemporary 2011: Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance,Dublin, Ireland.
2011
Contemporary Psychology and the Theoretical Steroid Defiled Modernist Chicken. Space of Drawings, Copenhagen, Denmark. (solo)
2011
Gallery Zimmermann Kratochvill, Graz, Austria.
2011
The Beer Belly Masculinity Intensification Program or When Hangover Becomes Form, KalimanRawlins, Melbourne, Australia. (solo)
2011
Rebels of abstraction and the ghost poo of painting. Galeria Adhoc, Vigo, Spain.(solo)
2010
An exhibition of collaborations with 7 imaginary friends showing a variety of painterly mishaps flaunted as majestic embellishments, Nosbaum & Reding - Art Contemporain, Luxembourg. (solo)
2010
An Arcane Recipe Involving Ingredients Cannibalized from the Reliquaries of Some Profane Illumination, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY. (solo)
2010
THE PAINTER’S EQUIPMENT, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore. (solo)
2010
Painting with a Hammer to Nail the Crotch of Civilization: A Group Show of Wall Works and Tattoo Imagery, Manila Contemporary, Makati City, Philippines.
2009
Monuments to the Institutional Critique of Myself, Pablo Gallery, Manila.-solo
2009
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, Belgium.-solo
2009
Galerie Baerbel Graesslin, Frankfurt, Germany.-solo
2009
Bongout, Berlin, Germany.-solo
2008
Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, Australia-solo
2008
Galeria Tomas March, Valencia, Spain.-solo
2007
Guided by Sausage, Nosbaum & Reding – Art Contemporain, Luxembourg.-solo
2007
Guided by Sausage, Le (9) bis, Saint-Etienne, France.-solo
2007
Kitsch Recovery Program, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.-solo
2007
Finale Art File, Manila, Philippines.-solo
2006
"Moral stories:fuck the third world!! "Galeria Tomas Mach, Valencia, Espagne (1er april-25 may), solo
2006
Art Center, Mega Mall, Mandaluyong, Philippines (oct) -solo
2003
« WunderKammer », Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst E.V., Augsburg, Germany -solo
2003
« The inaequacy of the struggle against the inadequacy of the struggle », Sprüt Magers Projekte, München -solo
2003
"Lee Almighty, Magnet Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines -solo
2002
An All Out Attempt at Transcendence, Galerie Baerbel Graesslin, Frankfurt. -solo
2002
Comprehensible Only to a Few Initiates, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris. -solo
2002
An Existentializing Function of an Aesthetic Suspension of the Meaningful Word, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco. -solo
2001
Presenting the Undisclosed System of References in the Loophole of Misunderstanding, Galeria OMR Mexico City. -solo
2001
Free Aesthetic Pleasure Now!, Babilonia 1808, Berkeley, California.
2000
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York -solo
2000
Those Long Dormant Pimples of Inattention Counterattacking the Hyper-Convuluted Dramas of the Gaze, Galerie Philomene Magers, Munich (solo)
2000
5th Biennial of Lyon.

Public Collections

Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna, Lisbon, Portugal.
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France.
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan.
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Frac Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, France.
Frac Île-de-France, Le Plateau, Paris, France.
Museo Berado, Lisbon, Portugal.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA.
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.
The San Francisco Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA.
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS), Madrid, Spain.
Museo Extremeno e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain.
IVAM Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain.
Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, (CAAM) Canary Islands, Spain.

Literature

2005
Manuel Ocampo, Bastards of Misrepresentation, Edicion Casia Asia, Barcelona, 2005.
2002
Art Now, 137 Artists at the Rise of the New Millennium, Taschen, Cologne
2002
Vitamin P, New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon, London, New York
2002
Vitamin P, New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon, London, New York, 2002.
2002
Art Now, 137 Artists at the Rise of the New Millennium, Taschen, Cologne, 2002.
2001
Les Chiens Andalous, Track 16 Gallery/Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, California
2000
Asian Collection 50, From the Collection of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan.
2000
Les Chiens Andalous, Track 16 Gallery/Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, California, 2001. Asian Collection 50, From the Collection of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, 2000.
1999
Why Must I Care For a Girl Who Always Scratches Wherever She Itches: 1-1/2 Centuries of Modern Art Twelve Step Program, Delfina, Londres; Centre Cultural Tecla Sala, L’Hospitalet, (Barcelona).
1999
La Naturaleza de la Cultura--Manuel Ocampo & Gaston Damag, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla
1999
The Inversion of the Ideal: Navigating the Landscape of Intestinal Muck, Swastikating between Love and Hate, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid