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 Manila, the Philippines

Exhibitions

2015
Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, NY (January 8 – February 14). (solo)
2014
POSSESSION (II), Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University, UK.
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
2009
The Making of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany.
2009
200 War Stories by Ehren Tool (featuring a mural and installation by Manuel Ocampo), Bongout, Berlin, Germany.
2008
Problems with style, Green Papaya Art Project, Manila, Philippines.
2008
In the context of : La dégelée Rabelais, organised by FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
2008
Magnet Gallery, Manila, Philippines.
2008
Morts de rire, La Panacée, Montpellier, France.
2008
Et tout pour les mange-tripes !, 
Musée Pierre André Benoit & Espace de Rochebelle, Alès, France.
2008
A Thélème, Priape s’est cogné…,
CIRCA - La Chartreuse, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France.
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
2007
Rooms, Conversations, Frac Île-de-France, Le Plateau, Paris, France.
2007
L’Explosition, Frac Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, France.
2007
Messages Abroad, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France.
2007
Nosbaum & Reding at Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany.
2007
Kinky Sex, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2006
Five Stories High, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
2006
Wonder and Horror of the Human Head, 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2006
En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza sin Alcohol (with Curro Gonzalez), Galeria adhoc, Vigo, Spain.
2006
Down with Reality, Galerie Jesco Von Puttkamer, Berlin, Germany.
2006
Kitsch Recovery Program: An Image is Just a Pathetic Attempt to do Justice to a Picture, Nosbaum & Reding - Art Contemporain, Luxembourg.
2006
No System Can Give the Masses the Proper Social Graces (with Damien Deroubaix), Haptic at La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
2006
Gray Kapernekas Gallery, New York, NY.
2006
Down with Reality, Galerie Jesco von Puttkamer, Berlin, Germany.
2006
Art Center, Mega Mall, Mandaluyong, Philippines (oct) -solo
2005
Mumu Territorium, Artcenter Megamall, Mandaluyong Metro Manila, Philippines.
2005
The Holocaustic Spackle in the Murals of the Quixotic Inseminators, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2005
Bastards of Misrepresentation, Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain.
2005
New Works, LAC, Lieu d’Art Contemporain, Sigean, France.
2004
Moral Stories: Fuck the Third World, Galeria Tomas March, Valencia, Spain.
2004
Bastards, Galerie Baerbel Graesslin, Frankfurt, Germany.
2004
Finale Art File, Mega Mall, Mandaluyong, Philippines.
2004
Miserable Intentions (with Gaston Damag), Art Contemporain – Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg.
2004
Birth - Sex - Death, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
2004
La Alegria de mi Sueños, Seville Biennale, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporanea, Seville, Spain.
2003
End of the Start, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2003
The Broken Mirror, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY.
2003
Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich, Germany.
2003
« WunderKammer », Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst E.V., Augsburg, Germany -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
2002
« The inaequacy of the struggle against the inadequacy of the struggle », Sprüt Magers Projekte, München -solo
2002
Extranjeros: Los Otros Artistas Españoles, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain.
2002
Extranjeros: Los Otros Artistas Españoles, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain.
2001
49. Esposizione Internazionale, Plateau of Mankind, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy. (catalogue)
2001
Berlin Biennale II, Berlin, Germany. (catalogue)
2001
Les Chiens Andalous, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
2001
Vom Eindruck zum Ausdruck: Grässlin Collection (From Impression to Expression), Hamburg, Germany. (catalogue)
2001
Contemporary Devotion, San Jose Museum of Art, CA.
2001
Circos Globulos: Selected Works from the Babilonia Wilner Collection, Babilonia 1808, Berkeley, CA.
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
Baerbel Grasslin, Frankfurt, Germany.
2000
Salon, Delfina, London, UK.
2000
Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
2000
Faith: The Impact of Judeo-Christian Religion on Art at the Millenium, The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (catalogue)
2000
Partage d’Exotismes, 5th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France.
2000
Sammlung Falckenberg (Falckenberg Collection), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany.
2000
The Sensational Line, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO.
2000
The Stream of Transcendent Object-Making Consciously Working towards the Goal, Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt, Germany.
2000
Those Long Dormant Pimples of Inattention Meandering through the Cranium Arcade of Pitiless Logic Swastikating between Love and Hate, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY.
1999
The Nature of Culture - Manuel Ocampo/Gaston Damag. Interventions in the Monasterio de la Cartuja de Santa Maria de las Cuevas, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain. (catalogue)
1999
The Inversion of the Ideal: Navigating the Landscape of Intestinal Muck, Swastikating between Love and Hate, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid,Spain. (catalogue)
1999
Vestiges of War, 1899-1999: The Philippine-American War and Its Aftermath, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Gallery, New York University, NY.
1999
Jardin de Eros, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, Palau de la Virreina/Centre Cultural Tecla Sala, Barcelona, Spain; Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway. (catalogue)
1999
Sensibilidade Apocaliptica, Festival Atlantico ‘99, Lisbon, Portugal. (catalogue)
1998
To Infinity and Beyond: Presenting the Unpresentable - The Sublime or the Lack Thereof, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France.
1998
Yo Tambien Soy Pintura, El Museo Extremeno e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo, Badajoz, Spain. (catalogue)
1998
Why Must I Care For a Girl Who Always Scratches Wherever She Itches: 1-1/2 Centuries of Modern Art, Twelve Step Program, Delfina, London; Centre Cultural Tecla Sala, Barcelona, Spain. (catalogue)
1998
Galerie Philomene Magers, Cologne, Germany.
1998
At Home and Abroad: 21 Contemporary Filipino Artists, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. (catalogue)
1998
Double Trouble: The Patchett Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA. (catalogue)
1998
Pop Surrealism, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT. (catalogue)
1998
Cien Años Despues, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines; Puerto Rico; Havana, Cuba; Valencia, Spain. (catalogue)
1997
Heridas de la Lengua, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. (catalogue)
1997
Hacer Pintura Es Hacer Patria, Galeria OMR, Mexico City, Mexico. (catalogue)
1997
American Stories-Amidst Displacement and Transformation, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. (catalogue)
1997
Arte Chido!, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico.
1997
Memories of Overdevelopment, Irvine Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA. (catalogue)
1997
Past Time, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA.
1997
Nu-Glu, Joseph Helman Gallery, New York, NY.
1997
Pervasive Referents, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY.
1997
Unmapping the Earth, ‘97 Kwangju Biennial, Korea.
1997
Art and Provocation: Images from Rebels, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO.
1996
Annual Exhibition, American Academy in Rome, Italy.
1996
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY.
1995
Ciocca Raffaelli Arte Contemporaneo, Milan, Italy. (catalogue)
1995
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France.
1995
Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada.
1995
Eye Tattooed America, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.
1995
In the Light of Goya, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
1995
Post-Colonial California, San Francisco State University, CA.
1994
Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art, The Asia Society, New York, NY. (catalogue)
1994
Icastica, Galeria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy. (catalogue)
1994
Jean-Michel Basquiat & Manuel Ocampo, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
1994
Manuel Ocampo & Don Ed Hardy, Cavin Morris Gallery, New York, NY.
1994
Sacred and Profane, Studio Nosei, Rome, Italy.
1994
Unholy Wars, Postmasters, New York, NY.
1994
Paraiso Abierto a Todos, The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA.
1994
Stations of the Cross, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY.
1993
New Paintings, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries/Fred Hoffman, Beverly Hills, CA.
1993
Manuel Ocampo, Galeria OMR, Mexico City, Mexico.
1993
43rd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
1993
Drawing the Line Against Aids, 45th Venice Biennial at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy. (catalogue)
1993
In Out of the Cold, Center for the Arts at Yerba Beuna Gardens, San Francisco, CA. (catalogue)
1993
Medialismo, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy. (catalogue)
1992
Documenta IX, Documentahallen, Kassel, Germany. (catalogue)
1992
Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. (catalogue)
1992
Grupo de Gago, Weingart Center Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.
1992
Matrix Berkeley 150, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
1991
M.J.O., Jay Chiat residence, New York, NY.
1991
Manuel Ocampo, Fred Hoffman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
1991
Individual Realities in the California Art Scene, Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan.
1991
Mike Bidlo, Manuel Ocampo, Andres Serrano, Saatchi Collection, London, UK.
1990
Substancias Irritantes, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman College, Orange, CA.
1989
John Thomas Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
1989
The Onyx Café, Los Angeles, CA.
1988
Lies, Falls Hopes, and Megalomania, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

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
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.
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
1998
Yo Tambien Soy Pintura, Museo Extremeno e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain, 1998
1997
Hacer Pintura es Hacer Patria, Galeria OMR, Mexico City, 1997
1997
Heridas de la Lengua, Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, 1997
1997
Station to Station, Edizioni Programma, Cagliari, Italy, 1997
1995
Lussier, Real, Serie Projet 15: Manuel Ocampo, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal
1994
Chagoya, Enrique, Notes for a Nonlinear Interpretation of the Work of Manuel Ocampo, The Mexican Museum, San Francisco
1994
Enriquez, Lucia, Jean Michel Basquiat/Manuel Ocampo, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
1994
Virgin Destroyer: Manuel Ocampo, Hardy Marks Publications, Honolulu, 1994
1992
Rinder, Lawrence, History and Retribution in the Art of Manuel Ocampo, University Art Museum, Berkeley
1991
Kent, Sarah, Mike Bidlo, Manuel Ocampo, Andres Serrano, Saatchi Collection, London, August