Manuel Ocampo  (Filipino, 1965) 

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.

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Manuel Ocampo, Untitled (World Man)


Manuel Ocampo
Untitled (World Man)
Track 16 Gallery
Manuel Ocampo, R


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Manuel Ocampo, Tarantado


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Manuel Ocampo, Foot Fetish


Manuel Ocampo
Foot Fetish

Tyler Rollins Fine Art
Manuel Ocampo, The Holocaustic Spackle in the Murals of the Quixotic Inseminators II, Manuel Ocampo


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The Holocaustic Spackle in the Murals of the Quixotic Inseminators II, Manuel Ocampo

Tyler Rollins Fine Art
Manuel Ocampo, Dolor de Muelas


Manuel Ocampo
Dolor de Muelas

Track 16 Gallery
Manuel Ocampo, A Responsibility in the Name of Ideas


Manuel Ocampo
A Responsibility in the Name of Ideas

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Manuel Ocampo, La Trinidad, Estacion IV


Manuel Ocampo
La Trinidad, Estacion IV, 1994
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Manuel Ocampo, Ohne Titel


Manuel Ocampo
Ohne Titel, 2011
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Manuel Ocampo, Yo soy la Virgen de Calidad


Manuel Ocampo
Yo soy la Virgen de Calidad, 1994
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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
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.
  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.
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