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Manuel Ocampo

Born in 1965 - Philippines

BIOGRAPHY

Manuel Ocampo is one of the most important Filipino artists.

Manuel Ocampo has been a vital presence on the international art scene for over twenty-five years, known for fearlessly tackling the taboos and cherished icons of society and of the art world itself. During the 1990s, he was noted for his bold use of a highly charged iconography that combines Catholic imagery with motifs associated with racial and political oppression, creating works that make powerful, often conflicted, statements about the vicissitudes of personal and group identities. His works illustrate, often quite graphically, the psychic wounds that cut deep into the body of contemporary society. They translate the visceral force of Spanish Catholic art, with its bleeding Christs and tortured saints, into our postmodern, more secular era of doubt, uncertainty, and instability. In recent years, his works have featured more mysterious yet emotionally charged motifs that evoke an inner world of haunting visions and nightmares. He often makes use of an eclectic array of quasi-religious, highly idiosyncratic icons featuring teeth, fetuses, sausages, and body parts alongside more traditional Christian motifs.

The process of artistic creation is often a central concern, with many works making ironic commentaries on notions of artistic inspiration, originality, and the anxiety of influence. The artist himself is frequently the subject of parody and self- mockery; sometimes he appears as a buzzard, a kind of cultural scavenger, or assumes slightly deranged alter egos. He frequently includes sly references to the works of other artists, just as in the past he often referred to the work of provincial painters of Catholic altars. Of late, his works have featured more mysterious yet emotionally charged motifs (such as teeth, bones, and fetuses) that evoke an inner world of haunting visions and nightmares.

Ocampo’s first solo exhibition, which took place in Los Angeles in 1988, set the stage for a rapid rise to international prominence. By the early 1990s, his reputation was firmly established, with inclusion in two of the most important European art events, Documenta IX (1992) and the Venice Biennale (1993). Also in the early 1990s, he participated in the seminal exhibition, Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1992).

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015
Manuel Ocampo - Nosbaum&Reding, Luxembourg
Manuel Ocampo: The Corrections - Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York City, NY
Manuel Ocampo - The Corrections - Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York City, NY
2014
Manuel Ocampo - Notes from the Ste Anne Asylum - Galerie Nathalie Obadia - Paris, Paris
2013
Manuel Ocampo - Carré Sainte-Anne, Montpellier
Manuel Ocampo - Monument to the Pathetic Sublime - SOD Space of Drawings, Copenhagen
Manuel Ocampo - Perverse Sublime of the Toxic - Nosbaum&Reding, Luxembourg
Back to misunderstanding - Mo Space, Taguig City
2012
Manuel Ocampo - Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York City, NY
Manuel Ocampo - Finale Art File, Makati City
2011
Manuel Ocampo - The Ghost Poop Of Painting - Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz
Manuel Ocampo - The Ghost Poo of Painting - Philara - Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, Dusseldorf
Manuel Ocampo - SOD Space of Drawings, Copenhagen
los rebeldes de la abstracción y la caca fantasma de la pintura - Adhoc Galeria, Vigo
Manuel Ocampo - The Beer Belly Masculinity Intensification Program Or When Hangover Becomes Form - Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne, VIC
Manuel Ocampo The Beer Belly Masculinity Intensification Program or When Hangover Becomes Form - station gallery, South Yarra, VIC
Manuel Ocampo - The 80s - Mag:net Gallery - Katipunan, Quezon City
Manuel Ocampo - The Painter - VWFA Singapore, Singapore
Manuel Ocampo - The Painter's Equipment - vwfa Valentine Willie Fine Art- Singapore, Singapore
The Painter's Equipment - ARTSPACE @ Helutrans, Singapore
2010
An Arcane Recipe Involving Ingredients Cannibalized From The Reliquaries Of Some Profane Illumination - Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York City, NY
Manuel Ocampo - Nosbaum&Reding, Luxembourg
2009
Manuel Ocampo: Macho Fever - Finale Art File, Makati City
She has a Hot Ass - Gertrude contemporary art spaces, Melbourne, VIC
Manuel Ocampo: Monument to the Aesthetisization of Desublimated Fantasies Rendered Impotent by Unredeemable Gestures - Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main
Painting as an Attempt to Memorialize Reality’s Triumph over Art - Galerie Nathalie Obadia - Bruxelles, Brussels
2008
Manuel Ocampo - Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Manuel Ocampo - Gristle Pays Homage To The Benevolent Sausage - Mag:net Gallery - Katipunan, Quezon City
Manuel Ocampo - Guided by Sausage or Setting the Course for the Embarrassing Theme - - Galeria Tomas March, Valencia
Guided by Sausage or Setting the Course for the Embarrassing Theme - Galeria Tomas March, Valencia
2007
Guided by Sausage - Le (9) Bis, Saint-Etienne
Manuel Ocampo - Guided by Sausage - Nosbaum&Reding, Luxembourg
2006
Manuel Ocampo - Nosbaum&Reding, Luxembourg
2005
Bastards of Misrepresentation - Palau Baró de Quadras, Barcelona
2004
Manuel Ocampo - Galeria Tomas March, Valencia
2003
The Inadequacy of the struggle against the inadequacy of the struggle - Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich
2002
Manuel Ocampo - Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Manuel Ocampo - Galerie Nathalie Obadia - Paris, Paris
Manuel Ocampo - "AN ALL OUT ATTEMP TAT TRANSCENDENCE" - Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main
2000
Manuel Ocampo - Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main
Manuel Ocampo - Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich
1998
Manuel Ocampo - Delfina Project Space, London
Manuel Ocampo - Yo también soy pintura - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC, Badajoz
1997
Manuel Ocampo - Heridas de la Lengua - Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, CA
1995
Manuel Ocampo - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC
1992
Manuel Ocampo / MATRIX 150 - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CA


GROUP

2015
Parallel Vienna 2015 - Parallel Vienna, Vienna
First Look: Collecting Contemporary At The Asian - Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s - Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA
Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s - Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
2014
35 Year Anniversary Show - At Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
Colonia Apocrifa - Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon
Existenzielle Bildwelten - Sammlung Reinking - Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
2013
Cold candy crush saga - ruhe im olymp - Hinterconti, Hamburg
El Intruso / E N T R E M E T I D O - Zn Gallery, Manila
Defile - Galleria Duemila, Pasay City
ON PAINTING - CEART - Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente, Madrid
Peinture extrême - Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Montreal, QC
Mais in deinem Früchtekorb - Galerie Zink - Berlin, Berlin
Version I - Zn Gallery, Manila
On Painting - Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
2012
Da solidão do lugar a um horizonte de fugas / From the solitude of place to a vanishing horizon - Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
7th Asia Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art (apt7) - Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Dieu Est Un Fumeur De Havanes - MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Transcultural narrations: paperworks - BUG - Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok
Flying - Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Manuel Ocampo / Paul Pretzer / Joachim Weischer - Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf
Narren. Künstler. Heilige - Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
Quiet Noise - H Gallery Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
Strip 2012 - Silverlens Gallery, Makati City
Sod Group Show - SOD Space of Drawings, Copenhagen
Alter Egos - Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York City, NY
Bastards Of Misrepresentation - Contemporary Art From Manila - H Gallery, Bangkok
Afraid To Be Good - LOSTprojects, Quezon City
2011
Hirschfaktor - Die Kunst des Zitierens - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Dublin Contemporary 2011 - Dublin Contemporary, Dublin
Trans–figuration - Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York City, NY
El Guernica: Deconstrucción - Ayala Museum, Makati City
The Possessed - Charlie Smith London, London
2010
Painting With a Hammer To Nail The Crotch Of Civilization - Manila Contemporary, Makati City
Inversion of the ideal - Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz
Stick with the enemy - Mo Space, Taguig City
She Awoke With A Jerk - Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NY
Another Nude Show - At Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
Le Meilleur des Mondes - MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Celebration - Collection du Frac Auvergne - FRAC - Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand
Selected works from the backroom - Mag:net Gallery - Ayala Avenue, Makati City
2009
Papier - Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main
Family Jewels - Villa Merkel - Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen
Slow Paintings - Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Sorry Friend, This Is Not Hemorrhoids ;-{o> - Finale Art File, Makati City
Angels & Demons - Michael Lett, Auckland
Exquisite Corpse or The Show that Curates Itself - Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Galleon Turd - Mag:net Gallery - Katipunan, Quezon City
The Making of Art - Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main
NEWAGERIOT - Country Club - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
CICLO KENNETH ANGER - Estrela Brilhante da Manhã - Bright Morning Star - Zè dos Bois, Lisbon
Antes de ayer y pasado mañana; o lo que puede ser pintura hoy - MACUF Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, A Coruña
Figuring the Times, Philippine Paintings 1996 -2009 A Selection from the Paulino Que Collection - Finale Art File, Makati City
Emotional Drawing - SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul
Rodolfo Bispo, Miguel Branco, Manuel Ocampo, Jean-Xavier Renaud - Entre Chien et Loup - Caroline Pagès Gallery, Lisbon
2008
Family Jewels - Bongoût Gallery, Berlin
Lost In Your Eyes - Columbia University, New York, New York City, NY
Emotional Drawings - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
DOMESTICOS E SELVAGENS - MCO ARTE CONTEMPORÂNEA, Porto
Inaugural Show Part 2 - Finale Art File, Makati City
Group Show - Galerie Nathalie Obadia - Bruxelles, Brussels
NAO TE POSSO VER NEM PINTADO - Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
A Perspective on Contemporary Art 6: Emotional Drawing - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
La dégelée Rabelais - FRAC - Languedoc-Roussilon, Montpellier
Pasións Privadas, Visións Públicas - MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo
Molluskkollektiv - Bongoût Gallery, Berlin
2007
Rooms, Conversations - FRAC - Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris
L'explosition - FRAC - Languedoc-Roussilon, Montpellier
Three Man Show - Mag:net Gallery - Katipunan, Quezon City
Die Kunst zu Sammeln - Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf
No System Can Give The Masses The Proper Social Graces - Firstdraft, Sydney, NSW
Each for oneself and God against all - Galería OMR, Mexico City
Dibujando - Adhoc Galeria, Vigo
2006
Collaborations of Manuel Ocampo Indiscreet Charm of the Burlesque Part 2 - Finale Art File, Mandaluyong City
Indiscreet Charm of the Burlesque Part I - Finale Art Gallery, Mandaluyong City
Collaborations of Manuel Ocampo Indiscreet Charm of the Burlesque Part I - Finale Art File, Mandaluyong City
Sound & Vision - Museo della Città, Perugia
Visual Politics - The Art of Engagement - American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC
Painting Codes - GC.AC - Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone
5 Stories High - Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, CA
Curro González & Manuel Ocampo. En el cielo no hay cerveza sin alcohol - Adhoc Galeria, Vigo
2005
Art of Engagement - Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Goetz Meets Falckenberg - Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
Baroque and Neobaroque / The Hell of the Beautifull - DA2 - Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca
Seducidos por el accidente - Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña
2004
1 Bienal Internacionál de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla - BIACS - Fundación Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Sevilla
Soleil Vert - Musse D’art Roger Quilliot, Clermont Ferrand
Gaston Damag & Manuel Ocampo - Nosbaum&Reding, Luxembourg
ARBEITEN AUF PAPIER / WORKS ON PAPER - Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich
Les conquérants, les exilés - Fonds d’Art moderne et contemporain - Espace Boris Vian, Montluçon
2003
Ten by Twenty - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Le Dernier Cri: Legendary Publishers of the International Underground - Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, CA
Western spaghetti - FRAC - Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand
TALKING PIECES - Text und Bild in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst - Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2002
French Collection - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
The Juxtapoz Eight Anniversary Art Show - Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, CA
Von ZERO bis 2002 - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Extranjeros - Los otros artistas españoles - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia
2001
49th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
les chiens andalous - Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, CA
2. Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst - 3. Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Vom Eindruck zum Ausdruck - Grässlin Collection - Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
Contemporary Devotion - San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2000
Salon - Delfina Project Space, London
Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000 - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
5e Biennale de Lyon - Partage d'exotismes - biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
L.A. Art in the Early 90s ReCharge ® The Gift of Eileen and Peter Norton - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Faith: The Impact of Judeo Christian Religion on Art at the Millinium - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
1999
First Annual Post-Impeachment - Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, CA
1998
Messages abroad - Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
Pop Surrealism - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
1997
2nd Gwangju Biennale - Unmapping The Earth - Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
A Lasting Legacy: Selections From The Lannan Foundation Gift - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
1996
Asia/America: Identities In Contemporary Asian American Art - MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
1994
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Manuel Ocampo - Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1992
documenta 9 - Documenta, Kassel
Helter Skelter: L.a. Art In The 1990s - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

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