Manuel Ocampo, ‘Crucified  Monster’, 2003, Galerie Nathalie Obadia

About Manuel Ocampo

Manuel Ocampo composes his paintings using motifs from popular western iconography, religious symbols, Filipino kitsch, art history, and literature. He believes loaded images to be his tools as an artist—an idea that became manifest in his 2011 exhibition “The Painter’s Equipment.” Ocampo’s provocative works, which are associated with a grunge counter-culture movement, have been decried as controversial, blasphemous, and lewd. He explains: “The strong symbolism in my paintings is presented as empty signs. I want to push the conventions of painting to the point of ridicule…to go beyond thought.” Ocampo’s style is characterized by his use of coarse brushwork and use of vivid colors, in addition to his dark humor and often macabre subject matter. He deeply admires and often quotes Martin Kippenberger.

Filipino, b. 1965, Quezon City, Philippines, based in Quezon City, Philippines

Exhibition Highlights

2016
ARNDT, 
Singapore,
WASAK! RELOADED Group Exhibition of Filipino Art Today
2013
Galerie Laroche/Joncas, 
Montréal,

Group Shows

2017
2016
ARNDT, 
Singapore,
WASAK! RELOADED Group Exhibition of Filipino Art Today
2013
Galerie Laroche/Joncas, 
Montréal,

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Tyler Rollins Fine Art at Art Brussels 2017
2016
Tyler Rollins Fine Art at PULSE Miami Beach 2016
2015
Tyler Rollins Fine Art at Seattle Art Fair 2015
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