Manuel Ocampo, ‘Untitled (from the series “Following the demon of the fatally ingested revolt of deviation”)’, 2013, 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

Solo Shows

2016
Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, 
Copenhagen,
MANUEL OCAMPO - Sweating the Green-Bird Parrot Out
2013
Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, 
Copenhagen,
MANUEL OCAMPO - Monument to the Pathetic Sublime

Group Shows

2017
Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, 
Copenhagen,
Material Matters
2017
2016
ARNDT, 
Singapore,
WASAK! RELOADED Group Exhibition of Filipino Art Today
2013
Galerie Laroche/Joncas, 
Montréal,
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