Manuel Ocampo ~ Tattoo Flash (Painter's grave, Irving, Studio Mate...
Tattoo Flash (Painter's grave, Irving, Studio Mate, Busted, This is not a pipe, Mother, Beuyz in da hood),1997
Acrylic on illustration board
15 x 20 inches
Signed: Mojo, Manila
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Manuel Ocampo (b. 1965 Philippines) currently lives and works in Manila, Philippines and in Luxembourg. Ocampo has been a vital presence on the international art scene for over twenty years and is now the most internationally active contemporary artist from the Philippines. Ocampo’s first solo show, 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 legendary exhibition Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1992). Ocampo is 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 combined 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.