Lesley-Anne Cao is a visual artist based in Quezon City, Philippines. Her practice is a series of divergent processes that explore the interplay of materiality, exhibition making, and fiction. Her work makes use of recognizable materials — books, plants, debris, precious metals, and money — towards the actualization and presentation of fictional objects and environments.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021   A song plays from another room, MO_Space, Taguig City.

2021   Hard and soft prayers, The Drawing Room Gallery, Makati City.

2018   The hand, the secretary, a landscape. Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila.



EXHIBITION HISTORY

2021   Last Words, ROH Projects, Jakarta, Indonesia.

2021   Cast But One Shadow, University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, Quezon City. curated by Kathleen Ditzig and Carlos Quijon, Jr.

2021   No More Mesmerizations, Bangkok Biennial 2020/1 — Manila/Online Pavilion. curated by Vincent Ardidon.

2020   I’m finding it hard to believe, Modeka Art Space, Makati City. curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana.

2020   Florae – The Women Artists : The Special Project for MSAC 10th Anniversary III, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan.

2020   Issue 2: Points of Connection, West Space Offsite (Online Program), West Space, Melbourne, Australia. edited by Andy Butler.

2020   Jack of Golds, Blanc Gallery, Quezon City.

2020   this walk, a hunt; this path, a quarry. Artinformal Gallery, Makati City. curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana.

2020   3rd Kamias Triennial: Sawsawan in the Dirty Kitchen. Kamias Special Projects, Quezon City. curated by Patrick Cruz, Su-ying Lee, Allison Collins.

2019   a knowing intimacy or a life. University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, Quezon City. curated by Carlos Quijon, Jr.  

2019   To give a moment a name (with Derek Tumala and Katherine Nuñez). The Drawing Room, Makati City. curated by Con Cabrera.

2019   Courses of Action. Goethe-Institut Hong Kong and Para Site, Hong Kong. curated by Carlos Quijon, Jr.

2019   More light than heat (with Lao Lianben). Calle Wright, Manila.

2019   City of Bawal. 1335Mabini, Makati City. curated by Roy Voragen.

2019   Of sampaguita, ilang-ilang (with MJ Flamiano and Czar Kristoff). c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia.

2019   A Public Collection of the Hidden but Familiar. Limbo, Makati City. curated by Tropikalye (Nice Buenaventura).

2018   Fieldnotes. Makiling Botanic Gardens and Nomina Nuda, Los Baños, Laguna. curated by Nomina Nuda and Para://Site Projects.

2018   Spin Cycle. 25 Humabon Street, Magallanes Village, Makati City. curated by Kiat Kiat Projects.

2018   Quid Pro Quo. Bangkok Biennial, Bangrak Market, Bangkok, Thailand. curated by Liv_id Collective and Alice Sarmiento.

2018   100 Films for One Hundred Years: Hidden Cinema. Ayala Museum, Makati City. curated by Nick Deocampo.

2018   Yielding Nodes.  Silang, Cavite. curated by Para://Site Projects.

2018   Composite Circuits. Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, Makati City. curated by Dayang Yraola.

2018   To eat is to survive to be hungry. Mabini Projects, Manila. curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana.

2017   The Arm (with Itos Ledesma). 98B Collaboratory, Manila.

2017   Parle pas français, merci. Corredor Gallery, U.P. College of Fine Arts, Quezon City.

2017   D. Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, Makati City. curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana.

2015   PaperViews15: Rapid Cycling. Project Space Pilipinas, Lucban, Quezon.

2015   Nonfiction (with Lou Lim and Issay Rodriguez). Project 20, Quezon City.

2015   Bull in the Heather. Art Center / Galerie Anna, Mandaluyong City. curated by Lena Cobangbang.

2015   REPULSE. MAKNA Seni Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia. curated by Asep Topan.

2015   Preview Magazine 20th Anniversary Exhibition. Green Sun, Makati City. curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana.

2015   Pop+art: Productions. Artery Art Space, Quezon City.

2015   Project Bakawan Arts Festival. U.P. Diliman, Quezon City.

2015   SiLab: Sining Laboratoryo Arts Festival. U.P. Los Baños, Laguna.

2014   Unisex. Artery Art Space, Quezon City.

2014   Luminescence. Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila.

2014   Objection. PAN /// Project Space, 98B Collaboratory, Manila. curated by Asep Topan.

2013   Je ne sais pas encore, exactament. École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.

2013   Thin Skinned. Light and Space Contemporary, Quezon City.

2012   Being. Sining Kamalig, Quezon City.

2010   Y. Sining Kamalig, Quezon City. curated by Nestor Vinluan.

2009   Tagsibol. National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Manila. curated by Jonathan Olazo.



SCREENINGS

2019   15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, The Maltings Theatre, Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK

2019   19th Seoul International New Media Festival, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea

2019   Asian Artist Moving Image Platform: 2nd Curatorial Forum (presented by Los Otros), Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus, Seoul, South Korea

2019   2nd Hobiennale (program by recess), Cinema One, Hobart, Tasmania

2019   .giff Festival of New Cinema (with Los Otros), Warehouse Eight, Makati City

2018   Lost Frames XI: Pasinaya Open House Festival, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

2017   Lost Frames VII, Catch272, Quezon City



RESIDENCIES & GRANTS

2019   Örö Residency Programme, Örö, Finland — Residency and production grant, with exhibition We Meet at the Seaside, Dalsbruk, Finland, curated by Erica Yu Wen Huang and Nina-Maria Oförsagd

2017   Keelung, Taiwan — Residency and production grant, with Keelung Ciao exhibition curated by Yi-Hsuan Kuo and Erica Yu Wen Huang

2014   Artist Mentorship Program (Mentee), Artery Art Space, Quezon City



AWARDS / GRANTS

2019   New Cinema Competition - Shortlist, 15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK

2019   Fernando Zóbel Prize for Visual Art - Shortlist, Ateneo Art Awards 2019

2019   National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Manila — International travel grant (for Of sampaguita, ilang-ilang)

2018   Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila — Exhibition grant (for The hand, the secretary, a landscape)

2013   University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts - École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Exchange Program — Scholarship grant



EDUCATION

2014   Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Painting), University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts - Diliman

2014   International exchange scholar, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France