Lesley-Anne Cao is a visual artist based in Quezon City, Philippines.

Her work is a series of processes and divergent practices that revolve around art-making, the exhibition, and fiction. Recent works use recognizable materials such as books, plants, debris, precious metals, and money, enacting displacements and substitutions by way of creating sets and narratives.

Cao holds a BFA from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts - Diliman. Recent exhibitions include The hand, the secretary, a landscape at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2018), a knowing intimacy or a life at the U.P. Vargas Museum (2019), and the New Cinema Competition program at the 15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in the UK (2019). She has been granted artist residencies in Taiwan and Finland and has also presented work in Australia, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.

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Exhibition History

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

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

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

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

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

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  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  Solo exhibition, The hand, the secretary, a landscape. Small Gallery and 4th Floor Atrium, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila.

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

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 Commissioned 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.


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 (presented 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


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

2017  Keelung Ciao, Keelung, Taiwan. Residency and production grant, in line 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 and Grants

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

2019  National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Manila : International travel grant

2018  Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila : Exhibition venue grant

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


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


Alain Zedrick Camiling, Would you dip in the sawsawan, too?, Art Plus Magazine, March 2020.

John Alexis Balaguer, More light than heat, ArtAsiaPacific Magazine Online, Oct - Nov 2019.

Zeny May Dy Recidoro, Interior Conversations I, Politics of Home, March 31, 2019.

Olivia Koh, Of sampaguita, ilang-ilang, Art and Australia Magazine (A+A Online), March, 28, 2019.

Lena Cobangbang, The 2018 Art Piece/s People Should Have Been Talking About, Diskurso Online Art Magazine, December 14, 2018.

Arianna Mercado, 'The Hand, The Secretary, A Landscape' at the CCP, The Philippine Star, June 25, 2018.

Zeny May Dy Recidoro, Solitary Work, June 25, 2018.

Gaby Gloria, Meet the 26-year-old who's currently holding a solo exhibition at the CCP, Young Star (The Philippine Star), June 13, 2018.

Javelyn Ramos, 4 young Filipino artists participate in Manila's Artery Mentorship Program, Art Radar Journal, May 12, 2014.


2020  Nothing to time, West Space Offsite: Issue 2: Points of Connection, edited by Andy Butler

2019  Subtitles or a love poem in plain language, Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art, December 2019 (Manila)

2017  A Stage, A Pool, Traffic Vol. 1, MIKI LTD. (Quezon City) and Project Space Pilipinas (Lucban, Quezon)

2017  What’s Left of It, Miles Villanueva Solo Exhibition Text, Pintô Art Museum, Antipolo City

2012  The Hundreds Project, U.P. Writers Club, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City