Olazo, Jonathan

  • Works
  • Biography

Cupful of Nujabes at Cafe Mare Silencio

Found the Meaning of a Name: Desire the Helmet

Painting a Phrase and a Spektor Song and a Gabriel Cover: Après Moi, Le Déluge

After the Flood

Pain Tings and Paint Things and Faith on Wings

Something Interesting Happened on My Way to the Exposition, I Saw Vocables Graffitied on the Wall: Le Née Non Rob Redux! Le Née Non Rob Redux!


Don Juan Makes a Kafkaesque Machine to Fight Wiz

Three Orbits + Waxing Longing + Marking Days

Quiet Ladder and Haystack

Filipino Bone under a rainbow

The Bacon Arena

Elevators and Labyrinths

Johnny Marr Made a Painting

Wisdom of Fathers

Red Genealogy


Selected One-Man Exhibitions
‘The Icarus is Lovesick (ILS) 3: The Salon Painter and Morandi’s Still Life,’ The Drawing Room, Makati, 2019
‘The ILS 2: Notes on Rebus,’ Underground Gallery, Makati, 2019
‘Me, Cy and M. Chagall Down by the Schoolyard,” West Gallery, QC, 2019
‘Paragon Parergon,’ The Drawing Room, 2018
Untitled, TDR (The Drawing Room), Escolta, 2017
‘Attachments / Zero Negotiations’, The Drawing Room, 2017
‘Icarus is Lovesick Studio (ILS)’, Mo_Space, 2016
‘Studio’, West Gallery, 2015
‘Seeds from the Clipboard’, Finale, 2015
‘Children and the Weight of Expectation’, Galleria Duemila, 2015
‘Paintings on the Wall, Paintings on the Floor’, Now Gallery, 2014
‘The Hotel Painter’, Manila Contemporary, 2013
‘Dionysian Johnesian’, Paseo Gallery, 2011
‘Answers Where Poetry Does Not Exist’, White Box Studio, 2009
‘Designer Emo for the Pseudo Tortured Soul’, West Gallery, 2009
‘The Ballad Phantasmagoria by Judas Bear Loves Über Bear’, Mo_space, 2009
‘Tattoo and Catastrophe’, Drawing Room, 2008
‘Memoir’, Project Room, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2007
‘Utterance in Times of Woe and Celebration’, Green Papaya Projects, 2006
‘The Last Mojo Show’, West Gallery, 2006
‘Crime and Decoration’, Crucible Gallery, 2005
‘Dream World Club Manifesto’, West Gallery, 2004
‘Don Juan Manifestos/Don Juan Variations’, Finale Art Gallery, 2003
‘Touch’, Finale Art Gallery, 1997
‘Moon Paintings’, Finale Art Gallery, 1995
‘Crisis Paintings’, Crucible Gallery, 1995
‘About Flowers: Four Artists in Conversation’, Lopez Museum, 1995
‘Idiot Paintings’, Finale Art Gallery, 1994
‘Saved Paintings’, Dirty Room 2, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, 1994
‘The Reconciliation’, Finale Gallery, 1992-93
‘Guise and Disguise’, Museum Hallway, Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1987
Selected Group Exhibitions
‘HappySeventh,’ Underground Gallery
‘Notions,’ Galeria Duemila, 2021
‘Loft 01,’ The Drawing Room
‘In Celebration of Creativity: A Homage to Junyee,’ Altro Mondo, 2021
‘Shit Show,’ Vinyl on Vinyl, 2021
‘End of the Spectrum,’ West Gallery, 2021
‘Dialogues,’ Art Anton, 2019
‘Two Sides to Every Story,’ Provenance Gallery, 2019
‘Future Present,’ Mono 8, Manila, 2019
‘Die Monster Die!” Pinto Gallery, Antipolo, 2019
‘An Italian in Manila,’ Galeria Duemila, Pasay, 2018
‘Alternative Fallacies,” Gallery 1, West Gallery, QC, 2018
‘No Empty Chair,” Drawing Room, Karrivin Plaza, 2018
‘The Absence of a Plan is Itself A Plan,” Mo_Space, BGC, NCR, 2018
‘Himmel über them lonesome cities,” 1335 Mabini, Karrivin Plaza, Makati, NCR, 2018
‘The Tale of the String,’ Art Anton, S Maison Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, 2017
‘My City, My SM, My Art,’ Events Center, SM City Lipa, 2017
‘The Old, the New, and the Different,’ Underground Gallery, 2017
‘Representations’, 1335 Mabini, Mabini Street, Manila, NCR, 2017
‘RSVP Please’, Underground Gallery, Makati Cinema Square, Makati, NCR, 2016
‘Working Title’, Provenance Gallery, Shangri-la at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City, 2016
‘Papers and Layers,’ PAP group exhibit, CCP, 2016
‘They Speak to You by Association’, Galleria Duemila, 2016
‘Material Witnesses’, Taksu Gallery, Singapore, 2016
‘I Reject Your Reality I Substitute My Own’, Vinyl on Vinyl, Pasong Tamo, Makati, 2016
‘Interruptions’, Liongoren Gallery, Cubao, Metro Manila, 2015
‘Bloodlines,’ Galerie Anna, SM Megamall, 2015
‘Four Tables & A Shelf’, Art Fair Philippines, The Link, Makati, 2015
‘Slippery Surfaces’, Taksu Gallery, Singapore, 2014
‘Imaging Philippine Flora, 1877 to the Present’, Tall Galleries, Metropolitan Museum, Manila, 2014 - 2015
‘CCP Anniversary Print Folio Exhibit’, Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2014
‘What does it all matter, as long as the wounds fit the arrows?’ A Tribute to Roberto Chabet, Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2014
‘Margin of Error’, Philippines Hall, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Magsasay, University of the Philippines, 2014 – with Jake Salvador, Jelai Averilla, Yan Abeledo, curated by Ling Quisimbing for MFA class under MFA Program, University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, Diliman
‘Kandinsky’, J Studio, Taguig, 2014 – curated by Ling Quisimbing Ramilo, with Ling Quisimbing Ramilo, Ambie Abano, Agnes Arellano, Alwin Reamilo, Anton del Castillo, Reg Yuson, Tina Fernandez, Datu Arellano . . .
‘No Title Yet 2014’, Art Informal, 2014 – curated by Nilo Ilarde, with Argie Bandoy, Pablo Biglang-awa, Gino Bueza, Pete Jimenez, Poch Naval, Lubin Nepomuceno, Bernardo Pacquing, Jojo Serrano, Junjun Sta. Ana, Gerardo Tan, Alvin Villaruel, Paseo Gallery Booth at Art Fair Philippines, 2014, The Link, Makati – with Romulo Olazo, Michael Cacnio . . .
Manila Contemporary Booth at Manila Art Fair NCCA (National Commission on Culture and Arts), 2013, at SM Aura, Taguig – with Arturo Luz, Elaine Navas, Joseph Tecson
‘Placebo Paintings’, Galleria Duemila, 2013, Pasay, with Ronald Achacoso, Felix Bacolor, RM de Leon, Raul Rodriguez, Trek Valdizno
‘Anyare – Department of Studio Arts Faculty Exhibition’, The Corredor Gallery, College of Fine Arts University of the Philippines, 2013 – with Benjie Cabangis, Roberto Feleo, Katti Sta. Ana, Rey Concepcion, Grandier Bella, Riza Romero, Leo Abaya, Ling Quisimbing-Ramilo, Nestor Vinluan
‘Abstraction is Homeless’, Manila Contemporary, 2012 - with Bernardo Pacquing, Johnny Alcazaren, Argie Bandoy
‘Untitled Terrain’, Now Gallery, 2011- with Reg Yuson
‘Drawing/Painting’, R.M. de Leon, Raul Rodriguez, Ronald Achacoso, Trek Valdizno, Jonathan Olazo, Galleria Duemila, Manila, 2009
‘Fiction/Non-Fiction’, R.M. de Leon, Jonathan Olazo, Galleria Duemila, Manila, 2008
‘Comfort Paintings’, Jes Evangelista, Jucar Raquepo, Jonathan Olazo, Renaissance Gallery, Manila, 2008
‘Pure Hybrids/Normal Aberrations’, Kiri Dalena, Ronn de la Cruz, Pete Jimenez, Jose Guillermo Naval, Jucar Raquepo, Raul Rodriguez, Jonathan Roson, Alvin Villaruel, Whitebox Studio, Manila, Philippines, 2008
ANNIVERSARY SHOW Renaissance Gallery, SM Megamall Art Center, 2008
‘Figuring’, RM de Leon and Jonathan Olazo, Galeria Duemila, Manila, Philippines, 2007
‘Destroy All Monsters’, Ronald Achacoso, Alex Aguilar, Dodo Dayao, Omar Taleon, Jonathan Olazo, Cris Villanueva, West Gallery, Manila, Philippines, 2007
‘The Long Goodbye’, curated by Roberto Chabet, Magnet Gallery, Manila, Philippines, 2006
‘Olazo and Olazo’, Galeria Duemila, Manila, Philippines, 2006
‘The Blank Show’, curated by Roberto Chabet, West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines, 2006
‘Objects Thrown From One Place to Another’, curated by Roberto Chabet, Theo Gallery, Manila, Philippines, 2005
‘Picture This’, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines, 2005
‘Cancelled Metaphors’, curated by Roberto Chabet, Artcenter, Megamall, Manila, Philippines, 2004
‘Jayson Oliveria/Jonathan Olazo’, Tetra Art Space/Wald Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan, 2004
‘Sedimentation of the Mind is a Jumbled Museum’, curated by Nilo Ilarde, Jorge V. Vargas Museum, 2004
Selected Articles
‘Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City: Conceptual and Contemporary Art in the Ateneo Art Gallery Collection’, online article featuring Jonathan Olazo’s painting; “Untitled 5”, https://lakansining.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/katipunan-avenue-quezon-city-conceptual-and-contemporary-art-in-the-ateneo-art-gallery-collection/
“Showstopper”, And So It Is, George Sison, Lifestyle, pg. E4, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 9 October 2016
“The Anti-Minimalist Olazo, Why Jonathan Olazo and his father Romulo Olazo are completely different artists,” Jasmine Agnes T. Cruz and Pinggot Zulueta, May 9, 2016, 2016
“Jonathan Olazo Quantum Eyes,” Filipina Lippi, March 30, 2015, Manila Bulletin, 2015
“Jonathan Olazo Cracks the Whip,” Cid Reyes, Philippines Daily Inquirer, Octber 20, 2014
“Splatter Analysis and a Determined Frenzy,” Jose Santos Ardevilla, 2014
“Liminality of Space,” Notes on the Exhibition for “Margin of Error,” Lisa Ito, 2014
“The Infinite Possibilities of Young Olazo’s Abstract Art,” Filipina Lippi, 2013
“Jonathan Olazo: Of Dialogue, Exploration, and Gestures,” Pam Brooke A. Casin, 2013
“Unpuzzling the Johnsian in Jonathan Olazo,” Cid Reyes, Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 4, 2011
Notes on exhibition at Mo_, Ronald Achacoso, 2009
‘GNITNIAP’, Siddharta Perez, 2008
‘Examining Nostalgia’ Nina Terol, 2007
‘Memoir’, Lena Cobangbang, 2007
‘Olazo and Olazo’, Alice Guillermo, 2006
‘Brave New Conservative’, Joselina Cruz, 1997
Catalogue for 13 Artists Awards, Ana Labrador, 1994
‘Almost Invincible’, Talitha Espiritu, 1992
‘Should God be the Subject Matter of Art’, Santiago Pilar, 1991
Voted Artist of the Year with Rey Halili, Art Manila Newspaper Awards, 2003
Artist’s Residency by an independent curator Mizuki Endo, Fukuoka, Japan, 2004
CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Thirteen Artists’ Awardee, 1994
PAP (Philippine Association of Printmakers), Graphic Arts Competition, Grand prize, 1987
AAP (Art Association of the Philippines) Open Competition for Graphic Arts, 3rd prize, 1986
Work Experience
Gallery Director, National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) Gallery, National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), Intramuros, Manila, NCR, 2009
Lecturer, Department of Studio Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, NCR, 2008 - 2017
Selected Commissioned Work: oil &/or acrylic on canvas works
Private residence, Magallanes Village, Makati, 2017
Shangri-La the Fort, BGC (Bonifacio Global City), Taguig, Metro Manila, 2016
Urban Hotel and Skyline Hotel, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, Singapore
Mural Painting, ABS-CBN TV channel, 1998
Selected Curatorial Work
‘Olazo Large-Scale,’ Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2017
‘Thesis Works Exhibition,’ UP College of Fine Arts, 2017
‘Circle’, National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) Gallery, 2016
Thirteen Artists’ Awardee exhibition, curator and art critic/writer for the exhibit’s catalogue (Curator’s notes and about each artist), CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines), Roxas Boulevard, Manila, 2015.
Manilart’ 15, contemporary art fair in the Philippines, SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City, NCR, 2015
‘Bastion,’ a group exhibition of students of Jonathan Olazo in the UP College of Fine Arts, Erehwon Gallery, 2015
Manilart’ 14, contemporary art fair in the Philippines, SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City, NCR, 2014
‘Bayan ni Nanding Versus the Postmodern World,’ Manila Contemporary, 2009.
Ateneo Art Awards, 2017
Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) Competition, 2016
Selected Writing Commissions
Various writing projects and notes about individual artists and their work (for exhibition panel/ brochure text/ press release): Nilo Ilarde, Pete Jimenez, Michelle Perez, Monica Delgado, Atsuko Yamagata, Mawen Ong, Pardo de Leon, Cocoy Lumbao, Lec Cruz, Soler Santos
Text for the website of Underground gallery, Makati Cinema Square, 2016
Curator’s notes and review of each awarded artist, Thirteen Artists’ Awardee catalogue, CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines), Roxas Boulevard, Manila, 2015.
Essay in “OLAZO,” Book about Romulo Olazo, Paseo Gallery and AZOOL Inc., 2014.
Essay in “Roberto Chabet,” monograph, King Kong Art Projects Unlimited, 2015.
Catalogue in “Chabet 50 Years,” a collection of Catalogues, King Kong Art Projects Unlimited, 2013.
Essay in brochure, “Slippery Surfaces,” Taksu Gallery, Singapore, 2014
Exhbition text, “Adaptations of a Strange Case,” group show of UP College of Fine Arts students, NCCA Gallery, 2014
Exhibition text, press releases, and essays in brochures or catalogues, of various solo and group exhibitions for various galleries: West Gallery, NCCA Gallery, Manila Contemporary, MoSpace, Art Informal, Finale, Blanc, Underground, Paseo Gallery, Provenance Gallery and Galerie Y.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Painting, University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 1987-1992

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