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Fiber Reinforced Plastic (24 pcs), light bulb, electrical wire
13 x 8 x 23 in • 33 x 20 x 58 cm each
Multiple Languages


Manila-born Filipino artist Leslie de Chavez is a young artist who cautiously deals with sensitive topics like cultural imperialism, colonial history, contemporary life, politics and religion in his country. He contemplates deeply about the significant function, influence and directivity of art in the society. Recognized for his distinguished talent and sensibility in painting, de Chavez casts bitter metaphors on the society he lives in, suggesting a response to realities through reconstruction and reinvention of narratives, issues, icons and symbols of the times. His value system about society and art is firm and clear. He invites introspection on reality through works that reflect hard work, passion, and a stand. Leslie de Chavez has held several solo exhibitions in the Philippines, China, Korea and Switzerland. He has also participated in several notable exhibitions and art festivals which include the 3rd Asian Art Biennale in Taiwan 2011, 3rd Nanjing Triennial in China 2008, First Pocheon Asia Biennale in South Korea 2007. He is the director of the artist-run initiative Project Space Pilipinas and is exclusively represented by Arario Gallery since 2006. 



2011 Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig

2010 Goethe Institute, Travel Grant (Art Forum 10), Berlin

Ateneo Art Awards, “Shattering States” (Prize Winner)

2007 Neo-Emerging Artists Residency, Dangsan Studio, Seoul

2005 IASK Goyang Art Studio, Asian Artists Fellowship Program

Beppu Asia Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005, Beppu Art Museum

2003 Metrobank Foundation Young Painters’ Annual (2nd Prize)

1999 Oblecine: Film and Video Art Festival, University of the Philippines (Honorable Mention)

UP President’s Committee on Culture and Arts, 1st Film and Video Art Festival (3rd Prize)

1998 UP President’s Committee on Culture and Arts, Most Outstanding Student Artist

Gawad Chancellor, Student Achiever for National Competitions, University of the Philippines




2014 (July), Arndt, Berlin

2013 Nameless Presence, Silverlens, Manila

2011 God Is Busy, Arario Gallery, Cheonan

2010 Buntong Hininga, Silverlens, Manila

2008 Banana Republic, Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich

2007 Red-eyed Brother, Arario Seoul, Seoul

Leslie de Chavez, Arario Beijing, Beijing

2006 Tropical Delight, Window Gallery, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul

Ichimaseyo (Do Not Forget Me), Goyang Art Studio Gallery

2004 San Ysidro Dismayado, Pahiyas Festival, Lucban, Quezon

2003 Bahid (Stain), Kulay Diwa Galleries, Manila



2014 Multiple Languages, Curated by Leslie de Chavez & Louise Marcelino, Silverlens, Manila

Complicated, with Mike Adrao and Ea Torrado, Lopez Museum, Manila

Unbearable Lightness of Being, Finale Art File Manila

Concurrence, West Gallery, Manila

Art Fair Philippines, Manila 

2013 No Random Nonsense, Boston Gallery, Manila

If the World Changed, Singapore Biennale 2013, Singapore

2012 Panorama: Recent Art from Contemporary Asia, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Artists With Arario 3, Arario Gallery, Cheongdam

Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

Art Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2011 3rd Asian Art Biennial: Meditation, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

Rundgang 2011, Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig

Self Camera: Repositioning Modern Self, Changwon Asian Art Festival

We Was There, Yuchengco Museum, Manila

ManilArt, Manila

Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

2010 Beacons of Archipelago, Arario Gallery, Cheonan

Nanjing Biennale, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing

Rainbow Asia, Seoul Art Center, Seoul

Collection Show 2010, Arario Gallery, Seoul

Reflections, Bupyeong Art Center, South

Artists With Arario, Arario Gallery, Cheonan

ManilArt, Manila, Philippines

Art Hong Kong 10, Hong Kong

2009 We Said Our Piece, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

Art Taipei, Taipei

Art Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2008 3rd Nanjing Triennial, Nanjing

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair, Miami

Kunst Art Fair, Zurich

ARCO Art Fair 2008, Madrid

2007 First Pocheon Asia Biennale, Pocheon, South

Art Beijing Art 2007, Beijing

First Asian Contemporary Art Fair (ACAF), New York

2006 Bikini in Winter, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul

2005 Beppu Asia Biennale of Contemporary Art, Beppu Museum

2003 Urbanisasyon, Kulay Diwa Galleries, Manila

Buklod, Kulay Diwa Galleries, Manila

2002 Recent Works, Kulay Diwa Galleries, Manila

Surface, Ayala Museum, Manila


2011 Collaborator, Southeast Asian Art Group Exchange Residency, Kuala Lumpur, Jogjakarta, Manila

Project Manager, We Was There, Yuchengco Museum

2010 Collaborator, Seoksu Art Project, Supplement Space Stone & Water, Anyang  

Project Manager, Reflections, Bupyeong Art Center, Incheon

2009 Project Manager, Plastic Syndrome, Artist Exchange & Exhibition, Art Space Plastic, Incheon

Project Coordinator, Artriangle, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2008 Project Coordinator, Tenggara: Recent Paintings from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Liverpool, UK

2007 Director, Project Space Pilipinas, Manila, Philippines (to date)

2005 Co-curator, First Dumaguete Open Biennial Terra Cotta Art Festival

2004 Assistant curator, In Memory of a Talisman: The Works of Santiago Bose 

2003 Curator, Urbanisasyon, Kulay Diwa Galleries, Manila


1999 University of the Philippines 

BFA in Painting, cum laude


Multiple Languages, 2014
Nameless Presence, 2013
Buntong Hininga, 2010

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