Manuel Ocampo is known for his frequent and strategic stylistic drifts in response to new contexts and subject matter.
His shows are often constructed around contradictory tendencies, elaborating discrepancies between what a painting appears to be and how it behaves in relation to the structures that legitimate its appearance. He always embraces sudden shifts of style and emphasis. He paints, but doubt is created as to whether any particular medium is the solution.
France-based Gaston Damag’s roots is the indigenous Ifugao, and he relates this to his investigation of the canonical representation of ethnographic objects.
He is noted for fusing ethnographic symbols of his material culture in the Cordillera region in the Northern Philippines along with diverse modern industrial materials such as steel, glass and neon lights to address the ways a non-western ethnic culture can navigate around a cultural perspective dominated by the West.