Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco, California. Born in Manila, Philippines, he migrated to the Los Angeles area at 10 years of age and relocated to San Francisco to attend college. He holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Stanford University.
Arcega works across media to create art that is informed by language, history, and geography. Though socio-political critique, his work provides familiar entry points to alternative ways of thinking about the people who colonize the landscape. His work has been exhibited at venues including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Asian Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Cue Arts Foundation, and the Asia Society in New York among many others.
Arcega’s work has been discussed in publications including Art Forum, The New York Times, Art Practical, Art News, X-TRA, SF Chronicle, Artweek, Art Papers, and Flash Art among others. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, Artadia grant, Joan Mitchell MFA Award, Murphy Cadogan Fine Arts Fellowship, among others. He has been an artist in residence at the 18th Street Art Center, Montalvo Arts Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fountainhead Residency, Artadia Residency at the ISCP, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Al Riwak Art Space in Bahrain, and the Recology Artist Residency Program. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, California where he is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University.