Renato Orara


Born in the Philippines. Lives and works in New York.

Solo/Two–person Exhibitions

Renato Orara, Project space, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY

Marked Bills, Project space, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY
Library Bookworks. exhibition/hidden installation. (Solo exhibition), Slab Gallery, Manila, Philippines

An Iraq Memorial and other works. (Solo exhibition), Leo Fortuna Gallery, Hudson, NY

Ten Thousand Things that Breathe, (Solo exhibition), Dominique Fiat Gallery, Paris, France

OSP Gallery, (Two-person exhibition), Boston, MA

Dedication/Association, (Two-person exhibition), Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

Hosfelt Gallery, (Solo exhibition), San Francisco, CA

Palo Alto Cultural Center, (Solo exhibition), Palo Alto, CA

Asian Tour: Ten Thousand Things That Breathe, (Solo exhibition), Nielsen Hayes Library, Bangkok, Thailand;St. Luke's Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Group Exhibitions

Thrice Upon a Time, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Trends in Paper Works, Gallery I, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Microwave six, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY
Oeuvres en Papier, Dominique Fiat Gallery. Paris, France

From a Drawing Standpoint, Leo Fortuna Gallery, Hudson, NY
FIAC, Dominique Fiat Gallery, Paris, France
Aqua Art Fair, OSP Gallery, Miami, FL
Art Brussels, Dominique Fiat Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Moment by Moment, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
Starting at the Edge, Mushroom Arts, New York, NY

September 11, 1973, Orchard Gallery, New York, NY
Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY The College of Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY
Art Basel 2005, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Small Works. Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
L'intime, Behind Closed Doors, La Maison Rouge, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France
Initial Encounters, curated by The Drawing Center, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY
Intensive Care, Alon Segev Gallery, Tel–Aviv, Israel
On Paper, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY

Meditation of the Hand, The Buddhism Project. Salena Gallery, LIU Brooklyn Campus, NY

Taking Form, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA
The Drawing Room, Travelling Gallery Autumn 2002 Tour, Scotland, UK
Realistic Means, Winter Selections, Drawing Center, New York, NY

Chicago Art Fair. Hosfelt Gallery, Chicago, IL

Other Presentations

On the Table, a do-it yourself program created in collaboration with The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Embodied Reasonableness and the Aesthetic Dimension of Experience, paper presented by Mara Buenaseda, Minding the Body Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY

Library Bookworks, a hidden installation, 12 libraries throughout the Philippines
20x20x5, Pecha Kucha series, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
BookWorks, Lecture and installation. McNally Robinson Bookstore, New York, NY

Corporate Collections, Deitch Projects, NY

Flat Files, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Tomorrow, Today: Contemporary Art from the Singapore Art Museum, 2009-2011 Catalogue, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

Compass in Hand: Selections From the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

An Iraq Memorial. Exhibition catalogue with an essay by Luis Camnitzer. Leo Fortuna Gallery. Hudson, NY. Dec

Initial Encounters. The Arts Center of the Capital Region. Troy, New York. March.

2002 Realistic Means. The Drawing Center's Drawing Papers. Vol. 28. New York. March.

Ten Thousand Things That Breathe: The Ballpoint Pen Drawings of Renato Ortega. Korinsha Press & Co. Ltd., Kyoto, Japan.


Belgique: Le rendes-vous des collectionneurs, Le Journal des Arts, May

Pam Barrett–Fender, Crossing the Line, MetroLand, April, p. 31

Timothy Cahill, Exhibits Show Lines that Divide Drawing and Art. Times Union, NY, May

Holland Cotter, Meditaton for the Hand, The New York Times, 19 September, p. E39

Carina Evangelista, Renato: Ten Thousand Things that Breathe (The Drawing Center: Winter Selections 2002), ArtManila, Vol. 3, No. 9

Edward Sozanski. Ordinary Becomes Aesthetic. The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 11

Catherine Zoepf. Realistic Means. Contemporary, May, p. 102

Reena Jana, Renato at Hosfelt Gallery. Asian Art News, July/August, p. 77

Frank Cebulski, Renato at the Palo Alto Cultural Center, Artweek, December, p. 14

Jack Fisher, Tunnel Visions an Inspiration, San Jose Mercury News, November 1, p. 2G

Naomi Coke, With a Ballpoint Pen and Paper Bag..., The Daily Yomiuri, Japan, June 2, p. 7

Lecomte, Stéphane. Renato Orara, Ten Thousand Things that Breathe. Paris Art. Paris, France

Lourd Ernst deVeyra, Zen and the Art of Ballpoint Pen Meditation, Today. Philippines, April 14, p.4

Merwyn de Mello and Patrice Van Hyle, Ten Thousand Things That Breathe: Interview. Asia Focus, April 26, p. 8

Alice Guillermo, Art from a Ballpoint Pen. The Philippine Star. April 1, p. 18

Naomi Hosoda, Life in Ordinary Things: Ten Thousand Things in Ballpoint Pen Drawings. The Daily Manila Shimbun, April 17, p. 8

William Marazzi, Zen and the Art of Renato Ortega. Living in Thailand, April, p. 54

Jaime Biron Polo, Shading Ortega's Ballpoint Pen Drawings. The Evening Paper, Philippines, April 21, p. 19


The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Grant

1999 AT&T Art Fellowship Award
Djerassi Resident Artists Program

1998 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Grant
Ucross Foundation Artist Residency


The Cartin Collection, Hartford, CT
The Daled Collection, Brussels, Blegium
The Echavarria Collection, Colombia
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
RxArt, New York, NY
Singapore Art Museum


The New Yorker | 2008
microwave, six | September 2008

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