NILO ILARDE graduated from University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts with Bachelor in Fine Arts majoring in Painting. Since 1978 to date, Ilarde has participated in various group exhibitions, and mounted his solo exhibitions in numerous venues in the Philippines.
From 1984 to 1985 Ilarde was the exhibition director of Pinaglabanan Galleries in San Juan, Manila; and since 1980 till now he has been actively working as a guest curator and curator of various exhibitions at Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, West Gallery, Finale Art Gallery, and many others. Nilo Ilarde was the recipient of Commended-Young Arts in Asia Now (1980) from Hong Kong Art Center, and Winner-Painting Category (1981) from Art Association of the Philippines. Nilo Ilarde lives and works in Manila, Philippines.