b. 1973, Manila, Philippines
Argie Bandoy was born in 1973 in Manila, Philippines. Upon graduating from the University of the East, College of Fine Arts, Manila, Bandoy established his presence in the local art community as a painter whose nihilistic gestural abstractions and figurations continue to challenge the norm; both in the experiments he did in the painting process, and the philosophical and intellectual discussion brought up by his selection of subject matters and fierce methods of execution.
Bandoy’s raw and free-spirited attitude owed its root to the underground music scene and movement; with experimentation, the Beat Boys, Americana hardcore, surf trash, garage and new age philosophy as his influence. Bandoy is a recipient of an artist residency at Big Sky Mind Artists Project Foundation (2004-2005) and TARP, TAKSU KL, Malaysia (Jan-March 2011).
Bandoy has participated in several group shows including Freies Museum Berlin, Germany; TATE Modern London, UK; Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila, Philippines; MOP Gallery 1 Sydney, Australia; National Museum, Philippines; Cultural Center of the Philippines; and Hong Kong Cultural Center among others. He had collaborated with critically acclaimed Filipino-American painter Manuel Ocampo for an exhibition at Green Papaya Art Projects entitled ‘Problem with Styles’ (2008). Since 2004 to date, Bandoy has mounted nine solo exhibitions at Mo Space, Manila; Finale Art Gallery, Makati; Nova Gallery, Makati; Mag:net Gallery, Makati City; Pablo Gallery The Fort, and UFO Gallery San Juan, Manila, Philippines. SNUFF: New Paintings by Argie Bandoy, will be his first solo exhibition outside of the Philippines. Bandoy currently lives and works in Manila.