Michael Arcega

b. 1973, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in San Francisco, CA

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Michael Arcega works with a wide range of materials and creates sculptures and installations that are informed by historical narratives, sociopolitical dynamics, and power relations. His work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Arcega received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from Stanford University, and currently is a faculty member at San Francisco State University. He is the Recipient of an Artadia grant, Joan Mitchell MFA Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship.

Installation views of Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2017. Photos by JKA Photography.

Work of art in the exhibition:
The Enchanted, 2017
Wood, silicone, vellum, lights, and other mixed media
48 x 36 x 192 in.
The artist is represented by Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA.


Haptic Encounter Video

Haptic Encounters is a collaborative project with writer and professor Georgina Kleege that investigates how tactile and kinesthetic explorations of works of art can engage all visitors with the possibilities for appreciating art through a non-visual sense.


Michael Arcega was inspired by the folktale The Enchanted Island.”