Lizza May David



Visual artist Lizza May David (*1975, Quezon City, Philippines) is current fellow of the Graduate School of the Arts/ University of Arts Berlin. She studied Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and Visual Communication/Media Art at the University of Arts Berlin. Much of her previous work stems from her biography and investigates issues of identity, labor/migration and memory. Her paintings today reflect her contextual artistic disposition, understanding the canvas as a sensorium for subjective and collective issues.

1975       Born in Quezon City, Philippines

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

1999          Fine Arts | École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon | France
2000         Fine Arts | Class of Prof. Rolf-Gunter Dienst | Academy of Fine Arts | Nuremberg | Germany
2006         Media Arts | University of Arts | Berlin | Germany (Meisterschüler 2008)

Solo shows

Mangrove. Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Germany


Umwelt. Galeria Duemila, Manila, Philippines


Tabula Rasa. 1335mabini Studios, Manila, Philippines
Artist Unknown. Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines


On Surface. Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila, Philippines


The Model Family Award. Galerie Metro, Berlin, Germany

Group shows and screenings (selection)

Never Shown on Purpose. Circle1, Berlin, Germany

They have come to escort me on the dangerous pathway of the intermediate state. Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (AMNUA), China (video screening, invited by J&K)

Graduale 16: No new kind of Duck. Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, Berlin, Germany
Abortion of Cute. 8.Salon, Hamburg, Germany
TRIAS. NON Berlin, Germany (weekly solo-exhibition series)
Don´t Panic It´s Organic,Galerie Zimmermann-Kratochwill,Graz, Austria
Topsy Turvy. Finale Art File, Manila, Philippines
Electric Bulalo: Painting in Exile. Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, Manila, Philippines


UGAT-AGOS. NON Berlin, Germany
STOP LOOK LISTEN. 1335mabini, Manila, Philippines
Exoten-AdAptation_AdOption. WARP, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Contemporary Transnational Journeys and Liaisons. Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines
Cycles of Care - screening. W3, Hamburg, Germany
Mai im Januar. Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany


IWF Mördertreff. Spor Klübü, Berlin, Germany
They have come to escort me on the dangerous pathway of the intermediate state. Power Station of Art, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark (video screening, invited by J&K)
PRO TEST SONG TEST. Litmus Community Space, Seoul (artist group Global Alien), South-Korea
Kunst ist keine Privatmeinung. Zimma, Berlin, Germany (duo, with Alexandra Hopf)
They have come to escort me on the dangerous pathway of the intermediate state. Power Station of Art. Shanghai (video screening, invited by J&K)
Die Ästhetik des Widerstands. Galerie im Turm, Berlin, Germany
Brave New Worlds. Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines
Die Ästhetik des Widerstands. IG BILDENDE KUNST, Vienna,  Austria


Collective Diary. Space Mass, Seoul
Cold candy crush saga. Hinterconti, Hamburg, Germany
The Oracle: What is your prophecy for the future?. The Wand, Berlin, Germany
Defile. Galeria Duemila, Manila, Philippines
TEXT. tête, Berlin, Germany
YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT. Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila, Philippines
Migration/ Integration/ Diversity. Galerie “Zwischenraum”, Heinrich Böll Stiftung


Rebus New York | Emely Harvey Foundation | New York (artist group Global Alien)
Compounds of a Prism | another vacant space | Berlin | Germany
Hauser XI | LOFT | Ansbach | Germany
Scrutiny Mutiny | Gartenstudio | Berlin | Germany


Being on the move: Reflections on migration | Litmus Community Space | Seoul | South-Korea
nothing2declare | Blanc Compound | Manila | Philippines
ENDLOS UMSTRITTEN, EWIG SCHÖN | D21 Kunstraum Leipzig | Germany
TOUCH ME | Hiraya Gallery | Manila | Philippines
the power to host | iscp | New York | USA (artist group Global Alien)
The American Dream | Gallery Homeland | Portland | Oregon | USA (artist group Global Alien)
Mothering, Domestic and Private | Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien | Berlin | Germany


Bastards of Misrepresentation | Doing Time on Filipino Time | Freies Museum Berlin | Germany


TONGUE | Beyond Belonging: Translocal | Tongue Laden | Berlin | Germany
Asian Women‘s Filmfestival | Kino Arsenal | Berlin | Germany (screening)

Awards & Residencies

Stipend | Fellowship Graduate School for the Arts | Berlin University of the Arts


Global Exchange Grant | Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department


Exhibition funding | ifa - Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations


Travel grant | Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department


NaföG grant (Landesgraduiertenförderung des Senats Berlin)


DAAD (travel grant in combination with NaföG)
Sodaart/Nomad: Artist in Residency Villa Arson/Nice and Vienna

Presentations, other roles and projects (selection)

Presentation | House of Memories | Transdisciplinary workshop/symposium at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM)


Initiator | Salon for Aesthetic Experiments: Tropes in Painting | House of the World Cultures Berlin
Initiator | Philippine Studies Series Berlin "Moments and Gestures: Capturing Subject and Gender in Philippine Cinema"| Graduate School | University of Arts Berlin


Presentation | Soongshil University | Seoul


Performance and artist talk | Cultural Centre of the Philippines | Manila
Artist talk | ArtSpeak Ateneo Art Gallery | Manila


Essay | Unfixed - Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art
Presentation (for Global Alien) | Where we meet: Cultural Translation and Art in Social Transformation | ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen | Werkstatt für Kulturen | Berlin
Presentation | As in Shop | Manila


Curator Philippines | Asian Filmfestival Berlin | Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Berlin
Lecture at Class of Linda Wysong | Pacific Northwest College of Art | Portland | Oregon (for Global Alien)


Workshop and Presentation (with Myriam Eckart) | Tongue Laden | Berlin
Presentation | Migration, East Asian Identity and Environmental Diplomacy | Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) | Berlin


Presentation | Teams & Subjects - Über Autorschaft in Künstlergruppen | Heinrich Böll Stiftung | Sophiensaele | Berlin (for Global Alien)
Artist talk | We aren't commodities for sale - Filipino Overseas Workers in Japan and Hongkong
Talk and screenings by Kaoru Yoneyama, Moira Zoitl and Lizza May David |
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien | Berlin