Opal Mae Ong

Bio & CV:

B. 1994, Los Angeles, CA

Ong lives in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in Painting from Hunter College (New York) and a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts (New York). Ong’s painting practice involves matte materials like acrylic and gouache, while her drawings are often monochrome and made of graphite on watercolor paper. With these materials Ong is able to make meaning of opaquely felt experiences such as unnameable desire, complicated grief and personal trauma.She borrows symbolic imagery and invents figures that participate in a reality not too far from her own. The work may appear allegorical but it never arrives at any kind of moral. Instead the figures suggest evasion, mourning, enacting self punishment, following ghosts, losing limbs and holding things dear.


2021 MFA Painting, Hunter College, NY, NY

2016 BFA Illustration, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY

Solo & Two- Person Exhibitions


(forthcoming solo), Arsenal Contemporary, NY, NY


Find Yourself Alone In The Middle Of A Forest, With Tyler Krasowski, Curated by Nora Boyd, Spring/Break Art Show, Los Angeles, CA


The Conditional, Arsenal Contemporary, NY, NY


Half Past, With Justin Chance, Three Four Three Four Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Hereafter, Solo Show, The Spite Haus, Philadelphia, PA

Group Exhibitions


(forthcoming), Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

(forthcoming), Mother Gallery, NY, NY

NY to Milan, F2T Gallery, Milan, Italy

Twist & Shout, She BAM Art, Leipzig, Germany

Drawer NYC, NY, NY


There Was Only This World, This Looted, Ventriloquized Earth, Curated by Francesca Altamura in collaboration with HOOK ART


System Failure, Plastic Murs Gallery, Valencia, Spain