Michael Arcega

Michael Arcega (b. 1973, Manila, Philippines) is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist whose creative research is a poetic investigation around power dynamics and marginalized communities. He uses object-metaphors to make sculptures, installations, and activations that critique historic and political narratives. Arcega is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. He holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Stanford University and maintains a studio in San Francisco.


Arcega was a finalist in the 2024 SECA Art Award. His work has also been exhibited at venues including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Asian Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the de Young Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Cue Arts Foundation, and the Asia Society in New York.

Spam/Maps: Oceania


Spam & pins

40" x 60" x 6"

Lexical Borrowing: Saw Horse by the Sea Shore - Understanding Manifest Destiny


Mat board, wood, found plastic bottles, river water, and mixed media

4' x 7' x 3'

Xylophoneme (Kulintang Buto): Instrument for Understanding


Aksarben cow bones, ink, oak Nacireman artifacts, string, & cork

37” x 42” x 21"

Nacireman Field: A Topography of Inventions


Ceramics, fur, steel, and table

46” x 46” x 68” (approximate height)

U Ph O


Manila Folder, wood, glass and rubber

24 x 6 x 6 in

Untitled Study (Calabao and U Ph O)



18 x 24 x 8 in