Ernest Concepcion was born in Manila, Philippines where he received his BFA then moved to the US in 2002. It was in the lonely town of Englewood, New Jersey where he began The Line Wars, a series of black and white drawings depicting opposing forces engaged in ridiculous battle based on the entertainments of childhood and adolescence. He has exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, d.u.m.b.o. arts center, Asian American Arts Centre, The Contemporary Museum in Hawaii, Exit Art and numerous galleries in the Philippines among others. Concepcion has participated in the LMCC/Workspace 120 Broadway Artist Residency, the Bronx Museum of Art Artists-in-the-Marketplace (AIM) program, the Artists Alliance Inc. Rotating Studio Program and the Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency. Eventually he broke away from the formulaic style of the drawings and explored different approaches to conflict creating an entirely new body of work. He just had three solo shows in New York in the last 2 years: at the Kentler International Drawing Space, at NY Studio Gallery and at Saint Joseph’s College. Ernest is also the other half of The Shining Mantis with fellow artist, Mike Estabrook. The Shining Mantis just finished an art residency in Beijing, China and at LMCC’s Swing Space in Governor’s Island. They are now forming a dork metal band as resident artists at NY Studio Gallery. Currently, Ernest Concepcion is a full-time artist working on new paintings and drawings to be exhibited soon. You can view an extensive catalogue of his works at