‘Plastic Reality’ - an ideal by which the Neo-Realists, of which H.R. Ocampo was a pioneering figure, used to describe their approach to their emerging practice. By first breaking up the object, then reconstructing it until it is but an interpretation of its true essence, Ocampo created highly abstracted compositions that somehow still resembled a familiar visual queue to its viewers. Often described as biomorphic, Ocampo's works always drew from the reality around him-- broken down into organic forms that carry their essence. When this unique technique is merged with the vitality of red hues, an eye-catching rawness is created, images that seem to breathe and grow and merge together in need, like the tissues of the body or the warm beating of the heart. Maybe this is why his red-hued works have become the National Artist’s defining aesthetic, be it large works such as the CCP’s Exodus , or this untitled piece which shows a carnal energy, creating an almost human warmth that exudes from the crystalized reds and coppers.