Lao Lianben graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the East. In 1973, Lao held his very first exhibition at the Solidaridad Galleries, followed by more exhibitions in the following years. A multi-awarded artist, he won First Prize in the 1968 Shell NSAC for his oeuvre Dead Birth, Honorable mention at the AAP Annual contest of 1976 for his Tryst; won the Mobil Art Award in 1983 and received the Thirteen Artists Awards from the CCP in 1976.
A minimal artist, his work is often associated with the spirit and aesthetics of Zen. Lao’s process of painting involves layering of various textures, superimposed with found objects, often from nature. He substantiates soft tensions of flawed registry and vibrated lines, using them to advantage in border to bring out unmistakable aura of meditative serenity.