CV & Bio

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Kristone Capistrano is an emerging artist, writer and educator working in the field of contemporary drawing & portraiture. His large-scale portraits combine the ideals of classical realism with the sensibilities of post-conceptual and post-photographic aesthetics. He was recently awarded the first prize for the 2017 Royal South Australian Portrait Biennale, as well as the Commended prize for the 2017 Lloyd Rees Youth Award. He has also previously won the Black Swan Portraiture Prize and the Oxford Art Supplies Drawing Prize. Kristone has participated in multiple group exhibitions in Australia and is now preparing for the upcoming ‘A&D Annual Graduate Exhibition’ in Sydney as well as the ‘HIF Cloud Future Selves’ exhibition in Shenzhen, China. His works are in numerous private collections in Australia and the in the Philippines.




Born 1986 Olongapo, Philippines. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.


2017 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours Year).
School of Art and Design, University of New South Wales,

2016 Masters of Philosophy (one year completed)
University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

2009 Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)
Australian Catholic University, Sydney.

2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts / Bachelor of Arts
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney.


Recent Acquisitions, Blacktown City Art Collection, Blacktown Arts Centre, March 2018.
Enter the Picture: Emerging Sydney Artists, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, March 2018.


Winner, Local Artist Prize, Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown Arts Centre, 2017.    Commended Prize, Lloyd Rees Youth Awards, Gallery Lane Cove, September 2017.
Winner, Royal South Australian Arts Society Portrait Bienalle, Adelaide, 2017.
Finalist, Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, AD Space, Paddington, 2017.
Finalist, Lloyd Rees Youth Memorial Award, Lane Cove, 2017.
Winner, Black Swan Portraiture Prize, Perth Town Hall, 2011.
Finalist, Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, Kudos Gallery, Paddington, 2011.
Finalist, Lloyd Rees Youth Award, Lane Cove, 2011.
Finalist, Art Month Sydney – Artist Speed Dating Competition, 2011.
Winner, Oxford Art Supplies Drawing Prize – Sydney, 2008.


A&D Annual Graduate Exhibition, UNSW Galleries, Paddington, December.                        HIF Wearable Technology, Woolmark Building, Hong Kong, December.                              Wet Paint no 15 ‘Black & White’, Canvas Bar, Sydney, September.
Open Day Exhibition, UNSW Art & Design, September.
Passage, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Halfway House, COFA Space, College of Fine Arts, Sydney.
Fiesta Kultura, Fairfield Show Grounds, Bosley Park.


Into The Light, St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, Sydney.

COFA Annual Graduation Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, Sydney.
Twilight, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville,
UNSW Artsweek Exhibition, Roundhouse, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Performance Making, Io Myers Studio, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Cute But Ugly, Kudos Gallery, Sydney, 2007 (solo exhibition).
Smash Hits
, Parramatta Artists Studio Gallery, Parramatta.

Self-Portrait, Somedays Gallery, Surry Hills.
Extra Cheese, Gallery 44, DarlingHurst.
Youth Art Showcase, Arts Pavilion, Royal Easter Show, Sydney.

COFA Spring Fair Showcase Exhibition, COFA Space, University of New South Wales.
Reframe, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Prize, Lane Cove Council Chambers.
Blacktown City Arts Prize, Blacktown Arts Centre.


New Colombo Mobility Grant, Funding received to participate in the 2017 HIF Cloud Workshop through China and Hong Kong. Three weeks of workshops and intensives on art, fashion and wearable tech, leading up to an exhibition of artworks in the Shenzhen Design centre in China.


Liz Walsh, ’Sydney artist, Kristone Capistrano, wins SALA portraiture prize for his painting The Philosopher of famed thinker Emmanuel Levinas’ in The Advertiser, Adelaide, July 30, 2017.
Martha Azzi, ‘Artist Kristone Capistrano wins Third Biennial Portrait Royal South Australian Society of Art Prize’, in The Blacktown Advocate, August 7, 2017.
Stephen Bevis, ‘Winning Artist Captures Life on Fringe’, The West Australian, September 23, 2011.
‘Capistrano wins Black Swan Prize’, ArtsHub, September 27, 2011.
My artworks were included as key features of the set design in the International Film ‘Geography of the Hapless Heart’, Directed by Alexandra Billington, David Allain, Rain Li, Didza Productions, 2013.