cv & bio

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Kristone Capistrano is a Philippine-born Sydney based emerging artist working in contemporary drawing and portraiture. His works pursue the ideas of classical realism within the language of post-conceptual and post-photographic aesthetics. In 2017 whilst still completing his Honours year in Fine Arts, Kristone was awarded the first prize for the Royal South Australian Portrait Biennale, Commended prize for the Lloyd Rees Youth Award, and both the Local Artist and People’s Choice awards for the Blacktown Art Prize. He has also previously won the prestigious Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. Kristone has participated in multiple group exhibitions in Australia including exhibitions held at the Blacktown Arts Centre, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery. He is currently preparing for his forthcoming solo exhibitions at Crowther Contemporary in Melbourne and Tong Lau Space in Hong Kong. His works are included in the Blacktown City Art Collection, as well as in numerous private collections in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Manila.

Between 2012 and 2017 Kristone took a five-year hiatus from his art practice. He travelled the world, volunteered for various NGO’s—served the poor and homeless of New York City, Comayagua Honduras and Honiara Solomon Islands. He also spent a year studying a Masters in Philosophy, two years discerning as a novice monk, completed three of the ancient Camino pilgrimages that lead to Compostela in Spain—walking a total of 1710 km on foot—as well as the 120 km Kumano Kodo pilgrimage treck in Wakayama Japan.

Kristone is also a qualified English and Visual Arts teacher with extensive experience in teaching both Primary and Secondary education.


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


2017  Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours Year), University of New South Wales
2016  Masters of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Australia
2009  Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)
2008  Bachelor of Arts – English Literature / Bachelor of Fine Arts, UNSW – COFA

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.
Recent Acquisitions, Blacktown City Art Collection, Blacktown Arts Centre.
Forgotten Faces, Solo Exhibition, Crowther Contemporary, Melbourne (July 2018)
Human, Solo Exhibition, Tong Lau Space, Hong Kong (Sept 2018)



Local Artist Prize, Blacktown City Art Prize (Winner)
People’s Choice Award, Blacktown City Art Prize (Winner)
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre (Finalist)
Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Awards, Gallery Lane Cove (Commended)
Royal South Australian Arts Society Portrait Biennale (Winner)                                       Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, A&D Space (Finalist)


Black Swan Portrait Prize (Winner)
Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Awards (Finalist)
Art Month Sydney – Artist Speed Dating Competition (Finalist)
Oxford Art Supplies Drawing prize (Winner)

Select Group Exhibitions

Enter the Picture: Emerging Sydney Artists
, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, February 2018.   Sydney Design Festival: Wearable Tech & Future Selves, UNSW Art & Design, March

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.

Grants & Residencies

2018   Artist in Residence, Tong Lau Space, Hong Kong, forthcoming in September. 2018   Liverpool Artist Studio Residency. Selected to be part of the inaugural artist residency program beginning in January 2018.                                                                 2017   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.

Media & Publications

Annalyn Violata, SBS Radio Weekend Edition, SBS Radio, February 17. John Bilic, ‘Room For Artist To Thrive’, Liverpool Leader, February 14, p 19.

Blacktown Art Prize Winners Announced, Artist Profile, December 5.                         Katrina Vo,Destruction, Life and Death, Blacktown Sun, December 12.             
‘Measuring Loss’ wins the 2017 Blacktown Arts Prize
, Art Almanac, December 3.
Liz Walsh, Sydney artist, Kristone Capistrano, wins SALA portraiture prize for his painting The Philosopher of famed thinker Emmanuel Levinas, The Advertiser, Adelaide, July 30. Martha Azzi, ‘Artist Kristone Capistrano wins Third Biennial Portrait Royal South Australian Society of Art Prize’, in The Blacktown Advocate, August 7.

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.

Sound Bytes, Incubate Magazine, Issue 7, 2012.

Stepehen Bevis, Winning Artist Captures Life on Fringe, The West Australia, September 23, 2011.                                                                                                 Capistrano Wins Black Swan Prize, Arts Hub, September 27, 2011.

Professional Industry Experience

2018   Internship with Singaporian artist Jeremy Chu and Australian artist Gary Carsely in their installation of large-scale permanent installations in the National Gallery of Singapore (forthcoming in July 2018)
2011 Part-Time Gallery Assistant, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney.

Recent Teaching Experience

Holy Cross Ryde, Visual Arts Workshop: portraiture & drawing methodologies, 2018.
Sacred Heart Primary School, Mount Druitt, Casual Relief Teacher, Oct 2016 – Present.
Saint Andrews Primary School, Marayong, Casual Relief Teacher, Dec 2016 Present. Kid A. Performing Arts Co, Annandale, Visual Arts Instructor, Sept-Dec 2016.