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 held his first solo exhibition at Crowther Contemporary in Melbourne earlier this year, followed by a series of artist residencies and group exhibitions in Hong Kong. As a Filipino-Australian artist, Kristone is developing a research practice that crosses between suburban Sydney and South-East Asia. His upcoming projects include his second solo show at Wedge Gallery in Sydney, as well as a three-month artist residency and solo exhibition in New York City commencing in July 2019.
His works are included in the collections of the Blacktown City Council, Lester Group, Kennedy Art Foundation, King George V International School – Hong Kong, as well as in private collections in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Miami, Manila and Hong Kong. Kristone is also a qualified English and Visual Arts teacher with extensive experience in Primary and Secondary education. He has been invited to facilitate workshops for the 4a Centre of Contemporary Asian Art, the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery and the Blacktown Arts Centre.
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 pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Spain—walking a total of 1710 km on foot—as well as the 130 km Kumano Kodo pilgrimage treck in Wakayama, Japan.