Kristone Capistrano is a Philippine-born contemporary artist working across an expanded field of drawing and portraiture, ranging from works on paper, the moving image and participatory collaborations. His practice is shaped by the Incarnational traditions of Filipino figurative art, approaching the human face as a mysterious site of transcendence.
He has been awarded multiple prizes nationally, including the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, the Royal South Australian Portrait Biennale, Commended prize for the Lloyd Rees Youth Award, the People’s Choice for the Muswellbrook Art Prize, and the Blacktown Local Artist Prize.
Kristone has exhibited in Australia and Internationally, including solo shows at Crowther Contemporary (Melbourne), Wedge Gallery (Sydney) and ArtCube Gallery (Manila); and group shows at the JCCAC (Hong Kong), The Art Space Gallery (Singapore) and Mono8 Gallery (Manila). His current and upcoming projects include the 67th Blake Art Prize at The Casula Powerhouse and a solo exhibition at Wedge Gallery, Kinokuniya – The Galeries, Sydney.
His works are held by the Blacktown City Council, The Lester Group, The Kennedy Art Foundation, King George V International School – Hong Kong, as well as in private collections in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Miami, New York, Manila and Hong Kong. Kristone is also a qualified English and Visual Arts teacher with extensive experience in Primary and Secondary education. He has facilitated workshops for both the 4a Centre of Contemporary Asian Art and the Blacktown Arts Centre.
Between 2012 and 2017 Kristone took a five-year hiatus. He traveled the world, volunteered for various NGO’s—served the poor of NYC, Comayagua Honduras and Honiara Solomon Islands. He also spent one year studying a Masters in Philosophy, two years discerning as a novice monk; and completed three of the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimages in Spain, as well as the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage track in Japan—walking a total of 1840 km on foot. After trying everything in life worth pursuing, he now walks towards the epic, futile, wasteful and beautiful path of pursuit of his artistic practice, dreaming big and drawing big.