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Kristone Capistrano Artist Art

Kristone Capistrano is a Philippine-born emerging artist based in Sydney and Manila. Known for his monumental portrait drawings, his work rises out of an incarnational tradition of Filipino figurative art; imaging the human face as a mysterious site of transcendence.

Kristone has been awarded multiple prizes nationally, including winning the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, the Royal South Australian Portrait Biennale, the Commended prize for the Lloyd Rees Youth Award, the People’s Choice for the Muswellbrook Art Prize, and both Local Artist and People’s Choice awards for the Blacktown Art Prize. Most recently, he was selected as a finalist for the Dobell Drawing Prize and the Fisher Ghost Art Award.

Kristone has been exhibited across Australia including solo shows at Crowther Contemporary (Melbourne) and Wedge Gallery (Sydney). He has also participated in group shows at the JCCAC (Hong Kong), The Art Space Gallery (Singapore) and Mono8 Gallery (Manila). His current and upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at ArtCube Gallery (Manila) and Sheen Center Gallery (New York City).

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 travelled 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 else in life worth pursuing, he now walks towards a sure pursuit of his artistic practice, dreaming big and drawing big.

Between 2012 and 2017 Kristone took a five-year hiatus. He travelled 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 else in life worth pursuing, he now walks towards a sure pursuit of his artistic practice, dreaming big and drawing big.


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