Kristone Capistrano is a Philippine-born emerging artist based in Sydney and Manila. Known for his monumental portrait drawings, his work focuses on the human face as a mysterious site of transcendence. His characteristic drawing style pursues the ideals of classical realism within the language of post-photographic aesthetics. In 2017 whilst still completing his final year of studies, Kristone was awarded first prize for the Royal South Australian Portrait Biennale, Commended prize for the Lloyd Rees Youth Award, and both Local Artist and People’s Choice awards for the Blacktown Art Prize. He has also previously won the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and has recently been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize.
Kristone has been exhibited across Australia including solo exhibitions at Wedge Gallery (Sydney), Crowther Contemporary (Melbourne) and group exhibitions at the Perth Town Hall (Perth), the RSASA Gallery (Adelaide) and the Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery (NSW). He has also participated in group shows at the JCCAC (Hong Kong) and the Asia Contemporary Art Show (Hong Kong). Kristone’s upcoming projects include group exhibitions at NAS Gallery (Sydney), The Art Space Gallery (Singapore), Ayala Harbour Point (Olongapo, Philippines), as well as a three-month artist residency and solo exhibition at the Sheen Centre (New York City).
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, Brisbane, 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 facilitated workshops for the 4a Centre of Contemporary Asian Art, the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery as well as 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.