NEWS

ART FAIRS

ERNESTO CAiVANO

b. 1972 Madrid, Spain, 

Lives and works in New York, NY

Ernesto Caivano’s meticulously detailed ink drawings depict an ambitious narrative based on lovers’ courtship, separation, retribution and eventual evolution. Varying in format and scale from scroll-like panoramas to small detailed studies, Caivano’s drawing portray a timeless tale of Polygon and Versus, who were torn apart upon the consummation of their union and transported into the woods, signifying an alternate reality and universe. Through time, Versus, clad in knight’s armour grows congruent with his natural habitat while Polygon’s evolution transforms her from Renaissance princess into a spaceship representing the advancement of technological intelligence.  João Ribas further describes it: an “…amalgam of folklore, fairytale, and scientific speculation, Caivano’s narrative serves as a search for meaning lost in our own abundance of information”.

Using the narrative in tandem with drawing, as a story-generative tool, Caivano resists any chronological reading by switching between staged episodes of the lovers’ desperate struggle to communicate and find each other (aided by birds called the Philapores) to more specific features such as the coded communication between the lovers, atmospheric debris and extinct species of flora that inhabit the woods. Together these provide a versatile compendium of Caivano’s unique Edenic world, rich in stylistic influences both archaic and contemporary; Renaissance literature, archaeology, geology, medieval art, Flemish Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer, Japanese prints and screens through to more Modernist strands of abstraction and minimalism.  Accumulating an expansive realm of sources and anomalies from nanotechnology, molecular physics to cosmology and mysticism, Caivano masters his own parallel universe and self-contained evolution.

Ernesto Caivano was born in Madrid, Spain and currently lives and works in New York. He has studied at The Cooper Union and Columbia University in New York. Solo exhibitions include Settlements, Pioneer Works, New York (2013), Echo Gambit, White Cube, London (2008), After the Woods: A Selection, PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY (2004). He has participated in many major group exhibitions including Storylines, Guggenheim, NY (2015), No New Thing Under The Sun, Royal Academy of the Arts, London (2010), Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London (2010), Like Color in Pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2007), On Line, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2005), The 2004 Whitney Biennial, New York (2004). 

EDUCATION

2001 Columbia University, New York, MFA

1999  The Cooper Union, New York, BFA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013          

Settlements, Pioneer Works: Center for Art and Innovation, Red Hook, NY

2010          

Relics Where..., Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica

2009         

Her Affect on Branches (Topography of Contact), Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

2008         

Echo Gambit, White Cube, Hoxton Square, London

2007         

Traps, Screens, and Offerings, Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin

2006         

Floral Veins, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 Games for a Blackout Machine, Guild and Greyshkul, New York, NY

2005         

Union and Offerings, Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin

Statements, ARCO Fair, Carlier/Gebauer, Madrid, Spain

2004         

Mating Grounds, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

After the Woods: A Selection, PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

 In the Woods, (Long-term installation), PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

2003         

Arboreal, 31 Grand Inc., Brooklyn, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017           

Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper, Cahoon Museum of                                     American Art, Cotuit, MA

Botánica, John Berggruen Gallery, Curated by Todd von Ammon, San Francisco, CA

Wormwood, Ellis King Gallery, Curated by Todd Von Ammon, Dublin, Ireland

The Fall, Apollinaire Fine Arts, London, UK

DRAW / Boston, MASSART, Curated by Tomas Vu Daniel, Boston, MA

2016          

Cosmic Connections, TOTAH, New York, NY

Good News, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY

New Prints, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

2015          

Come Together, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Tomas Vu Curated

Conduits, Rabbithole, Jessica Holburn Curated, NY

Name It By Trying To Name It: Open Sessions 2014 – 2015, The Drawing Center, NY

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Guggenheim, NY

A Weekend In the Country, Magnan Metz, Paul Laster curated, NY

Surface of Revolution, Southampton Arts Center, NY

Open Sessions 3, The Drawing Center Lab, NY

2014          

Mapping Madness, The Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China

The Portrait Show, Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

BIRD, Bernaducci-Meisel Gallery, New York, NY

2012         

Brucennial 2012: Harder. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer, Brucennial, NYC, NY

2011          

Berlin Paris 2011, TORRI, Paris

2010          

No New Thing Under The Sun, Royal Academy of the Arts, London   

Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London

PortugalArte10, PortugalArte, Lisbon

Ink, Inc., Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX

Amor Parvi oder Die Liebe zum Kleinen,  Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen

Conversations II, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid

2009         

ON FROM HERE, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY

Desenhos: A a Z (Drawings A to Z), Museu da Cidade, Lisbon

Nota Bene,  Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

Pulling from History: The Old Masters, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2008         

Microwave Six, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY

The Luxury of Love, Vanina Holasek Gallery, New York, NY

Renaissance, Ferragamo Gallery, New York, NY

Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

On Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York City, NY

Art on Paper 2008: The 40th Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

2007         

Multiple Interpretations: Contemporary Prints in Portfoli, The New York Public Library, New York, NY

Every Eye sees differently as the Eye, The Drawing Room, London, UK

Fairy Tale, Myth, and Fantasy: Approaches to Spirituality in Art, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, NY

Like Color in Pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

Salon Nouveau, Engholm Engelham Galerie, Vienna, Austria

 

2006         

Twice Drawn, The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

Upstate, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

Light in August, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington

Block Party: An Exhibition of Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Twice Drawn, The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

Among the Trees, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now, MoMA, New York, NY

Selections from the LeRoy Neiman Center, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY

New York Drawing, Travesia Quatro, Madrid, Spain

Fine Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY

View Eleven: Upstate, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

2005         

On Line, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

Recent Editions, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

Project Room, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

Greater New York 2005, PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

Hallucinations, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

Sutton Lane in Paris, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris

Can’t See the Forest, Sixspace, Los Angeles, CA

2004         

Instinctive, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

I Feel Mysterious Today, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art,                                       Palm Beach, FL

Pick-up Lines, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Happy Days are Here Again, David Zwirner, New York, NY

Woodwork, Anthony Grant Inc., New York, NY

How Would You Light Heaven, Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin

Whitney Biennial 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2003         

My Sources Says Yes, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY

Terrarium, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

Druid Wood as a Superconductor, Space 101, Brooklyn, NY

Game Over, Galerie Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich

The New Topography, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Group Show, Grant/Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, 85 Chambers, New York, NY

2002         

Miami Ambassador, (collaboration with Lansing-Dreiden), Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

Amenities, Scope at the Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY

Shallow Interiors, Rivington Arms Gallery, New York, NY

2001          

Thesis Exhibition, Columbia University, New York, NY Medium, Roy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

2000         

Part 01, Wallach Gallery, New York, NY

1999          

Group, Intercontinental Gallery, Montreal

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

MoMA / Museum of Modern Art, NY, New York

Guggenheim Museum, NY, New York

The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, New York

The New York Public Library, NY, New York

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

Erica Hoffman Collection, Berlin, Germany

Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden

LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, California

MoCA / The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, California

RESIDENCIES / GRANTS

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant — New York, NY (2017)

Leroy Neiman Center for Prints — Artist in Residence Print Projects — (2005, 2014 – 2015)

Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, Residency (2014 – 2016)

Steep Rock Residency & Grant — Washington, CT (2007)

Hayward Prize of the American Austrian Foundation (2002)

Salzburg Kunstakademie Fellowship, Salzburg, Austria (2002)