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Yoan Capote was born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, in 1977. He graduated from the National School of Art in 1995 and from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana in 2001. He currently lives and works in Havana. 

He has received distinctions such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2006), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (2006) and the Vermont Study Center Fellowship (2002). During the 7th Havana Biennial (2000), he received the UNESCO Prize, together with the DUPP artists' collective. In 2011, his work was part of the group exhibition at the Cuban Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennial and in 2018 he participated in the Gwangju Biennial. 

His work focuses on the examination of behaviors and psychological states (personal or collective), from the most intangible to the most visceral. His work reflects on shared or thematic conflicts where the identity of the individual subject, sometimes ceases to be important in order to be subordinated to a more global and collective reflection. He is interested in themes such as emigration, resistance, manipulation, stress, alienation, all of which are common experiences of contemporary human beings, regardless of their differences in context. Yoan Capote has achieved a recogniseable personal stamp with his well-known paintings done with hooks, from the Island series, which illustrates some of these issues. 

Amongst his most recent exhibitions are:  Landlors Color, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan, USA (2019); Sujeto Omitido, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy (2019); How the lights get in, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University, Ithaca, USA (2019); Baggage Claims, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA (2019); Ola Cuba, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France (2018); Cuban Art, traveling exhibition co-organized by the Mid-America Arts Alliance with the Center for Cuban Studies (NYC) (2018); Cuba mi amor, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France (2017); Art x Cuba, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst , Aachen, Germany (2017); Overseas, Center for Contemporary Art Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany (2017); Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, organized by Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and The Getty. Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA, USA (2017); On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida, USA (2017); Adios Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art, 1950-2015, traveling exhibition at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2017); Cuba Libre, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz (2016).

His work is included in several collections, among them: Daros Latin America AG Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada; Perez Art Museum, Florida, USA; Farber Collection, Miami, USA; Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA; Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA; Beelden aan Zee Museum, The Hague, Netherlands; The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Winter Park, USA; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ella Fontanels-Cisneros Collection, Miami, USA; Steven Cohen Collection, Connecticut, USA; among others.

Study and Teaching

2001-2003

Professor of Visual Art, Higher Institute of Art (ISA), Havana

1996-2001

Higher Institute of Art (ISA), Havana 

1991-1995

National School of Art (ENA), Havana

1988-1991

Provincial School of Art, Pinar del Rio

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

Sujeto omitido, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italia  

Territorial Waters, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong

2017

Palangre, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2015

Isla, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, Uk

Yoan Capote: Collective Unconscious, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2014

Open Mind, outdoor installation at Canoe Landing Park, Pinar del Rio, Cuba

2013

Emotional Objects, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK

The Other Nature of Things (Rerum Alter Natura), Long House Reserve, East Hampton, NY, USA

2012

Fonemas y Morfemas II, with Iván Capote, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba

Momentum, XI Havana Biennial, El Nukleo + El Bunker Studio, Havana, Cuba

2011

In Tran-sit, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY, USA

Fonemas y Morfemas, with Iván Capote, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba

2010

Mental States, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2008

Psicomorfosis, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba

2006

Pensamientos Paralelos, Havana Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

2004

Animica - New Sculpture and Drawings, George Adams Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Between the Lines, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, NY, USA

Preparations: Studies for Sculpture on Paper, Andre Zarre Gallery, Ny, USA

2003

Drawings and Projects, Brownstone Foundation, Paris, France

2001

El Diseño de lo Híbrido, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba

1999

ULM (Huéleme), Galería Carmelo González, Havana, Cuba

1998

Tracc Bakk Track, Galería 23 y 12, Havana, Cuba

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Por siempre una y otra vezGalleria Continua, Havana, Cuba

2019

Landlords Colors, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan, USA

How the light gets in, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Baggage Claims, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Intersecciones, Factoría Habana. Collateral exhibition at the XIII Biennial of Havana

2018

Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

Como está el agua, Galleria Continua, Havana

Parking on Pavement, Jack Shainman, The School, New York, NY, USA

Arte Cubano, traveling exhibition co-organized by the Mid - American Arts Alliance with the Center for Cuban Studies (NYC), Annville, PA; Milwaukee, WI

Imagined Borders, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

Ola Cuba!, Lille 3000, La Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France

Diamante en Bruto, Galeria Continua, Havana, Cuba

2017

Las Ciudades Invisibles, Galleria Continua, UNAICC, Havana, Cuba  

Cuba Mi Amor, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, France

Overseas, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany.

Kalei2copio Havana, Galeria Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal

Baggage Claims, Ezra and Ceclie Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA    

Art x Cuba – Contemporary Perspectives since 1989, Lugwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany

On the Horizon: Contemporary, Cuban Art from Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL, USA

Cuba and The Bahamas. Contemporary Art from the Caribbean, HALLE 14, Leipzig, Germany

Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art, 1950-2015, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, USA; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., USA; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA; the Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

Wrong Side of History, Bullet Space (An Urban Artist Collaborative), NY, USA

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA, USA

Home Room: Group Exhibition, The School Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY, USA 

2016

(In) Mobilario, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba

Complicated Beauty: Contemporary Cuban Art, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, USA

Cuba Libre, Ludwig Museum Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany

Contigent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America, Museo de Bellas Artes, Houston, TX, USA

2015

Cuba Ficción y fantasía, Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Enhanced! Photographic Works from the Drapkin Collections with Contemporary Light-Based Media, Contemporary Art Museum, Institute for Research in Art, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

When Artist’s Speak Truth… The 8th Floor, New York, NY, USA 

Winter in America, The School, Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY, USA

2014

Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON, Canada

Beyond the Classical: Imagining the Ideal Across Time, National Academy Museum, New York, NY, USA

Cuban America: An Empire State of Mind, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY,USA 

Mise en Scène, The School, Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook 

2013

Cuban Forever, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH, USA

Permission To Be Global/ Practicas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Fontanals-Cisneros Art Foundation, Miami, FL, USA

2012

HB, XI Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Entre Trópicos, Caiza Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Caos, Galería Havana, Havana, Cuba

Fonemas y Morfemas II, GalerÍa Habana, Havana, Cuba

Construir, Deconstruir y Destruir, Carlos Garaicoa Studio, Madrid, Spain

Círculos, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, Spain

Adjoining Islands: The Cuban Pavilion in Manhattan, SRDR Enterprises, New York, NY , USA

2011

LIV Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

L’Insoutenable légèreté de l’être, Galerie Yvon Lambert, New York, NY, USA

Cuba Now, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY, USA

2010

Portugal Arte 10, Primera Bienal de Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal

Without Mask, Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Johannesburg, Australia

En Otra Dimensión, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba

Los Impolíticos, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (PAN), Naples, Italy

Polaridades Complementarias, New Orleans Art Museum, New Orleans, LA Panamericano, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico

Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from Farber Collection, Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

2009

Las Américas Latinas - Las fatigas del querer, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy

Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Confluencias II: Inside Arte Cubano Contemporáneo, The National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM X Havana Biennial, La Cabaña Fortress, Havana, Cuba

HB, X Havana Biennial, Pabexpo Exhibition Complex, Havana, Cuba

2008

Erótica, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba

Contemporary Cuban Art, New Jersey, NJ, USA

State of Exchange, Institute of International Visual Art (INIVA), London, UK

Surrounded by Water, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2007

Killing Time, Exit Art, New York, NY, USA

Inside/Outside, George Adams Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Waiting List: Time and Transition in Contemporary Cuban Art, City Art Museum of Ljubljana (MGML), Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cero, Salón Blanco del Convento San Francisco de Asís, Havana, Cuba

2006

Case Studies: Art in a Valise, Katonah Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

Contemporary Cuban Drawing, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, New York, NY, USA

Pacemaker: Contemporary Cuban Art, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

Obsessions, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, ON Inner Cities, Centro de Artes Visuales “Luz y Oficio”, Havana, Cuba

Doble Blanco, Galería Villa Manuela, Havana, Cuba

In the Nature of Things, George Adams Gallery, NY, USA

2005

Wunderkammer I, Galería Nina Menocal, DF., Mexico, Mexico

Body Language, George Adams Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2004

Cuba from the Inside Looking Out I, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA

New Installations, Artists in Residence: Cuba, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Benchmark, Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY, USa

Just on Time, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba

The Future is Now, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, New York, NY, USA

Collector’s Show, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, USA

Bush-Whack!, George Adams Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2003

VIII Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Ciudad Múltiple, International Exhibition in Public Spaces, Panama City Sentido Común, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba

Sentido Común, Galería Habana, Havana 

2002

International Show, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA

La Huella Múltiple, CDAV, Havana, Cuba

100 Years of Art in Pinar del Rio, Pinar del Rio Art Museum (MAPRI), Pinar del Rio, Cuba

La Huella Múltiple, Havana Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

ISA Graduated, Havana Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

2000

VII Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Zoom, Galería Convenio Andrés Bello, Bogotá, Colombia

Con un Pensar Abstraído, Proyecto DUPP, Galería Habana, Havana, Cuba

ARCO Contemporary Art Fair, Fair Site Juan Carlos I, Madrid, Spain

1999

A Ras de Tierra, Architects College, Havana, Cuba

Los Desvelos del Cíclope, Espacio Abierto, Havana, Cuba

II Festival de Performance, Proyecto DUPP, Havana, Cuba

Con un Pensar Abstraído, Proyecto DUPP, Havana, Cuba

La Época, Centro Comercial La Época, Havana, Cuba

VII Salon of Erotic Art, Mariano Rodriguez Gallery, Havana, Cuba

The Performatical Condition, Wifredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba

With an Abstract View, Public Intervention, DUPP Project, La Rampa, Havana, Cuba

1998

II Salón de Arte Contemporáneo, La Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

II Bienal de Escultura, Havana, Cuba

I Performance Festival "Ana Mendieta", Galería UNEAC, Havana, Cuba

Pizza Pizza, Postimposibility, CDAV, Cuba and Fine Arts University, Paris, France

Building Cultural Bridges, Cornell, Atlantic and William Patterson Universities, NJ, USA

1997

VI Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Antes de la lluvia, Galería del ISA, VI Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

1996

Se Mandaron pa’ home, CDAV, Havana, Cuba

1995

El Molino Rojo, Casa del Joven Creador, Havana, Cuba

1994

ENA, Una Vez, Galería ENA, V Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Awards

2006

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York, NY, USA

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY, USA

2004

Grant and fellowship, Cuban Artists Fund, New York, NY, USA

2002

Mention (Curator Prize), Consejo Nacional de las Artes Plásticas, Havana, Cuba

2000

UNESCO Prize, VII Havana Biennial (with Galeria DUPP), Havana, Cuba

Curator Prize, Consejo Nacional de las Artes Plásticas (with Galeria DUPP), Havana, Cuba

1998

First Prize, II Sculpture Biennial, Galería Teodoro Ramos Blanco, Havana, Cuba

Residences

2004

Residency, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2003

Residency, Brownstone Foundation, Paris, France

2002

Residency, American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, New York, NY

Collections, Museums, Foundations

21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY, Usa

The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Winter Park, FL, Usa

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, USa

Beelden aan Zee Museum, The Hague, Holland

Buhl Collection, New York, NY, USA

CIFO, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL, USA

Daros Latinamerica AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Farber Collection, New York, NY, USA

Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and San Francisco, CA, USA

Karen and Robert Duncan, Lincoln, NE, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, USA

Pérez Art Museum of Miami, Miami, FL, USA

Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH, USA