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Born in Madrid, Spain. Lives and works in New York City.


For the past ten years, Ernesto Caivano has been depicting an ambitious narrative set in an alternate reality and universe called After the Woods. Using drawing as a story-generative tool, Caivano narrates about lovers’ courtship, separation, retribution and eventual evolution. Caivano drawings switch between staged episodes of the narrative to more specific features such as the coded communication between the protagonists, atmospheric debris and extinct species of flora that inhabit the woods.


Caivano’s work is 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.


Solo exhibitions include: Settlements, Pioneer Works, NY (2013); Echo Gambit, White Cube, London (2008); After the Woods: A Selection, PS1/MoMA, NY (2004). Among major group exhibitions: 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 Whitney Biennial, NY (2004); PS1, NY (2004). 

Ernesto Caivano

Works by Ernesto Caivano

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