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Ernesto Caivano

Born 1972, Madrid, Spain
Currently lives and works in New York City

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.

Caivano studied at The Cooper Union and Columbia University in New York. Solo exhibitions include Relics Where..., Floral Veins, and Mating Grounds at Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Settlements, Pioneer Works, New York, Echo Gambit, White Cube, London, After the Woods: A Selection, PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY. He has participated in many major group exhibitions including Storylines at the Guggenheim Museum (curated by Katherine Brinson), No New Thing Under The Sun, Royal Academy of the Arts, London, Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, Like Color in Pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, On Line, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, and The 2004 Whitney Biennial, New York.

Caivano’s work is in the public collections of MoMA / Museum of Modern Art, NY, Guggenheim Museum, NY, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
, The New York Public Library, NY
, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
, Erica Hoffman Collection, Berlin, Germany,
 Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden
, LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
, and MoCA / The Museum of Contemporary Art, CA

Born, 1972, Madrid, Spain
Lives and works in New York, NY

2001   MFA   Columbia University
1999   BFA    The Cooper Union  


Settlements 2002-2013, Pioneerworks, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)

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

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

Echo Gambit, White Cube, London, UK

Traps, Screens and Offerings, Carlier Gebauer - Berlin, Germany

Floral Veins, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Games for a Blackout Machine, Guild and Greyshkul, New York, NY

Union and Offerings, Statements ARCO Fair, Carlier/Gebauer

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 at PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

Arboreal, 31 Grand Inc, Brooklyn, NY


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

Cosmic Connections, TOTAH, New York, NY
Good News, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY
New Prints, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY


Come Together, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Tomas Vu Curated, November 4 – December 2

Conduits, Rabbithole, Jessica Holburn Curated, NY, November 17

Name It By Trying To Name It: Open Sessions 2014 – 2015, The Drawing Center, NY, July 16 – August 30

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Guggenheim, NY, June 5 – September 9

A Weekend In the Country, Magnan Metz, Paul Laster curated, NY, June 18 – August 21
Surface of Revolution, Southampton Arts Center, NY, May – June

Open Sessions 3, The Drawing Center Lab, NY, April 10 – May 15


Mapping Madness, The Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China, December 2014 – March 2015
The Portrait Show, Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

BIRD, Bernaducci-Meisel Gallery, New York, NY


Brucennial 2012: Harder. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer, Brucennial, New York City, NY

Berlin Paris 2011, TORRI, Paris


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


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

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

Multiple Interpretations: Contemporary Prints in Portfolio at the New York Public Library, New York Library, New York, NY
Every Eye sees differently as the Eye, The Drawing Room, London
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

View Eleven: Upstate, Curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
Light in August, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington
Among the Trees, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
Block Party: An Exhibition of Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Twice Drawn, The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Selections from the LeRoy Neiman Center, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
New York Drawings, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
Fine Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY

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, Japan
Greater New York 2005, PS1/MoMA
Hallucinations, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Sutton Lane in Paris, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
Can’t See the Forest, Sixspace, Los Angeles, CA

Instinctive, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Mario Testino curator, 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 and André Schlechtriem curator, New York, NY
Woodwork, Anthony Grant, Inc – New York, NY
How Would You Light Heaven, Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin, GR
Whitney Biennial 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

My Sources Says Yes, Guild & Greyshkul curated group show – New York, NY
Terrarium, Bronx River Art Center, Carl Eckhoff curator, Bronx, NY
Druid Wood as a Superconductor, Space 101, David Hunt curator - Brooklyn, NY
Game Over, Galerie Grimm\Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
The New Topography, Geoffrey Young Gallery & curator, Great Barrington, MA
Group Show, Grant/Selwyn Fine Art - Clarissa Dalrymple curator, Los Angeles, CA
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, 85 Chambers, Ayler & Geoffrey Young curators, New York, NY

Miami Ambassador, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, collaborative with Lansing-Dreiden, Miami, FL
Amenities, Scope at the Gershwin Hotel, Pascal Spengemann curator, New York, NY
Shallow Interiors, Rivington Arms Gallery, New York, NY

Thesis Exhibition, Columbia University, Jerry Saltz curator, New York, NY
Medium, Roy Neiman Gallery, Heidie Giannotti curator, New York, NY
Part 01, Wallach Gallery, Michael Cohen curator, New York, NY

Group, Intercontinental Gallery, Ivan Golinko curator, Montreal, Canada


Contemporary Art Review
Tipton, Gemma, Irish Times, Review: New talent at the Kerlin and 23 artists at Ellis King, Aug 1, 2017

Totah, David, Cosmic Connections (Catalogue), Ed. 500, TOTAH, New York, October 6, 2016

Dover, Caitlin,
Holburn, Jess,


Vu, Tomas; Zuo, Yuan, Mapping Madness, The Inside/Outside Museum (catalogue), Beijing, China


Valli, Marc; Ibarra, Ana, Walk the Line: The Art of Drawing, Laurence King Publishing, UK, 2013

Caivano, Ernesto, Ernesto Caivano: Settlements – Selected Works 2002 – 2013, Pioneer Works, Intercourse Publishing, NY, May 18, 2013


May, Susan, Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, July 8 – August 28 (Catalogue)

Hack, Jefferson, Another Art Book, Edition 7L, Steidl (book)

Pagel, David, Art Review: Ernesto Caivano at Richard Heller Gallery, LA Times, April 9, 2010

Peck, Derek, New York Minute | Ernesto Caivano,, March 15, 2010


Trezzi, Nicola, From Commodities to Talismans: Modernity as a Remedy to the Aftermath, Flash Art, No.267, July – September 2009
Between the Lines: A Coloring Book of Drawings by Contemporary Artists, Vol. 2, RxArt


Kalus, Zoe, Saatchi Online TV at Ernesto Caivano: White Cube,

Coomer, Martin, Ernesto Caivano: Echo Gambit at White Cube Hoxton Square, London, Art on Paper, November/December 2008, p. 87

Olson, Marisa S., Ernesto Caivano – The Return of Beautiful, Planet Magazine, Winter 2008, pp. 22 – 25

Ernesto Caivano, Amelia’s Magazine, Issue 9, July 2008, pp. 114 – 117

Geldard, Rebecca, Art: Ernesto Caivano, Time Out London, July 21, 2008, p. 63

Morton, Tom; Ribas, João, Ernesto Caivano - Echo Gambit, Jay Jopling / White Cube (London), July 2008

Pill, Steve,  Exhibitions / Ernesto Caivano – Echo Gambit, MetroLife, July 9, 2008

Oliver, William. After the Woods, Another Magazine. 2008.

Bruno LeMieux-Ruibal: “Contrasts / Spaniards in New York,” Lapiz, Issue 237-238
Mark Van de Walle: “Ernesto Caivano,” Elle Décor, April, pp. 70, 72

Rebecca Cascade: “Talent Show: Ernesto Caivano,” W Magazine, The Art Issue, November
Kai Regan: “Studio Visit,” BlackBook, Issue 47, October/November
Naomi Nevitt: “For gallery-lovers the world over,” Nylon, October
Sebastien Agneessens: “Nano,” Something in the Way #3, October
Colleen Asper: “Ernesto Caivano,” Beautiful/Decay, Issue O, pp. 40-41
Alex Bagner: “50 People, Places, Things: People Radar” Wallpaper, October, p. 257
Christopher Bedford: “Los Angeles Critic’s Picks: Ernesto Caivano,”, September/October
Suzanne Muchnic: “Look, Then Look Again,” LA Times, September 17, p. E 34
“10 Artists To Watch,” Art+Auction, May, p. 131
Annette Grant: “How to Spot the Kubrick in Edvard Munch,” New York Times, March 19
Grace Glueck: “The Enduring Allure of Scratching on Metal,” New York Times, March 9
Meredith Mendelsohn: “The New Romantics, ” Art News, February, pp. 122-3
Jonathan Wells:  “First Person,” Res Magazine, January/February, pp. 40-41
Holly Myers: “Reviews: National: Ernesto Caivano,” ARTnews, January

Trine Ross: “Gode og gale streger,” Politiken, 2, Sektion 5, November, p. 8
Emma Dexter: Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing. London: Phaidon, 2005, pp. 52-53
Ellen Y. Hsu: “After the Woods,” Eleven Eleven Volume 2, pp. 15–19
Anders Kold: On Line. Denmark: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art exhibition catalogue, pp. 9–11
Dominic Molon: “I Feel Mysterious Today,” Palm Beach: Palm Beach institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL
Olga Spiegel: “Impressiones de ARCO,” La Vanguardia, Feb 12
Holly Myers: “Ernesto Caivano at Richard Heller Gallery,” Art News, January, pp. 132-4

Peter Eleey: “Ernesto Caivano,” Frieze, October, p. 152
Mark Sanders: “Canopy Activity,” Another Magazine, Autumn/Winter, p. 18 - 29
Joyce B. Korotkin: “The Neo-Baroque Era,” Tema Celeste, July/August, p. 38
Tema Celeste, May/June
Brett Littman: “After the Woods, Art on Paper,” July/August, pp. 36 – 39
Steven Psyllos: Ernesto Caivano, New York Press, June 23 – 29, p. 32
Douglas Max Utter: “Ernesto Caivano @ P.S. 1,” Angle, Issue #14 – June
Mariuccia Casadio: “Dreamy,” Vogue Italia, May, p. 230
Scott Rothkopf: “Subject Matters,” Artforum, May, p. 176
Dan Cameron; Dan Fox, Jennifer Higgie, Matthew Higgs, Katy Siegel, Roberta Smith, and Neville Wakefield: “American Pie,” The 2004 Whitney Biennial, Frieze, May, p. 64
Brooks Barnes: “Your First Picasso,” The Wall Street Journal: Weekend Journal, April 9
Margaret Sundell: “The Today Show,” Time Out New York, March 25
Sarah Milroy:  “Art in a Tremulous Time,” The Globe and Mail, March 17, p. R1
Edward J. Sozanski: “A View from the Front Lines,” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 14
Dan Cameron; Arthur C. Danto; Simona Vendrame: New York, March 13
Andy Robinson: “Arte Para Tiempos de Angustia,” La Vanguardia, March 13
Michael Kimmelman: “Touching All Bases At the Biennial,” The New York Times, March 12
Daniel Kunitz: “Snapshots – and Painting! – From the Cutting Edge,” The New York Sun, March 11
Holland Cotter: “Duck! It’s Whitney Biennial Season Again,” The New York Times, March 7
Alfredo Triff: “Homegrown Style,” Miami New Times, February 5
Tim Griffin: “Out of the Past: Tim Griffin Talks with the Whitney Biennial Curators,” Artforum, January


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)
Joan Sovern Award, Columbia University, New York, NY (2001)
Hayward Prize of the American Austrian Foundation (2001)


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


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