Biennale of Sydney

Yoan Capote

Yoan Capote, Muro de Mar (Seawall), 2017-2018, seven concrete panels, wood, metal structure, nails and fishhooks, 272 x 1050 x 30 cm, each panel dimension 272 x 150 x 30 cm. Installation view for 12th Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders. Photograph: Yoan Capote. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, Ben Brown Fine Arts and Galleria Continua Ⓒ Yoan Capote
Yoan Capote, Muro de Mar (Seawall), (detail), 2017-2018, seven concrete panels, wood, metal structure, nails and fishhooks, 272 x 1050 x 30 cm, each panel dimension 272 x 150 x 30 cm. Installation view for 12th Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders. Photograph: Yoan Capote. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, Ben Brown Fine Arts and Galleria Continua Ⓒ Yoan Capote
Yoan Capote, Stress (in memoriam), 2004-12, from the series ‘Self-portrait’, concrete, wood and human teeth, 85 x 65 x 53 cm. Installation view for Adiós Utopia (2017) at Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, United States. Photograph: Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Courtesy the artist and Courtesy the artist and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Copyright ©capotestudio.

Yoan Capote

Born 1977 in Pinar del Río, Cuba
Lives and works in Havana, Cuba


Yoan Capote’s practice is the result of a constant attempt to translate internal psychological conflicts into physical experiences. His works connect this individual awareness with the collective political or social environment. Capote’s creative process begins by analysing the symbolic character of different materials and objects and their relationship with the body and history. For Capote, art is like a psychoanalyst's couch, a place where thousands of lived moments, fragments of memory and reasoning emerge. Although his works develop from deeply personal and and daily experiences, they often reference Cuba’s layered and complex history and point to universal experiences of power, geopolitics and migration.

23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022)

Details to be announced