mixed media artist
Nelson Cabán was born in 1982 in New York City and currently divides his time between studios in Brooklyn and Hong Kong. Growing up in the early 80s in NYC he realized the impact visual art could have upon people and how it served as a means to formulate and present one’s narrative and express everyday reality. He studied fine arts at Cooper Union (USA), Estudio 13 (Spain), and RBC (Japan), honing the craft of traditional Eastern and Western techniques and mediums. As an artist, the creative process has consistently revealed its importance and potential impact on the lives of individuals and it how may serve as a means to aid in the education process, provoke dialogue and spur growth. Culture, history, and the eternal struggle for social justice are inspirations of his work and reflects not only a personal creative journey but also represents the social, political and cultural realities of different peoples, both contemporary and historical. His art has always been about getting people to rethink the injustices in the world, but more importantly to empower individuals to believe that they can do something powerful with their lives. In 2011, the artist began dividing his time between studios in Harlem, NYC and Hong Kong, China, with the opening of Atelier Agüeybanà in the Fo Tan artist district of Hong Kong. Nelson Cabán has exhibited in one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States, France, Hong Kong and Japan. He has been featured in Time Out Magazine (New York), The New York Times, Clam Magazine (France), Metropolis Magazine (Japan) and TV Globo (Brasil) as well as many other publications. His work is held in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, South America, China, India and Japan, most notably the collection of the 44th U.S. President, Barack H. Obama.