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Artist Statement

Nelson Cabán

Nelson Cabán was born in 1982 in New York City and currently divides his time between work studios in Brooklyn and Hong Kong, China. Growing up during the early 80s in NYC he realized the impact visual art could upon people and how it could serve as a means to formulate and present one's own narrative and express everyday reality. He has studied art and art history 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 may serve as a vessel to aid in the education process, provoke dialogue, effect change, and spur growth.

Culture, history, and the eternal struggle for social justice are the inspirations of his work and therefore reflects not only a personal creative journey but also serve as representations of the social, political and cultural realities of many different peoples, both contemporary and historical. His art has always centered upon social issues and political narratives. It has always been about getting people to rethink the injustices in the world, but more importantly to empower people, to believe in themselves, and 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 his work 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, Western Europe, South America, China India and Japan, but most notably the collection of the 44th U.S. President Barack H. Obama.