Yoan Capote uses sculpture, painting, installation, photography, and video to create contemporary art analogies between the visual poetry of inanimate objects and the intangible world of the mind.
He merges incongruous items, such as human organs and mundane objects, to plumb ideas of humanity. His work deals with the intimate and the personal while investigating constructions that are based in power and difference. In a 2010 ARTINFO interview with Scott Indrisek, Capote said, “Over-representation is not an issue for me; it’s actually a characteristic of pop culture that I’m intrigued by. In my case, I consider my use of iconic images a sort of Neuro-Pop, because my approach to the images is conceptual first and foremost. The common thread in all my work is that it is weighted in the condition of the human psyche.”
In Art in America 2006, Eleanor Heartney wrote of Capote’s work, “He creates paradoxical images with political and psychological overtones. In sculptures and beautifully crafted academic drawings, he rearranges the human body and reinvents the purposes of everyday things… Capote’s work is both thought provoking and humorous. He brings to mind the absurdist impossibilities of Rene Magritte, overlaid with a sense of nostalgia for physical experience in an increasingly digital world.”
Capote was born in Havana, Cuba in 1977, where he lives and works. The unique experience of being Cuban influences his work, which often deals with themes of migration or government that reference Cuban identity yet is universally accessible.
Capote has exhibited extensively, including in Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, France, England, Panama, Cuba and the United States. Capote represented Cuba at the (2011) Venice Biennale along with three other artists in Cuba Mon Amour.
Capote’s work is included in many public collections.