Ernesto Caivano constructs imaginary narratives of medieval chivalry, fantastic heroes, and personified animals, and surreal topographies. In his portfolio of twelve etchings Knight Interlude, Caivano further explores aestheticized myth via the emblematic form of the knight. With each progressive plate, the armored figure remains a constant central form slowly metamorphosed into a fantastic, cosmic tree. The images narrate a knight being slowly engulfed by the steady surreal growth of the surrounding natural landscape. The viewer is left with the portfolio's final impression of the knight's own resurrection, a glowing negative image of his original silhouette. Caivano's use of etching further extends his primary monochromatic, graphic style also exercised in the use of ink, gouache and watercolor.
Almost ten years after the first collaboration, Caivano was invited back to the print studio to work with Master Printer Doug Bennett. His explorations in intaglio led to a new series of editions collectively entitled Ocular Moons and Ocular Moons (in Black). The etchings effectively capture his delicate line, printed in both black ink and white ink on a black chine colle. Caivano also explored possibilities in photogravure and offset lithography.
Ernesto Caivano was born in Madrid, Spain, 1972 and graduated from Columbia University in 2001 with a MFA in Visual Arts. He has received numerous grants including the Salzburg Kunstakademie Fellowship, the Hayward Prize of the American Austrian Foundation and The Community Foundation Grant and the Joan Sovern Award. His solo exhibitions include Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. Caivano has been included in various recent group shows at Guild and Greyshkul, New York, Bronx River Art Center, Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich, Grant/Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, P.S. 1 Moma, New York, and the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He currently lives and works in New York.