Born Madrid, Spain, 1972

Lives and works in New York City



Columbia University, New York, MFA, 2001

The Cooper Union, New York, BFA, 1999




Settlements, Pioneer Works: Center for Art and Innovation, Red Hook, NY


Relics Where..., Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica


Her Affect on Branches (Topography of Contact), Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo


Echo Gambit, White Cube, Hoxton Square, London


Traps, Screens, and Offerings, Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin


Floral Veins, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Games for a Blackout Machine, Guild and Greyshkul, New York, NY


Union and Offerings, Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin

Statements, ARCO Fair, Carlier/Gebauer, Madrid, Spain


Mating Grounds, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

After the Woods: A Selection, PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

In the Woods, (Long-term installation), PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

2003 Arboreal, 31 Grand Inc., Brooklyn, NY




Contemporary Silhouettes: The Art of Cut Paper, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA, Oct.11–Dec.23

Botánica, John Berggruen Gallery, Curated by Todd von Ammon, San Francisco, CA, July 12 –

Wormwood, Ellis King Gallery, Curated by Todd Von Ammon, Dublin, Ireland, July 7 –

The Fall, Apollinaire Fine Arts, London, UK, May 10 – May 28

DRAW / Boston, MASSART, Curated by Tomas Vu Daniel, Boston, MA, January 23 – March 4


Cosmic Connections, TOTAH, New York, NY, October 6 – December 18

Good News, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY, July 28 – August 29

New Prints, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY, February 25 – March 24


Come Together, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Tomas Vu Curated, November 4 – December 2

Conduits, Rabbithole, Jessica Holburn Curated, NY, November 17

Name It By Trying To Name It: Open Sessions 2014 – 2015, The Drawing Center, NY, July 16 – August 30

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Guggenheim, NY, June 5 – September 9

A Weekend In the Country, Magnan Metz, Paul Laster curated, NY, June 18 – August 21

Surface of Revolution, Southampton Arts Center, NY, May – June

Open Sessions 3, The Drawing Center Lab, NY, April 10 – May 15


Mapping Madness, The Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China, December 2014 – March 2015

The Portrait Show, Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

BIRD, Bernaducci-Meisel Gallery, New York, NY


Brucennial 2012: Harder. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer, Brucennial, New York City, NY


Berlin Paris 2011, TORRI, Paris


No New Thing Under The Sun, Royal Academy of the Arts, London      

Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London

PortugalArte10, PortugalArte, Lisbon

Ink, Inc., Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX

Amor Parvi oder Die Liebe zum Kleinen,  Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen

Conversations II, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid


ON FROM HERE, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY

Desenhos: A a Z (Drawings A to Z), Museu da Cidade, Lisbon

Nota Bene,  Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

Pulling from History: The Old Masters, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA


Microwave Six, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY

The Luxury of Love, Vanina Holasek Gallery, New York, NY

Renaissance, Ferragamo Gallery, New York, NY

Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

On Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York City, NY

Art on Paper 2008: The 40th Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC


Multiple Interpretations: Contemporary Prints in Portfolio at the New York Public Library, New York, NY

Every Eye sees differently as the Eye, The Drawing Room, London, UK

Fairy Tale, Myth, and Fantasy: Approaches to Spirituality in Art, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, NY

Like Color in Pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

Salon Nouveau, Engholm Engelham Galerie, Vienna, Austria


Twice Drawn, The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

Upstate, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

Light in August, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington

Block Party: An Exhibition of Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Twice Drawn, The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

Among the Trees, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now, MoMA, New York, NY

Selections from the LeRoy Neiman Center, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY

New York Drawing, Travesia Quatro, Madrid, Spain

Fine Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY

View Eleven: Upstate, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY


On Line, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

Recent Editions, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY

Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

Project Room, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

Greater New York 2005, PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

Hallucinations, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

Sutton Lane in Paris, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris

Can’t See the Forest, Sixspace, Los Angeles, CA


Instinctive, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

I Feel Mysterious Today, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL

Pick-up Lines, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Happy Days are Here Again, David Zwirner, New York, NY

Woodwork, Anthony Grant Inc., New York, NY

How Would You Light Heaven, Carlier/Gebauer, Berlin

Whitney Biennial 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


My Sources Says Yes, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY

Terrarium, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

Druid Wood as a Superconductor, Space 101, Brooklyn, NY

Game Over, Galerie Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich

The New Topography, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Group Show, Grant/Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, 85 Chambers, New York, NY


Miami Ambassador, (collaboration with Lansing-Dreiden), Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL

Amenities, Scope at the Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY

Shallow Interiors, Rivington Arms Gallery, New York, NY


Thesis Exhibition, Columbia University, New York, NY Medium, Roy Neiman Gallery, New York, NY


Part 01, Wallach Gallery, New York, NY


Group, Intercontinental Gallery, Montreal




Contemporary Art Review

Tipton, Gemma, Irish Times, Review: New talent at the Kerlin and 23 artists at Ellis King, Aug 1, 2017


Totah, David, Cosmic Connections (Catalogue), Ed. 500, TOTAH, New York, October 6, 2016


Dover, Caitlin,

Holburn, Jess,


Vu, Tomas; Zuo, Yuan, Mapping Madness, The Inside/Outside Museum (catalogue), Beijing, China


Valli, Marc; Ibarra, Ana, Walk the Line: The Art of Drawing, Laurence King Publishing, UK, 2013

Caivano, Ernesto, Ernesto Caivano: Settlements – Selected Works 2002 – 2013, Pioneer Works, Intercourse Publishing, NY, May 18, 2013


May, Susan, Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, July 8 – August 28 (Catalogue)

Hack, Jefferson, Another Art Book, Edition 7L, Steidl (book)

Pagel, David, Art Review: Ernesto Caivano at Richard Heller Gallery, LA Times, April 9, 2010

Peck, Derek, New York Minute | Ernesto Caivano,, March 15, 2010


Trezzi, Nicola, From Commodities to Talismans: Modernity as a Remedy to the Aftermath, Flash Art, No.267, July – September 2009.

Between the Lines: A Coloring Book of Drawings by Contemporary Artists, Vol. 2, RxArt,


Kalus, Zoe, Saatchi Online TV at Ernesto Caivano: White Cube,

Coomer, Martin, Ernesto Caivano: Echo Gambit at White Cube Hoxton Square, London, Art on Paper, November/December 2008, p. 87

Olson, Marisa S., Ernesto Caivano – The Return of Beautiful, Planet Magazine, Winter 2008, pp. 22 – 25

Ernesto Caivano, Amelia’s Magazine, Issue 9, July 2008, pp. 114 – 117

Geldard, Rebecca, Art: Ernesto Caivano, Time Out London, July 21, 2008, p. 63

Morton, Tom; Ribas, João, Ernesto Caivano - Echo Gambit, Jay Jopling / White Cube (London), July 2008

Pill, Steve, Exhibitions / Ernesto Caivano – Echo Gambit, MetroLife, July 9, 2008

Oliver, William. After the Woods, Another Magazine. 2008.


LeMieux-Ruibal, Bruno. Contrasts / Spaniards in New York, Lapiz, Issue 237-238, 2007, pp. 116 – 133

Van de Walle, Mark. Ernesto Caivano, Elle Décor April 2007, pp. 70 – 72.


Agneessens, Sebastien, Nano, Something in the Way #3, October, 2006 (interview/cover)

Asper, Colleen, Ernesto Caivano, Beautiful/Decay, Issue: O, 2006, p. 40 – 41

Bagner, Alex, 50 People, Places, Things: People|Radar, Wallpaper, October 2006, p. 257

Bedford, Christopher, Ernesto Caivano,, Critic’s Picks (Los Angeles), Sept./Oct., 2006 

BlackBook, October/November, 2006, p. 106

Cascade, Rebecca, Talent Show: Ernesto Caivano, W Magazine, November, 2006, p. 206

Glueck, Grace, The Enduring Allure of Scratching on Metal, New York Times, Thursday, March 9, 2006

Grant, Annette, How to Spot the Kubrick in Edvard Munch, New York Times, Sunday, March 19, 2006

Mendelsohn, Meredith, The New Romantics, Art News, February 2006, p.123

Muchnic, Suzanne, Look, Then Look Again, LA Times, Sunday, September 17, 2006 (Interview/review)

Regan, Kai, Studio Visit, BlackBook, Issue 47, October/November 2006 (photographic portfolio)

Wells, Jonathan, First Person, Res Magazine, January/February 2006, p.40 – 41


Dexter, Emma, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon, (Drawing Survey), November 2005

Hsu, Ellen Y., After the Woods, Eleven Eleven, Volume 2, 2005, p. 15 – 19

Kold, Anders, On Line, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, (Show catalogue), p. 9 – 11

Molon, Dominic, I Feel Mysterious Today, Palm Beach institute of Contemporary Art, Show catalogue

Myers, Holly, Ernesto Caivano at Richard Heller Gallery, Art News, January 2005, p. 132 – 4

Ross, Trine, Gode og gale streger, Politiken, 2. Sektion, Lordag 5., November 2005, p. 8

Spiegel, Olga, Impressiones de ARCO, La Vanguardia, Feb 12, 2005


Barnes, Brooks, Your First Picasso, The Wall Street Journal: Weekend Journal, April 9, 2004

Cameron, Dan; Danto Arthur C.; Vendrame, Simona, New York, 03 - 13 – 04, Tema Celeste, May/June 2004

Cameron, Dan; Dan Fox, Jennifer Higgie, Matthew Higgs, Katy Siegel, Roberta Smith, and Neville Wakefield,  

American Pie, The 2004 Whitney Biennial, Frieze, May 2004, p. 64

Casadio, Mariuccia, Dreamy, Vogue Italia, May 2004, p. 230

Cotter, Holland, Duck! It’s Whitney Biennial Season Again, The New York Times, March 7, 2004

Eleey, Peter, Ernesto Caivano, Frieze, October 2004, p. 152

Griffin, Tim, Out of the Past: Tim Griffin Talks with the Whitney Biennial Curators, Artforum, January 2004

Kimmelman, Michael, Touching All Bases At the Biennial, The New York Times, March 12, 2004

Korotkin, Joyce B., The Neo-Baroque Era, Tema Celeste, July/August 2004, p. 38

Kunitz, Daniel, Snapshots – and Painting! – From the Cutting Edge, The New York Sun, March 11, 2004

Littman, Brett, After the Woods, Art on Paper, July/August 2004, p. 36 - 39

Milroy, Sarah, Art in a Tremulous Time, The Globe and Mail, March 17, 2004, p. R1

Psyllos, Steven, Ernesto Caivano, New York Press, June 23 – 29, 2004, p.32

Robinson, Andy, Arte Para Tiempos de Angustia, La Vanguardia, March 13, 2004

Rothkopf, Scott, Subject Matters, Artforum, May 2004 p. 176

Sanders, Mark, Canopy Activity, Another Magazine, Autumn/Winter 2004, p. 18 - 29

Sundell, Margaret, The Today Show, Time Out New York, March 25, 2004

Sozanski, Edward J., A View from the Front Lines, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 14, 2004

Triff, Alfredo, Homegrown Style, Miami New Times, February 5, 2004

Utter, Douglas Max, Ernesto Caivano @ P.S. 1, Angle, Issue #14 - June 2004



MoMA / Museum of Modern Art, NY, New York

Guggenheim Museum, NY, New York

The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, New York

The New York Public Library, NY, New York

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

Erica Hoffman Collection, Berlin, Germany

Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden

LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, California

MoCA / The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, California



Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant — New York, NY (2017)

Leroy Neiman Center for Prints — Artist in Residence Print Projects — (2005, 2014 – 2015)

Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, Residency (2014 – 2016)

Steep Rock Residency & Grant — Washington, CT (2007)

Hayward Prize of the American Austrian Foundation (2002)

Salzburg Kunstakademie Fellowship, Salzburg, Austria (2002)

Joan Sovern Award, Columbia University, New York, NY (2001)

Hayward Prize of the American Austrian Foundation (2001)



Columbia University — Lecture and Visiting Artist, Senior Thesis Class — Prof. Tomas Vu Daniel, (2014)

Pioneer Works: Center for Art and Innovation — Lecture (2013)

American Federation of Arts — Lecture Series (2009)

Guggenheim Museum — Lecture (2009)

The Drawing Center Lecture (2007)

Parsons School, Visiting Artist and Studio Visits (2007)

MoMA — The Persistence of Figuration —Lecture and Talk with Dana Schutz and Glenn Lowry (2006)

Basic Drawing Class, Columbia University (Fall 2002)