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Nelson Cabán: From Spanish Harlem to International Artist

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Artist Statement

Nelson Cabán grew up during the 1980s in New York City realizing at an early age the impact visual arts could have 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), experimenting and honing disparate 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.  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 instill people with the confidence 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. Cabán has exhibited his work in one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States, 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), and others. His work is held in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, China and Japan, but most notably in the private collection of U.S. President Barack H. Obama.

Source: http://nelsoncaban.com

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