Nelson Cabán was born in 1982 in New York City and currently travels between studios in Harlem, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He studied fine arts at the prestigious Cooper Union (USA) and Estudio 13 (Spain), honing the craft of traditional Western techniques and mediums. Growing up in 80s NYC, he realized the potential social impact of visual art.
Culture, history, and the eternal struggle for social justice are inspirations of his work and reflects not only a personal creative journey but also represents the social, political and cultural realities of different peoples, both contemporary and historical. His art has always been about getting people to rethink the injustices in the world, but more importantly to empower individuals to believe that they can do something powerful with their lives.
In 2012, the artist opened Atelier Agüeybanà in the Fo Tan artist district of Hong Kong, where the majority of his work is now created. Nelson Cabán has exhibited throughout the United States, France, Hong Kong and Japan. He has been featured in Time Out New York, The New York Times, Clam Magazine (France), Metropolis Magazine (Japan) and TV Globo (Brasil) as well as many other publications. Furthermore, his works are held in private collections throughout the world, most notably the 44th U.S. President, Barack H. Obama.