Varda Caivano has said that her subtle, amorphous, mutedly chromatic abstract paintings ‘are built on layers, they are thoughts or monologues, moments that grow over time’. Here, the ungovernable fluidity of perception is essayed in the fluid stuff of paint, and to look at these canvases is to see an intuitive, playful, yet determinedly rigorous and self-questioning mind at work. If abstraction has historically often dealt in (somewhat brittle) heroism, Caivano instead embraces vulnerability and doubt, exhibiting a Beckettian resolve to ‘fail better’ at the impossible task of reconciling cognition and its expression, and in the process creating works in which the limit conditions of painting are tested and retested.


Caivano studied at Goldsmiths College (2000-2001) and the Royal College of Art (2002-2004), London (UK). Recent solo exhibitions include venues such as Lulu, Mexico City, MX (2022), Mendes Wood, São Paolo, BR and Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JP (2021).


Selected group exhibitions: the Hayward Gallery Touring show Slow Painting (2019, curated by Martin Herbert); The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, IT (2015, curated by Massimiliano Gioni); and British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet at the Hayward Gallery, London, UK and touring (2010-11, curated by Tom Morton and Lisa Le Feuvre).


Selected collections: British Council Collection (UK); National Museum of Art, Osaka (JP); Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK) and The Taguchi Art Collection (JP).

Varda Caivano participates in the exhibition The Kingfisher's Wing, July 21 - August 19, 2022. For more information about the artist please vist Victoria Miro.