Tony Capellán was born in Tamboril, a municipality of the Santiago province in
the Dominican Republic, in 1955.
A’ versatile artist, who excelled in painting, installation, and sculpture,’ he graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and studied engraving, intaglio, and serigraph, at the Art Student League of New York.
In 1979, Capellán held his first solo exhibition, Figuras de Tiempo, in Santo Domingo.
In 1996, he received international acclaim for his plastic and rubber sandals with barbed wire installation " Mar Caribe" (Caribbean Sea). Capellán collected used sandals along the bank of the Ozama River in Santo Domingo, where they had washed up. The toe strap from each flip-flop was replaced with barbed wire, transforming this footwear into a symbol of political and economic hardship.
In 2015, he was part of the exhibition ‘Poetics of Relation’ at Perez Art Museum
Capellan died in 2017 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Mixed media on canvas
52 1/2” x 24”