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Adalky Capellán

Adalky Capellán, "Ifé Velma George", Acrylic paint on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, 2020

Artist Name: Adalky Capellán
Residency Dates: February – May 2022
Born: 1991
Hometown: Washington Heights, NYC
Lives & Works: New York
URL: / @adalky_art


Adalky F. Capellán is a New York based artist and graduate of DePauw University. The influences of her artwork reflect the fabric of Afro-Caribbean women, community storytelling, and history that is woven into Washington Heights. She currently paints figurative works on canvas and on paper about community members in her community.

Over the past decade, her interest lies in grassroots collaborations that use art as a way to empower and document the community members while displacement lingers in the community, reflected through new neighbors or local businesses closing down. She was a member of the Atelier Artist Residency sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Art Alliance (NoMAA), Broadway Community Housing, No Longer Empty in 2010, and Chashama RFP in 2018-2020.

Her illustrative work was also featured in La Galeria, a magazine, and others. Since then, she’s worked as a housing organizer and in housing tech spaces helping folks join in the fight using technology in documenting their housing situations in protection for potential housing court cases. Currently, she is an art specialist at Adapt Network in Brooklyn teaching art to artists who identify as differently-abled.

Support: Adalky Capellán’s residency is made possible with support from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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