Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Bruce Cayonne, artist in residence

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen

Bruce Cayonne is Alice Yard’s eighth artist in residence at documenta fifteen. From 29 August to 10 September, 2022, he is based between WH22 and Trafo Haus in Kassel, collaborating with other artists and collectives to make hand-painted signs for various activations of the documenta fifteen lumbung.


Bruce Cayonne is an artist and sign painter based in Arima, Trinidad. He has been painting fete signs for the past thirty years. His iconic work has come to define the visual landscape and history of Trinidad and Tobago with his signature fete style — bold, precise lettering against colourful and vibrant gradient backgrounds, each sign hand-painted on hardboard and hammered onto lightposts.

Over the past three decades, Cayonne has produced thousands of signs and has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians, such as DJs like Kabuki, Dr Hyde, Howie T, Foreigner, and Nyahbinghi, and visual artists like Christopher Cozier (T&T), Blue Curry (UK/Bahamas) and ds4si/Intelligent Mischief (USA).

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