Cian Dayrit is an intermedia artist working with painting, sculpture, and installation. Straddling between fact and fiction, Dayrit’s works explore origins and histories, and their representations, in visual apparatus, from the map, curiosity cabinet and on to the museum. With an interdisciplinary practice rooted in the exploration of colonialism, ethnography, archaeology, history and mythology, Dayrit seeks to interrogate notions of power and memory, as framed by institutions, in particular museums, mass media and the state.
His work has been shown in a number of international solo and group exhibitions, including Songs for Sabotage 2018 Triennial, New Museum, New York (2018); Long Green Lizards, Dak’Art 2018, IFAN Museum of African Arts, Dakar (2018); Busis Ibat Ha Kanayunan (Voices from the Hinterland), Outpost, Makati City (2017); Almost There, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Quezon City (2016); Exposition, Lopez Memorial Museum, Pasig (2016); Popular Exotica, Kaida Gallery, Quezon City (2015); Spectacles of the Third World, Tin-Aw Gallery, Makati City (2015); Paperviews 14: On Immanence, Project Space Pilipinas, Lucban (2014); Applied Savagery, Now Gallery, Makati City (2013); March 32, Café 1951, Manila (2012); Seeds of Deceit, Kaida Contemporary, Quezon City (2011).
Dayrit was awarded the CCP Thirteen Artists Awards in 2018 and the Ateneo Art Awards in 2017. In 2017 he was an artist-in-residence at the Bellas Artes Projects in Bataan. He graduated from the University of Philippines in 2011 with a BFA in Painting.
Born in 1989 in Manila, Philippines, Dayrit currently lives and works in Manila.