Esterio Segura

Curriculum

Santiago de Cuba, 1970.

1994 He graduates from the Higher Institute of Art, Havana.
1989 He graduates from the Professional School of Art, Camagüey, Cuba.
1985 He graduates from the Elementary School of Art, Camagüey, Cuba.

Solo Shows
2012 Goodbye my love, José Martí International Airport, Havana, 11th Havana Biennial.
Submarino hecho en casa (Home-made Submarine), Villa Manuela, 11th Havana Biennial.
Tiburón blanco (White Shark), Behind the Wall, Cuban Art Project, 11th Havana Biennial. Servando Cabrera Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
De tal palo tal astilla (The Father, the Son) (bi-personal with Aisar Jalil), Development Center for the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba.
2009 Lost Luggage. National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.

Group Exhibitions
2012 Cuba, Salt Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA.
2011 Cuban Visions. Metropolitan Pavilion. New York, USA.
2010 En otra dimension (In a Different Dimension). Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
2009 Confuencias Inside. Contemporary Cuban Art. National Spanish Cultural Center, Art Museum, Albuquerque, USA.
El trazo del fuego (The Trace of Fire). La Cometa Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia.
Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul. Traveling in USA (Connecticut, New York, Louisiana)
HB. Pabexpo Fairground. Havana, Cuba.
2008 Erótica, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
Cartografías de una Isla de ultramar (Cartographies of an Overseas Island), National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.

Prizes
1992: Prize of the National Museum, Fourth Salon of Awarded Artists, Havana; Prize of the Fidelio Ponce de León Salon, Camagüey, Cuba; Mention at the Fourth Small Format Sculpture Biennial, Havana. 1991: Mention of the Fidelio Ponce de León Salon, Camagüey, Cuba. 1988: Prize of the Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) in Camagüey, Cuba.

Collections
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, USA; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, USA; Bronx Museum, New York, USA; Museum of Latin American Art of the University of Essex, England, USA; Museum of the University of Arizona, USA; private collections in Cuba, France, Germany, England, USA, Holland, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Israel, Italy, Spain, Canada and South Africa.

Statement

He has faced his work of the last 20 years as a research process that has gradually developed and revealed itself through projects reflecting on different themes, starting by the processes of creating culture, like, for example, the project Occidente Tropical (Tropical West), where the eclectic and syncretic essence of the Cuban socio-cultural context was the starting point of each work.
Mística del Resguardo y la Gozadera (Mystic of Protection and Pleasure) emphasizes on eroticism mixed with political and religious fetishes that have influenced in that same creation of culture. Up to this point, the work parted from very contextual reflections, to evolve toward concerns proper of the human being, going through projects such as Los Secretos (The Secrets), Sobre cómo aprendió a caminar la Tierra (On How the Earth Learned to Walk), Habanos Libres (Free Habanos), Cacería (Hunting Party), No todo lo que vuela se come (Not All That Flies is Edible). Or like in the most recent project Submarino hecho en casa (Home-made Submarine), where basically he designs personalized prototypes of hybrids of Russian submarines and U.S. cars.
Esterio defines his work as follows: “My work is my philosophy of life, which I practice thoroughly: to transcend any space, culture or history, avoiding clinging to any specific aesthetics or representation. Every object of reflection runs the risk of becoming a work of art”.

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