Born Havana, Cuba
Currently lives and works in Miami, Florida
Estevez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1969. He was educated at the Elemental School of Plastic Arts 20 de Octubre, at the San Alejandro Academy, and at the Superior Institute of Art (ISA), all in Havana, Cuba. Estevez left Cuba in 2003 and came to Miami in 2004.Estevez was invited to the First Biennale of Contemporary Art in Martinique and last year he was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors. His pieces can be found as part of the collections of prestigious museums and institutions such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museo del Bronx, New York,Kunst Forum Ludwig, Aachen, Germany; Fundación Arte Viva, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and the Perez Art Museum Miami, among many others.
His work has always gravitated towards spiritual and philosophical themes and from very early in his career he has been interested in the medieval era, which led him to discover alchemy. He became aware of its existence as a scientific and a philosophical tendency and applied it to his art. He also adopted the symbolism used by alchemists and included it in his work, making it part of his artistic language and bringing the centuries-old practice to life.
He has distinguished himself for his iconography, which includes hybrid creatures, half human and half animals. His characters have human bodies and birds’ heads, or vice versa, birdcages as bodies and human heads. He has created exquisite metaphors of parallels between the animal world and mechanics. In his eyes, all has been done before by nature, in the incredible and complex natural world.
Over the years Estévez’s work has evolved and matured, developing a complex imagery. His cosmogony has been nourished by a broad spectrum of sources: from medieval literature, illuminated manuscripts, antique philosophy treatises and esoteric books, among others. If we had to define Estévez’s work we could say that it is about his constant questioning of life and the surrounding world; it is his inquisitive overview of humankind and of his place in the world.