Esterio Segura was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1970. He attended the Elementary School of Plastic Arts in Camagüey (1982-1985) in which he later taught, then the Provincial School of Plastic Arts and Ballet in the same city . Finally, in 1989, he began a course at the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana which he completed in 1994.
Leading figure in the Cuban contemporary art scene, Esterio Segura is known for his works combining poetry and imaginative power, and considered as one of the most controversial artists of his generation.
In his paintings, sculptures, and installations, he uses humorous imagery to approach Cuban history loaded with social and political concerns. His work is rich in inspirations such as mythological and popular imagerie, religious art, Spanish Baroque and paintings of Caravaggio.
The heroism, religious rituals and use of symbols are also recurring themes in his work. Recently, Segura incorporated text elements into his works. He expresses his claims and ideals through works such as "Goodbye My Love", a sculpture combining the wings of an airplane with the simplified and popular representation of a heart. Here, the artist leaves us the choice of interpretation ranging from the most cheesy and sentimental to the most controversial from a social and political point of view. For the artist, "Goodbye My Love" refers to the experience of uprooting, nostalgia, memory, loss, ultimately how we experience decomposition, the destruction of everything we love.
Esterio Segura's work "Hybrid of Chrysler" made an impression at the 57th Venice Biennale. “Hybrid of Chrysler” has been described as a work expressing “the beauty of resistance” and “excessive creativity”, imaginatively exploiting the minimal resources available on an island whose streets are crossed by almendrones - the old American automobiles serving as taxis. The artist himself calls this work "a provocation to fly, an invitation (for Cubans) to the magic of going beyond the limit of the waters of the island, to realize their own dreams with a symbol of success: the American limousine as an object of worship and idolatry, a sex symbol, a symbol of power. "
In 1988, he won the prize of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). Between 1995 and 1996, he was artist-in-residence at the Gaswork Studio in London. In 1997, he was artist-in-residence at the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, in Aachen, Germany. We can no longer count the number of his personal and collective exhibitions around the world. He participated in the Havana biennials in 1991, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, in the Cuenca Biennale in 1998, in the Caribbean and Central America - Dominican Republic biennial, in 2013, Sao Paul in 2004, Venice in 2017 and will be at the Dakar Biennale in December 2019.
Since 1997 he has been present in the most important international fairs of contemporary art (ARCO- Art Chicago - ARTE-BA in Buenos-Aire - Berlin - Art Paris - Art Basel Miami - Pulse, New York - Arte America, Miami ...
His artworks can be found in the collections of the largest museums: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Nueva York. Bronx Museum, Nueva York. Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, USA. Museum of Latin American Art of the University of Essex, England. Museum of Arizona University, Estados Unidos. Museum of the University of South Florida, Tampa. Pérez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM), Miami, Florida, and in large private collections around the world.
SOLO & GROUP SHOW
SOLO SHOW (SELECTION)
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.
Lost Luggage. National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba.
GROUP SHOW (SELECTION)
Cuba, Salt Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Cuban Visions. Metropolitan Pavilion. New York, USA.
En otra dimension (In a Different Dimension). Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
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.
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.
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.
Mention of the Fidelio Ponce de León Salon, Camagüey, Cuba.
Prize of the Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) in Camagüey, Cuba.
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;
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