Carlos Estévez is one of the most prominent Cuban artists of his generation. Painter, sculptor and photographer, Estévez has been active for well over twenty years. He was born in 1969 in Havana, Cuba, and started studying art at a very early age, commencing at the 20th of October Elementary School of the Arts (Escuela Elemental de Artes Plásticas 20 de Octubre) in Havana, continuing to Havana’s San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, and later to the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) also in Havana.
Estévez works with a wide array of mediums, through which he embodies various philosophical and artistic concepts that explore the relationship between man and the universe, and often reflect Cuban social and political realities. His most recognizable paintings and drawings often feature Estévez’s trademark, marionette puppets he creates using star-like dots connected with lines that create the mesmerizing effects of star constellations. Estevez’s visions transcend everyday experience, as if the bankruptcy of future utopias had forced him to create a realm of beliefs and knowledge anchored in the solid bastions of universal history, culture, and myth. His drawings and canvases have combined images of animals, human anatomy, and mechanical blueprints within the fixed grids of cartography. He does this by means of transparencies that recall treatises of esotericism, alchemy, acupuncture, or Da Vinci’s anatomical codices. “My main tools,” he has stated, “are metaphors of man’s existential questions, for instance, his power, his weakness, his essence, and his mission in the universe”
Estévez has taken part in many artist residences such as the Félix González-Torres Community Art Project of the Florida International University in Miami, the Boston Arts Academy, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, the Sacatar Foundation in Salvador, Bahía, Brazil, the OMI International Arts Center, in New York, the UNAM (National Autonome University of Mexico) in Mexico, among others. He also held a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout his career. His work has been exhibited worldwide including National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, Cuba, Los Angeles, Center of Contemporary Art in New Orleans, Switzerland, Paris, Japan, Spain, and VI and VII Havana Biennial, Cuba. In 2009 he had his first retrospective at UB Galleries, Buffalo University, NY. His work is part of collections such as the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana in Cuba, The Bronx Museum, Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and Miami Art Museum. Most recently he has shown his work at Lyle O’Reitzel Gallery in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Taylor Bercier Fine Art, New Orleans, Couturier Gallery, among many other locations around the world.
He is currently living and working in Miami, Florida.