Contemporary Art

Esteban Del Valle

United States 1984

Urban Art

Esteban Del Valle
Esteban Del Valle
United States
August 20, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Esteban del Valle is a American interdisciplinary artist currently exploring issues surrounding the relationship between theology and the pursuit of “true” democracy. Drawn to the iconic imagery of revolutionary struggles as they appear in the genre of history painting, photography, and film, Esteban has been investigating the moral and ethical questions pertaining to the use of “force” in the struggle for justice and equality. His work often takes the form of large mixed media drawings on canvas.

Esteban was born 1984 in  Chicago and earned his BFA in Art History and Painting from Southern Illinois University and a Masters Degree in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.

He did his first tag on a school bench when he was in junior high school. Soon, he was hitting the back of K-Mart and piecing under nearby bridges.  In that time he had a crew with all friends who was into hip hop and they called themselves  FYM (Free Your Mind). Hip-hop and Chicago’s rich mural culture had big influence on his work. What Esteban especially loves about street art is that it inspires people to take to the streets to do more than just their names.

He doesn’t like to work from sketches. He would rather sketch on a wall. But much of what he does has to be pre-approved, and so he needs to have a basic drawing of what he plans to paint. “I’m more experimental and I’m more about moving to do what challenges me.”

Some of his favorites artists are: Carrie Moyer, Haig Aivazian, Jayson Musson, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Dave McKenzie, Os Gemeos and Poser aka Pose MSK.

Esteban has produced murals throughout various parts of the USA, such as New York, NY, Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, and Kansas City, MO, Spartanburg, SC, and Provincetown, MA. He has been in numerous publications and his mural work has been featured on HGTV, NY1 News, News 12 Brooklyn, and the New York Times.  In 2009, while at the Hub-Bub residency in Spartanburg South Carolina, Esteban collaborated with the Spartanburg city ballet to create their fall production. In 2010, Esteban was both a writer in resident at ISLAND in Michigan and a visual artist in residence at the Djerassi Program in California. In 2011, Esteban worked in Los Angles designing a set for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection Filly Brown and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Most recently, he has completed a 7-month fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

Esteban Del Valle lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014EMPIRIASuperchief Gallery at culture fix, New York, NYGroup
2014Track 1Exit Room Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2013Pulso: Arte de las Americas/Art of the AmericasThe Fed Galleries at KCAD, Grand Rapids, MIGroup
2013Contemporary Drawing TodayFort Worth Drawing Center, Fort Worth, TXGroup
2011ReformationSomerset County Jail. Skowhegan, MEGroup
2011Hub-Bub Artist in Residence Group ShowThe Showroom. Spartanburg, SCGroup
2010The Drawing ShowTompkins Projects. Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010False ProphetsAspen Alternative Artspaces. Aspen, COGroup
2010Independent Film SeriesUniversity of South Carolina Upstate. Spartanburg, SCGroup
2010That revolt gives life its valueThe Showroom. Spartanburg, SCSolo
2010Cycles of Thought and Action: the Development of Environmental Studies (Mural Project)Wofford College. Spartanburg, SCSolo
2009East/West 2009: Emerging Artist ExchangeCenter on Contemporary Art. Seattle, WAGroup
2009Entry ShowThe Showroom. Spartanburg, SCGroup
2009Geography of ImaginationThe Adam’s House. New York, NYGroup
2009New InsightArt Chicago. Chicago, ILGroup
2009One Nation (Under God?)Gelman Gallery – RISD Museum. Providence, RIGroup
2009Friedrich Nietzsche as the Underground Man in Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground (Mural Project)Spartanburg, SCSolo
2008AlignmentBenson Gallery. Providence, RIGroup
2008Body & RitualSol Koffler. Providence, RIGroup
2007The Narcissus EffectThe Glove Factory. Carbondale, ILSolo
2007Love Life (Mural Project)Two Boutique. Carbondale, ILSolo
2006Process: From Hand to Mouth (Mural Project)Long Branch Cafe. Carbondale, ILSolo
2005Home and Garden Television (Mural Project)Chicago, ILSolo