Esterio Segura

Born in Havana, Cuba and now lives and works in Miami, and Havana.
1994 – MA from the Superior Institute of Arts (ISA), Havana City, Cuba.
1989 – BFA from the Professional School of Arts, Camagüey City, Cuba. 

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BiographY

Esterio Segura was born in Havana, Cuba and now lives and works in Miami and Havana. His work include painting, sculpture and installation, which he makes use of humorous imagery to address socially and politically charged themes from Cuban history and his immigration to the US. He has been exhibited in the US, Latin America, and Europe.

Segura has become equally known for his drawings, paintings, and, more recently, prints. Segura’s compositions are witty and wry combinations of recognizable and iconic images borrowed from mythology, popular imagery, religious art, and art history, particularly from the Counter-Reformation, the Spanish Baroque, and the work of Caravaggio. Recurring themes in his work include eroticism, religious rituals, and the use of symbols. Recently, he has also incorporated text elements into his works. Text and titles have always been highly important for Segura, who believes that “titles are my thoughts getting concrete,” saying they offer the viewer an entry point into the work.

“Crowded with fantastic ideas and strong images, Segura’s work resonates with the angst of the Cuban people. Yet it is resolved in such a poetic way that the resilient beauty and creativity of life on the island is made clear.” (Kathy Zimmerer, 2002).

Education
1994 – MA from the Superior Institute of Arts (ISA), Havana City, Cuba.
1989 – BFA from the Professional School of Arts, Camagüey City, Cuba. 

Selected One-Person Exhibitions
His first solo exhibition took place in the Escuela Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Ballet, Camagüey, Cuba in 1986. In 1996 the show Bird and Fish: In the Freezer was seen at the Gasworks Studios, London. In 1997 he showed Habanos libres y yo. Fotografías y dibujos at the Fundación Ludwig de Cuba, Havana. In 1999 he presented Espacio ocupado por un sueño at Centro Wifredo Lam in Havana.

Selected Group Exhibitions
Among the collective exhibitions was La Misión, seen at the Dominico San Juan de Letrán Convent Gallery, Havana, in 1992. In 1993 Mora was part of an important and famous exhibition, Las metáforas del templo at the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales in Havana. Una de Cada Clase was the name of an exhibition in 1995 organized by the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. In 1998 he was in the show La isla a flote at the Der Brücke Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1999 he presented Trabajando p’al inglé at the Concourse Gallery, Barbican Center, London.

Collections
Esterio Segura’s work can be found in the permanent collection of MOMA (New York); the MOLAA (Long Beach, CA); the Latin American Art Museum, University of Essex (England); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana (Cuba); Kendall Art Center The Rodriguez Collection (Miami, FL), and in corporate and private collections in the Americas and Europe.

Selected Bibliography/Catalogue/Press
In The Galleries:Exploring How Body Language is a Visual Form of Communications by (6/2021)

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