Ester Partegàs is a visual artist and educator that splits her time between New York City, Marfa TX and Barcelona. She holds an MFA in Sculpture, Universitat de Barcelona, and Postgraduate Diploma on Multimedia Arts, Universität der Künste Berlin.
Her work seeks, discovers and produces questions about worth, loss and renewal thru close observation of the familiar. With a varied formal vocabulary that incorporates sculpture, image, painting and text, her work confronts old habits of looking while proposing a renewed relationship with our most immediate material world.
Partegàs has shown extensively, nationally and internationally. Most recent shows include NoguerasBlanchard, Madrid (2022 solo); Fundació Joan Miró (2021); Pure Joy, Marfa TX (2020, solo); Conde Duque, Madrid (2020); The Drawing Center, NY (2019); the Museum of the City in NY (2019); Transborder Biennial / Bienal Transfronteriza, El Paso Museum of Art + Museo de Arte Ciudad Juárez (2018). Other shows include MACBA Barcelona; Sculpture Center, NY; Artist’s Space, NY; Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Public Art Fund, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MACRO Museum/Depart Foundation, Rome; and the Moscow, Busan and Athens Biennials among others.
In 2004 she received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, in 2014 a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and a COVID Relief Fund from Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2020, among others. She has been a resident at the Chinati Foundation, MacDowell, and Skowhegan, among others. She has been faculty at Yale School of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, SUNY Purchase and currently at Parsons School of Design. Her work is represented by NoguerasBlanchard in Barcelona and Madrid.
Partegàs is currently residing in Rome, Italy, as the Nancy B. Negley Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, September 2, 2022 to July 14, 2023