Ester Partegàs (Barcelona, 1972) is an artist who creates conditions of possibility for building forms of relation against the backdrop of global flows of capital and their attendant power structures. She dismembers, recombines and reuses low cost materials in her hand-built sculptures that focus attention on the systems of value with which we live. Partegàs also draws closely on her personal history addressing experiences, and effects, of disjunction and dislocation.

Partegàs has shown extensively, nationally and internationally. Most recent shows include TEA Tenerife (2023), Palazzo Delle Exposition, Rome (2023) NoguerasBlanchard, Madrid (2022 solo); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2021); Essex Flowers (2021); Pure Joy, Marfa TX (2020, solo); Conde Duque, Madrid (2020); The Drawing Center, NY (2019); the Museum of the City of 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.

She was the recipient of the 2022-2023 Rome Prize for Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome, a 2014 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and a 2004 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2004), among others. She has been an artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa TX; MacDowell, and Skowhegan, among others. She has been faculty at the Yale School of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, SUNY Purchase and since 2016 at Parsons School of Design. Based in New York City, she is a part-time resident of Marfa TX and Barcelona.

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