Ester Partegàs is a visual artist and educator. Born in La Garriga, Barcelona, in 1972, she lives and works in New York City and Marfa, Texas.
Her work originates in a fascination with urban space and its most unassuming commodities. Generic items, such as plastic crates, shopping bags, tarpaulins, receipts and bar-coded labels speak about a shared social, economic and affective reality that is as mundane and invisible, as it is powerful in determining behaviors and habits. She addresses conflicts that play out in the material world presenting the potential wonder of the most immediate, with the belief that there is a reciprocal process by which things make us as much as we make things.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues such as the Sculpture Center, LIC, NY; the Whiteny Museum of American Art at Altria, NY; Columbus Museum of Art, OH; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Arnolfini, Bristol; the Moscow, Athens and Busan Biennials; among others. She is represented by Foxy Production, New York; Christopher Grimes, Santa Monica, CA; and NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona/Madrid.
Partegàs has held teaching positions at the Sculpture Department of Yale University; at the Sculpture + Extended Media Department of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA; at SUNY Purchase, NY; and at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She is currently teaching at Parsons/ The New School in NY.Download CV