Esther Cuesta


Born in Avilés, 1964

Esther Cuesta continues to use her ink to paint imaginary cities and landscapes, magical worlds of naïve appearance and great attraction, on sized silk paper.

The artist delves into the fragmentary, into the pieces of torn and superimposed paper with which she achieves an uneven pictorial skin of different textures. The series combines inks with glazes and transparencies from which a geometric landscape emerges. And as has already been emphasised on previous occasions, there is a balanced lyricism that opts for a figurative language intertwined with abstraction, with spots of colour extending across the painting, sometimes dominating the space and leaving the cities diluted in the face of this demonstration of expressiveness. In some works, bubbles float in the wide fields of colour, concealing mysterious landscapes within them, while in others movement forms part of the composition, adding liveliness. In these works, the perspective is altered and the buildings are turned towards the viewer, threatening or hiding behind the stain, as if they really came to life and were part of an animated spectacle. These are images that are in our memory, that are just as likely to be found in our childhood as they are to be found in the stories and films that are part of our imagination. In this geography of fantasy, the territory is a place that is close and distant, circular and hermetic, obsessive and profound, in which we find very different elements – the forest, the houses, the clouds – that make up a common, shared place.

Jaime Luis Martín