Born in La Garriga, Barcelona (1972), currently based in New York, Marfa TX, and Barcelona.
Ester Partegàs’ work seeks, discovers and produces questions about worth, loss and indifference in the generic objects and spaces that we consume. With a varied formal vocabulary that incorporates sculpture, the photographic image, drawing and painting, Partegàs questions our ways of seeing and establishing relationships with our immediate material world.

Since her first exhibitions in the late nineties, Partegàs has developed a theme that explores the urban landscape of the consumer society. A multidisciplinary artist, she easily moves between drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, although in the formal development of her work, volumetric and spatial aspects persist which lead to a definition of the artist as a sculptor. In many of her pieces, Partegàs expresses her interest in the power of the word and its confrontation with the realm of the image. In this way the artist rearranges advertising messages and proposes an unnerving reading of public billboards or covers the heads of passers-by with branded bags, nullifying their identity. At other times she places the spectator in the waiting room of an airport and thus represents a ‘no place’ to nowhere.

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Selected works

Codependence

2019
Fast Maché, cardboard, cotton fabric, wood glue, acrylic and enamel paint, sealer, steel, plywood
155 × 125 × 125 cm (61 132 × 49 732 × 49 732 inches)

Room

2020
Cardboard, cotton fabric, wood glue, Fast-Maché, acrylic paint, pencil, rope, wood stick, sealer, plywood
153 × 183 × 132 cm (60 14 × 72 116 × 51 3132 inches)

Studies on Mysticism (Blue Icicle)

2017
Acrylic on food packaging
29.5 × 23.5 cm (11 58 × 9 14 inches)

Polylumpious Tetraflacidontics (red and white)

2011
Enamel on cardboard
103.5 × 156 × 7 cm (40 34 × 61 1332 × 2 34 inches)

Polylumpius Tetraflacidontics (green, yelow)

2011
Enamel on cardboard
170 × 115 cm (66 1516 × 45 932 inches)

Polylumpious Tetraflacidontics (red, yellow, orange)

2005
Enamel on mylar
203 × 91.5 × 46 cm (79 2932 × 36 132 × 18 18 inches)

Daily Collapse (Reg.$399.99SML)

2009
Pencil, acrylic and spray paint on paper, collage, inkjet print
23 × 30.5 cm (9 116 × 12 inches)

Ooze (1P1Y2W3WD)

2009
Enamel, acrylic, spray paint, plexiglaSs and wood
160 × 148 × 9 cm (63 × 58 932 × 3 1732 inches)

Daily collapse (Age hunter)

2008
65 × 81 × 5 cm (25 1932 × 31 78 × 1 3132 inches)

Daily Collapse (Rush fight)

2007
88 × 67 × 5 cm (34 2132 × 26 38 × 1 3132 inches)

Barricades (Have I Ever Done Anything Useful?)

2007
Enamel and acrylic on mylar and vinyl, paper
245 × 294 cm (96 1532 × 115 34 inches)

Les Coses mes importants no son coses

2006
Pink neon
20 × 300 cm (7 78 × 118 18 inches)

Ask your doctor (We the people series)

2006
Inkjet ultrachrome archival print
140 × 112 cm (55 18 × 44 332 inches)

Les Coses més Importants no son Coses

2004
Steel, acrylic, enamel
55 × 55 cm (21 2132 × 21 2132 inches)

Life is Tremendous

2005
Wood, enamel, plaster, resin, acrylic
203 × 91.5 × 46 cm (79 2932 × 36 132 × 18 18 inches)

Eclipse

2007
Metal, resin, wood, plastic, acrylic and enamel paint
172 × 182 × 114 cm (67 2332 × 71 2132 × 44 78 inches)

Installation

No Retention

2020
PURE JOY
Marfa
Texas

The Source

2015
Public Sculpture for Percent For Art
New York

The Passerby

2015
Foxy Production
New York

The Restless Gardens. Curating the Collection

2014
Centre d’Art La Panera
Lleida

You Are Here

2014
Anderson Gallery
New York

In_ We Trust: Art and Money

2014
Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus

2011 Lúmens

2011
Museu de Valls
Valls

Invasores

2007
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Madrid

Els somnis són més poderosos que els malsons i viceversa

2003
Centre d’Art Santa Mónica
Barcelona

Samesation

2002
Rice University Art Gallery
Houston

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Exhibitions

The Passerby

Madrid
Mar 25 - May 20, 2017

“For me, these typically over-looked materials serve as clues to a shared social and affective reality”

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WATCHDOG-LAPDOG-PLAYDOG

Barcelona
Apr 02 - May 07, 2016

“The press is a watchdog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can’t be right all the time. He doesn’t bark only when he sees or smells something that’s dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” -Dan Rather (American journalist and a former anchor for CBS Evening News)

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Rebava

Barcelona
Apr 02 - May 16, 2009

Partegàs recreates an urban landscape inside the gallery space with a multidisciplinary work: video-installation, sculpture and drawing.

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Grasses Saturades

Barcelona
Jan 11 - Mar 10, 2007

Ester Partegàs (La Garriga, 1972) presents her second solo show at NoguerasBlanchard, formed by a large wall-mural and a series of digitally manipulated prints that articulate tensions around consumption and excess in a global society.

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Barricades

Barcelona
Sep 25 - Nov 20, 2004

Nogueras Blanchard presents the first solo exhibition in a gallery of Esther Partegàs. Barricades has a number of border works between painting, drawing and sculpture to explore urban public spaces and consumer culture, central themes in the artistic practice of Partegàs.

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