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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

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Façana (cistelles)

2021

Cardboard, cloth, sponges, glue, FastMaché, pigments, acrylic paint, varnish

150 x 200 x 160 cm (59 116 x 78 34 x 63 inches)

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Codependence

2019

Fast Maché, cardboard, cotton fabric, wood glue, acrylic and enamel paint, sealer, steel, plywood

155 x 125 x 125 cm (61 132 x 49 732 x 49 732 inches)

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Studies on Mysticism (Blue Icicle)

2017

Acrylic on food packaging

29.5 x 23.5 cm (11 58 x 9 14 inches)

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Polylumpious Tetraflacidontics (red and white)

2011

Enamel on cardboard

103.5 x 156 x 7 cm (40 34 x 61 1332 x 2 34 inches)

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Polylumpious Tetraflacidontics (Yellow sun)

2022

Acrylic on paper

Unframed

153 x 115 cm (60 14 x 45 932 inches)

Framed

164 x 124 x 4.5 cm (64 916 x 48 1316 x 1 2532 inches)

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Polylumpious Tetraflacidontics (red, yellow, orange)

2005

Enamel on mylar

203 x 91.5 x 46 cm (79 2932 x 36 132 x 18 18 inches)

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Les Coses mes importants no son coses

2006

Blue neon sign with dimmer

20 x 300 cm (7 78 x 118 18 inches)

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Daily Collapse (Reg.$399.99SML)

2009

Pencil, acrylic and spray paint on paper, collage, inkjet print

23 x 30.5 cm (9 116 x 12 inches)

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Ooze (1P1Y2W3WD)

2009

Enamel, acrylic, spray paint, plexiglas and wood

160 x 148 x 9 cm (63 x 58 932 x 3 1732 inches)

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Daily Collapse (Rush fight)

2007

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

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Barricades (Have I Ever Done Anything Useful?)

2007

Enamel and acrylic on mylar and vinyl, paper

245 x 294 cm (96 1532 x 115 34 inches)

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Ask your doctor (We the people series)

2006

Inkjet ultrachrome archival print

140 x 112 cm (55 18 x 44 332 inches)

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Life is Tremendous

2005

Wood, enamel, plaster, resin, acrylic

203 x 91.5 x 46 cm (79 2932 x 36 132 x 18 18 inches)

Installation

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No Retention, 2020
PURE JOY, Marfa, Texas

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No Retention, 2020
PURE JOY, Marfa, Texas

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The Source, 2015
Public Sculpture for Percent For Art, New York

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The Passerby, 2015
Foxy Production, New York

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The Passerby, 2015
Foxy Production, New York

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The Restless Gardens. Curating the Collection, 2014
Centre d’Art La Panera, Lleida

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You Are Here, 2014
Anderson Gallery, New York

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In_ We Trust: Art and Money, 2014
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus

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2011 Lúmens, 2011
Museu de Valls, Valls

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Invasores, 2007
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

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, 2003
Centre d’Art Santa Mónica, Barcelona

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Samesation, 2002
Rice University Art Gallery, Houston

News

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Ester Partegàs

Rome Prize Winner Apr 25
American Academy in Rome
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Ester Partegàs

Aquello / That Feb 17 - Apr 2, 2022
Instituto Cervantes
New York
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Ester Partegàs, Perejaume, Rubén Grilo

El sentido de la escultura Oct 15 - Mar 6, 2022
Fundació Joan Miró
Barcelona
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Ester Partegàs

Guardian Sep 10 - Oct 2, 2022
Essex Flowers
New York

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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