Born San Jose, CR, 1978
Nationality CR

estebanpiedra@gmail.com

Mijn onderzoek en mijn werk vormen samen een laboratorium van ideeën. Ik focus me op het testen, bewijzen en confronteren van een reeks materialen, methoden en ideeën, dus niet op de vervaardiging van op zich staande werken. Mijn aanpak komt neer op een experimentele benadering van de gedachte van kunst als kennissysteem, in samenhang met het creëren van ruimte. Vanuit het vertrekpunt van een huiselijke beleving groeit het werk organisch uit tot nieuwe gebieden en verkent het de samenhang tussen topografie, archeologie en architectuur.

My research and body of work are a laboratory of ideas. That means that I’m focusing on testing, proving and confronting a series of materials, methods and ideas, instead of the production of isolated pieces. This system of work is more an experimental approach to the idea of art as a system of knowledge, related to the construction of space. Starting from the domestic experience the work grows organically into new territories and explores the relationship between topography, archaeology and architecture.
Studio view, 2011, mixed media Studio view, 2011, mixed media

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education
2007-2009
Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, CR (MA)
1997-2004
Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, CR (BA)

Residencies
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, 2010-2011

Fellowships/stipends
2011
De Heer R.H. Defares
2010
Jhr. G.E. Loudon

Awards
2008
San José, CR, '50 anniversary University of Costa Rica - University of Kansas agreement', Art Prize
2008
Tegucigalpa, HN, 'VI Centroamerican Biennial', second prize
2007
IX Internacional Biennial, Cuenca, EC, 'Other medias prize'
2003
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San Jose, CR, 'I Young Centroamerican Artists Prize', third prize

(Selected) solo exhibitions
2011
Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo, BR, 'Interfase Horizontal (estudio)', project room
2010
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San José, CR, 'Studies (2002-2010)'
2005
Cultural Center of Spain, San José, CR, 'Earth Room'
2003
Joaquín García Monge Gallery, San José, CR, 'Paintings'

(Selected) group exhibitions
2011
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 'RijksakademieOPEN', (exh. cat.)
2010
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 'RijksakademieOPEN', (exh. cat.)
2008
University of Costa Rica, San José, CR, 'Professors of the Visual Art School'
2008
VI Centroamerican Biennial, Tegucigalpa, HN
2007
Valoarte 2007, San José, CR, honor mention
2007
Bienarte 2007, San José, CR, Contemporary Art and Design Museum, selected artist MADC
2007
IX Internacional Biennial, Cuenca, EC
2006
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San José, CR, 'Centroamerican Artists, MADC collection'
2006
José Figueres Popular Culture House, San José, CR, 'Taked House'
2006
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San José, CR, 'II Young Centroamerican Artists Prize'
2005
Central Bank Museum, San José, CR, '¿Abstraction?'
2004
Teor/ética, San José, CR, 'Tránsitos/Trans-sitios', urban artistic project, Morazán Park
2004
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San José, CR, '(De) Construcciones Pictóricas'
2004
José Figueres Popular Culture House, San José, CR, 'Drawing exhibition', also curator
2004
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San José, CR, 'Fog Machine'
2003
National Gallery, San José, CR, 'MODULAR', White cube group, also in Children Museum
2003
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San José, CR, 'I Young Centroamerican Artists Prize'
2003
Bienarte, San José, CR
2003
José Figueres Popular Culture House, San José, CR, 'Take One', white cube group
2003
Kent Explores, San José, CR, 'HABITART, contemporary art', honor mention
2003
Aloki Hotel, San José, CR, 'Kent explores: HABITART, contemporary art', honor mention
2002
Teor/ética, San José, CR, 'DO IT-HAZLO', Icon group
2002
National Gallery, San José, CR, 'International drawing exhibition', also in Children Museum
2002
Rafael Ángel Calderón Museum, San José, CR, 'CONTEXTO', Icon group
2001
IFEMA, Madrid, ES, 'Iberoamerican Painting'

Teaching activities
2010
AKV/St. Joost, Den Bosch, NL, 'Mapping a workshop', workshop facilitator
2003-2009
University of Costa Rica, San José, CR, painting professor

Other
2007
Casa 5, San José, CR, member of curator group
2007
Casa 5, San José, CR, founder and member independent gallery
2006
José Figueres Popular Culture House, San José, CR, 'Duck soup Exhibition', curator
2005
Contemporary Art and Design Museum, San José, CR, 'De - Líneas exhibition', curator