Join us for Pérez Art Museum Miami's (PAMM) Live Studio Visits, a series that highlights local artists through virtual visits with PAMM curators. Get a first-hand look at the artists' work and practice through this intimate lens.
This month, artist Carlos Estévez will join in conversation with PAMM Curatorial Assistant and Publications Coordinator Maritza Lacayo. They will discuss his deep interest in the questions of human spirituality that animate his work. The imagery that populates his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations bear a dreamy, child-like quality, with recurring references to marionettes, automatons, fantastical architectures, cosmic geometries, angelic beings, and strange, chimerical creatures.
A recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, the Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts, and the Grand Prize in the First Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art in Havana, Carlos Estévez was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Miami in 2004, where he lives and works. He graduated from the University of Arts (ISA) in Havana and solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami; Center of Contemporary Art, New Orleans; Lowe Art Museum at Miami University, Florida; and the Stoors Gallery at University of North Carolina Charlotte. Estévez has participated in group exhibitions presented at the 6th and 7th Havana Biennials; the 1st Biennial of Martinique; Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida; Maison de l'Amerique Latin, Paris, France; Casa de América, Palacio de Linares, Madrid, Spain; and several others.
Estévez has been an artist-in-residence in Academia de San Carlos, UNAM, Mexico; Gasworks Studios, London, England; The UNESCO-ASCHBERG in The Nordic Artists' Center in Dale, Norway; Art-OMI Foundation, New York; The Massachusetts College of Art, Boston; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Montclair University, New Jersey; Siena Art Institute, Italy; Sacatar Foundation, Isla Itaparica, Salvador de Bahía, Brazil; and McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC; among other places.
His work is included in numerous prestigious collections, such as those of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; The Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; The Bronx Museum, New York; Perez Art Museum Miami, Florida; Drammens Museum for Kunst of Kulturhistorie, Norway; Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut; Arizona State University Art Museum, Arizona; Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Florida; The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU, Florida; The Mint Museum, North Carolina; BNY Mellon Art Collection, New York; and The Lowe Art Museum, Florida.
Estévez's first monograph Carlos Estévez: Entelechy. Works from 1992 to 2018 by Carol Damian, Ph.D. was published in 2019 by Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, Arizona; also, Images of Thought. Philosophical Interpretations of Carlos Estévez's Art by Jorge J. E. Gracia was published in 2009 by State University of New York Press, Albany; and Carlos Estévez: Bottles to the Sea, edited by Jorge J. E. Gracia was published in 2015 by State University of New York Press, Albany.
Maritza Lacayo is curatorial assistant and publications coordinator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) since March 2017. She has managed various publications and exhibition catalogues for PAMM including Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger (2017); On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection (2017); william cordova: now's the time: narratives of southern alchemy (2018); Ebony G. Patterson…while the dew is still on the roses… (2018); The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art (2019); and Beatriz González: A Retrospective (2019). At PAMM she has organized George Segal: Abraham's Farewell to Ishmael (2019), Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM's Fund for African American Art (2020, co-organized with René Morales), and has numerous curatorial projects forthcoming including The Artist as Poet: Selections from the PAMM Collection. Lacayo has also assisted in the coordination and production of dozens of exhibitions at PAMM. Lacayo curated the Exhibition of Works by 2019 YoungArts Winners (Regional) and the National Winners exhibition in 2020. She holds a BA in Art History from the American University of Paris and a Master of Letters (MLitt) in Modern and Contemporary Art and Art World Practice from the University of Glasgow, Scotland (Christie's Education Program).