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Esperanza Cortes

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A Charmed Life, 2010, chair, brocade, frescos, glass beads, alabaster beads, chains, 4’ x 7’ x 7’
The Couple, 2010, chairs, pearls, rings, knitting needles, glass beads, metal beads, brocade, mother of pearl, 4’ x 3’ x 2’
What was Left. 2009, chandelier, metal chains, glass beads, metal, gold leaf, brass embroidered velvet, 13’ x 4’
Without, 2009, Clay, string, 100” x 80”
Necklace, 2010, glass beads on clay, mirror, base
Artist's Statement

My interest in the folk art traditions, art rituals, music and dance of Latin America, The Caribbean and Africa and their continuous and evolving changes are at the core of my sculpture, installations and interventions. I use a wide variety of materials and sculptural methods often in combinations with reworked found objects that are impregnated with cultural symbols that act as sites of memory. These artworks are about individual and collective memory and implements the human body as a symbol and expression of nature, vulnerability and power. My recent work examines the extent to which a consciousness, national or personal, defines itself through the opposing force of a transcultural experience.


Esperanza Cortes is a contemporary New York artist who has exhibited extensively in the United States in galleries and museums including The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, S.I, NY, The Bronx Museum of Art, NY, Lehman College Art Gallery, NY, The Queens Museum of Art, NY, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, El Museo del Barrio, NY, Artist Space, NY, The Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, NY, and P.S.1 MoMA, L.I.C, NY, The Cleveland Art Museum, Ohio, The Mexi-Arte Museum Austin, TX. She has shown in Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Mexico, Japan, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America and many international publications. She has received awards from the Bronx Museum, New York State Biennial, New York foundation for the Arts and artist residencies at P.S.1 MOMA, Socrates Sculpture Park, Brooklyn's Children’s Museum in NY.