The Colombian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Esteban Schimpf uses his practice to explore the seemingly simple yet incredibly ambitious question, “What is art?” Through his multidisciplinary approach, Esteban incorporates performance art, photography, painting, and collage to answer this age-old question in a contemporary manner. For him, art is stripping his subject matter and practice down to the essentials. He ruminates on classical subjects such as the human figure, still lifes, and landscapes, and reduces his palette to the building blocks for all hues: primary colors. By manipulating each constituent element of classical painting into novel compositional forms, he is able to reconstruct the historical narrative surrounding “what is art.” Esteban received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Art History and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He has exhibited widely across the United States in addition to Mexico and Colombia.
Something you might not know about Esteban: he is an avid cyclist.