Esteban Leya is a painter, draftsman, graphic designer and Cuban muralist who lives and works in the city of Havana, Cuba. With more than 40 years of painting he has participated in 20 personal and more than 70 collective exhibitions. His painting integrates the private collections of art connoisseurs in more than 30 countries. He has been awarded 6 First National and International Painting Prizes, among them the “contest March 13” of 1986 sponsored by the University of Havana and the National Museum of Fine Arts. He is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and the National Council of Plastic Arts (CNAP).
For Esteban Leyva, abstract art is the most sincere and pure expression. Pure abstraction, or non-figurative abstraction, is probably the ideal culmination of art. In the end, all artistic representation is an abstraction of reality, and pure abstraction dispenses with any element that links the work of art with the natural world, to stay exclusively with the idea: with the concept and beauty.
“I use a language where freedom is reflected above all in the use of composition and color, I represent expressive situations that does not refer to the similar known model or to photographed scenes of our reality. There are so many universes and situations in them as life and its surprises, for an always naive man who goes restless, some are lost in these labyrinths without finding the end in this type of artistic representation.”