Ibsen Espada

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Ibsen  Espada Victory
Victory, 2011
mixed media on paper on canvas
54.5 x 39 in
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Ibsen  Espada Alhambra
Alhambra, 2017
okawara rice paper collage
13.25 x 16.5 in
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Ibsen  Espada Ancient Gestures
Ancient Gestures, 1998
mixed media on paper
30 x 30.5 in
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Ibsen  Espada Untitled (Grafiti- Green Black Red)
Arquengel, 2015
Mixed Media on industrial canvas
48 x 36 in
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Ibsen  Espada Arsenal
Arsenal, 2015
Mixed Media on industrial canvas
33.5 x 27.5 in
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Ibsen  Espada Avalanche
Avalanche, 2015
Mixed Media on industrial canvas
24 x 24 in
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Ibsen  Espada Blended Force
Blended Force, 2015
Mixed media on canvas
36 x 30 in
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Ibsen  Espada Blue Lizard
Blue Lizard, 1987
mixed media on paper
37 x 72.5 in
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Ibsen  Espada Branded Soul
Branded Soul, 2013-16
Mixed Media on industrial canvas
72 x 62 in
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Ibsen  Espada Chamber
Chamber, 2015
Mixed Media on industrial canvas
33.5 x 27.5 in
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Ibsen  Espada Circus Mass
Circus Mass, 2015
Mixed media on canvas
36 x 30 in
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Ibsen  Espada Conductors
Conductors, 2015
Mixed media on canvas
36 x 30 in
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Ibsen  Espada Emperor
Emperor, 2011
mixed media on paper on canvas
69 x 45 in
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Ibsen  Espada Fiesta Adentro
Fiesta Adentro, 2010
mixed media on paper on canvas
39.25 x 52 in
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Ibsen  Espada Forrester
Forrester, 2007
Mixed media on canvas
30 x 28 in
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Ibsen  Espada Hidden Treasure
Hidden Treasure, 2016
acrylic on industrial canvas
24 x 24 in
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Ibsen  Espada Lam
Lam (Oscillators), 2002
Mixed media on canvas
60 x 48 in
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Ibsen  Espada Modern Quilt III
Modern Quilt III, 2000
mixed media on paper on canvas
60 x 48 in
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Ibsen  Espada Please to Meet You
Please to Meet You, 2017
okawara rice paper collage
14.625 x 33 in
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Ibsen  Espada Sambalia
Sambalia, 2017
okawara rice paper collage
22.75 x 27.125 in
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Ibsen  Espada Scavengers
Scavengers, 2016
Mixed Media on industrial canvas
27.5 x 33.25 in
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Ibsen  Espada Spartacus
Spartacus, 2011
mixed media on paper on canvas
72 x 56 in
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Ibsen  Espada Treasure Hunt
Treasure Hunt, 1998
mixed media on paper on canvas
30.5 x 55 in
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Ibsen  Espada Turquoise Memories
Turquoise Memories, 2016
mixed media on rice paper
26 x 34.5 in
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Ibsen  Espada Untitled
Untitled, c. 2014
mixed media on paper
29.5 x 39 in
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Ibsen  Espada Untitled
Untitled, 2014
mixed media on paper
37.75 x 27.75 in
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Ibsen  Espada Untitled (Black Weaving)
Untitled (Black Weaving), 2017
mixed media on rice paper
28 x 24 in
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Ibsen  Espada Untitled (Black_Yellow Weaving)
Untitled (Black/Yellow Weaving), 2017
mixed media on rice paper
26.75 x 35 in
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Ibsen  Espada 2
Untitled (Pink & Purple Weaving), 1998
mixed media on paper
23.5 x 18.5 in
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Ibsen  Espada Untitled (Pink Weaving)
Untitled (Pink Weaving), 2017
mixed media on rice paper
27 x 39 in
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Ibsen  Espada Untitled - Side 1
Untitled - Side 1, c. 2014
mixed media on paper
31.5 x 37.5 in
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Ibsen  Espada Untitled Monochromatic
Untitled Monochromatic, 1998/2009
mixed media on paper
25 x 25 in
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Ibsen  Espada Untitled with Yellow Specks
Untitled with Yellow Specks, 2014
mixed media on paper
29.5 x 38.5 in
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Ibsen  Espada Venice Anchor
Venice Anchor, 2013
Mixed Media on industrial canvas
48 x 36 in
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Ibsen  Espada Water Freedom
Waier Freedom, 1998/2002
mixed media on paper
24 x 34 in
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Ibsen  Espada

Ibsen Espada

Ibsen Espada Description

Ibsen Espada

American, b. 1952

 

Ibsen Espada is a painter born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. At the age of twelve he was introduced to prolific Cuban artist Rolando Lopez Dirube, with whom he studied under and took a position as apprentice for several years. After receiving his BFA in 1975 from the University of the Sacred Heart in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Espada traveled to Beaumont, Texas to visit his parents, where he decided to live and work for a time before moving to Houston to continue his art studies at the Glassell School of Art. Beginning in printmaking and exploring painting and sculpture, Espada studied and apprenticed under Houston artist Dorothy Hood. While at the Glassell, he earned a number of awards including the Frank Freed Memorial Award in 1977 and the T.R. Curtis Memorial Award in 1978. Espada is a part of the ‘Houston School’ of artists and was included in the 1985 exhibition Fresh Paint: The Houston, School at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His work was also recognized and included in the highly-publicized 1987 exhibition Hispanic Art in the United States: 30 Contemporary Painters and Sculptors which debuted at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston before embarking on a 4-city tour to the Lowe Museum in Miami, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Espada continues to create in his Houston studio, where he works on several works at once, often following a ritual in which he creates works, dissects them, and puts them back together, often weaving fragments together and collaging them on Okawara Rice paper or canvas.  He has been recognized at one of the most prolific Latin artists working in Texas today and his work can be seen in museum collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, and the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi.

 

 

 

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1952, Born in New York, New York
  • Raised in Puerto Rico
  • Resides in Houston, Texas
  • 1972-75 University of the Sacred Heart, College of Arts and Humanities, Santurce, Puerto Rico, BFA
  • Member of the Art Students’ League, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1977 Frank Freed Memorial Award, Alfred C. Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas
  • 1978 T.R. Curtis Memorial Award, Alfred C. Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas
  • Member of the Core Artist Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • 1980s, Considered part of the unofficial “Houston School” of artists
  • 1985 Fresh Paint: The Houston, School, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas; PS1, New York, New York
  • Student and studio assistant to artist Dorothy Hood
  • 1990 Economic Summit Project, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 1995 Ibsen Espada and Willem de Kooning, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Artists Tour Series, Houston, Texas
  • 2002 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Assistant Painter on Sol Lewitt Mural Painting, Houston, Texas

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

  • 2013 Primitive or Is It?, Katy Contemporary Art Museum, Katy, Texas (catalogue)
  • 2012 New Gallery, Houston Texas
  • 2011 Reformulaciones, New Gallery, Houston
  • 2008 Motion Detour, Gallery M2, Houston, Texas
  • 2002 Color & Voice, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 2001 College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas
  • 2000 Syncope, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas (catalogue)
  • 1999 Previous Preludes, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1998 Modern Weavings, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1997 McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1995 Silent Motions, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1992 Drawings on Carborundum, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1991 Paintings, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1991 Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, California
  • 1990 Lone Star Visions, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas
  • 1990 Ibsen Espada: Veiled Messages, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas
  • 1990 Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1989 Paintings, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas (catalogue)
  • 1987 New Paintings, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1985 Recent Paintings, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1983 In Search of a Mark, Sally K. Reynolds Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1981 Ibsen Espada Paintings, North Harris County College, Houston, Texas
  • 1980 Harris Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1978 Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, Texas

 

 

Group Exhibitions

 

  • 2018 Houston Artists: Gestural and Geometric Abstraction, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
  • 2017 Painters’ Painters: Virgil Grotfeld, Ibsen Espada, Michael Kennaugh, Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas
  • 2017 Houston's Expressionist Legacy: Richard Stout & Friends, William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, Houston, Texas
  • 2015 Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (catalogue)
  • 2014 Abstract Pulse: Ibsen Espada, Mike Hollis, Zoya Tommy Contemporary, Houston, Texas
  • 2013 Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, 1950-1980, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas
  • 2010 Houston Contemporary Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 2004 Manifesto Abstracto, Plus Gallery, Boulder, Colorado
  • 2003 The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas
  • 2002 The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas
  • 2000 Schwartz & Martinez Art Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida
  • 2000 New Works, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 2000 New Gallery, Houston Texas
  • 1996 The Texas Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Texas Modern and Post-Modern, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • 1996 Contemplating Translucence: A Selection of Works of Contemporary Texas Watercolorists, Two Allen Center Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1996 32 Texas Artists, Fifth Floor Gallery, The University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas
  • 1996 Proof of Love, DIFFA, Lynn Goode Gallery, Houston, Texas, Curated by Alison de Lima Greene
  • 1995 Art Journeys, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas
  • 1995 Texas Art for Russia, Art League of Houston, Russia (traveling)
  • 1994 Barbara Greene Gallery, Miami, Florida
  • 1994 Pure Paint, Artist’s Loft, Galveston, Texas
  • 1993 A Matter of Time-Dave Folkman: Time Pieces, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas
  • 1993 McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1992 El Impacto de Dos Mundos / The Impact of Two Worlds, Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1991 Texas Printmakers, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1990 Ibsen Espada, Drawings…Gary Roth, Sculpture, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1990 Tradition and Innovation: A Museum Celebration of Texas Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • 1990 Mill Street Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
  • 1990 Art 1990, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1989 Arte Moderno Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1989 Exhibition (SoHo), New York, New York
  • 1989 Black and White, AIR Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 1989 Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1987 Hispanic Art in the United States: 30 Contemporary Painters and Sculptors, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Traveled to: Lowe Museum, Miami, Florida; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
  • 1987 Myth Makers, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1986 Paper, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1986 The Plate Show, Perception Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1986 Gallery Painters, McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1985 North Harris County College, Houston, Texas
  • 1985 New Gallery, Houston Texas
  • 1985 Fresh Paint: The Houston School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Traveled to: Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc. (MoMA PS1), Queens, New York; Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (catalogue)
  • 1984 Benefit Show for Diverse Works, Hyatt Regency hotel, Houston, Texas
  • 1983 Recent Work by Suzy Paul and Ibsen Espada, Center for Art and Performance, Houston, Texas
  • 1983 Houston Salutes its Artists, Midtown Arts Center, Houston, Texas
  • 1981 Lawndale Annex, University of Houston, Texas
  • 1979 Roberto Molina Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1978 Roberto Molina Gallery, Houston, Texas

 

Museum Collections

  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas
  • Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • The Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
  • Katy Contemporary Art Museum, Katy, Texas

 

 

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