Xavier Esqueda y Nasim Hantehzadeh.
April 8, 2022 | June, 2022


Xavier Esqueda y Nasim Hantehzadeh.

April 8, 2022 | June, 2022


Semblance of the exhibition 

Perspectivas, sueños y memorias, (perspectives, dreams and memories): two artists that speak from their life experience and the nonconformities that they have with reality. In this same matte, and using their creative process to take them to the production of the displayed pieces, that were developed with diversity in color, technic, and shape. 

Xavier Esqueda and Nassim Hantehzadeh worry about the normalization of the humanitarian crisis, between them: environmental crisis, the effects of armed conflicts, the systematic gender hierarchy, the body and the way that nationalism biases culture and the empathy that we should have with people. 

One of the objectives of this exposition, is to let our visitors thread this vision that is shared, where, an artist of contemporary art -Hantehzadeh- and a modern artists -Esqueda-, join in key points to talk about their perspective of life. 

About the artists 

Xavier Esqueda (b. 1943) abandoned his career as an architect to create his own path as painter and as a self- taught sculptor. In 1965, one of his firsts exhibitions was in Gallery Antonio Souza. This was the same year he obtained a residentship in Dartmouth college, there he had the opportunity to exhibit on the American Union, where cities like Washington D.C., New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco excel. From 1969 to 1970 he exhibits in European cities such as London and Amsterdam. And in this same way his artistic activity has been circulating between Mexico, Cuba, USA and Europe. 

During the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, he was awarded with the Premio Bellas Artes en Pintura and in consequence he exposes collectively in different cities inside the country and outside. In 1973 his first solo exposition inaugurates, ‘Espacios Abiertos y Espacios Cerrados’ in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. 

From 1976 to 1982 he resides in San Francisco CA, exhibiting in various cities of the United States. On his return to Mexico he exhibits once again in Palacio de Bellas Artes with Del Oficio del Pintor. 

Esqueda is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores (FONCA) and the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, nowadays he is still exhibiting on different museums in Mexico and in various artistic spaces around the world. 

The already-called representative of neo-mexicanism and with more than 50 years of experience Xavier Esqueda, shows inside his work a mixture of reality and irony, depending on the point of view in which his pieces are observed. The techniques he uses are varied he has reproduced pieces in collage, embroidery, oleo, graphic, sculpture, and found object. He does this, using a different number of materials that picture reality and memories in a third dimension. His pieces are configured by its shapes, solidity, geometry and precise contours in like manner of a colorful palette that sharpens the critic senses. 

Nasim Hantehzadeh (b. 1988) is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. She studied a BA at the Art and Architecture Tehran Center University in 2007, received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2018. 

She has participated in residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been exhibited in galleries such as Human Resources, Shulamit Nazari- an (both Los Angeles, CA), Páramo (Guadalajara, Mexico), and Lefebvre & Fils (Paris, France). Hantehzadeh’s work has been published in the ArtMaze Mag and the New American Paintings, and is the recipient of Resnick Scholarship, D’Arsy Hayman scholarship, and the Pollock- Krasner Foundation grant. 

Work by the artist is held in private collections worldwide, including the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, USA; Diéresis Collection, Guadalajara, Mexico; GAIA Collection, Mexico; Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection, Mexico; Lynda and Stewart Resnick Collection, USA. 

The artist has created pieces in great scale using colored pencils, and oil based materials, with a visual language that is continually evolving. This through bright colors, using her memories and own body as a resource, in each canvas she keeps an abstract and figurative language even if using and talking about her memories and specific life experiences.