Esteban Vicente was born in 1903 in Turégano (Segovia, Spain).
In 1921 went to the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando to study painting. In Madrid he associated with writers and artists such as García Lorca, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Alberti, Luis Buñuel, Juan Bonafé, Bores and he published his first drawings in two literary magazines. In 1928 he moved to Paris, and met, among others Picasso, Dufy and Max Ernst. In 1936 he travelled to New York, and after a brief period serving the Spanish Republic, he fully entered the metropolis’ art scene. In 1940 he took American citizenship and in this decade Esteban Vicente came into contact with Abstract Expressionism, becoming friends with the members of the New York School: Rothko, De Kooning, Pollock, Kline and Newman, as well as the critics Harold Rosenberg and Thomas B. Hess. He was selected for the most significant exhibitions of that period: "New Talents 1950" and "9th Street".
He taught in the main art schools and universities such as the Black Mountain School, with Merce Cunningham and John Cage and in the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, of which he was a founding member. He received some of the most prestigious awards that can be given to a fine artist in the USA, and his work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim, etc. In 1991, just before his 98th birthday, Esteban Vicente died in his house in Bridgehampton (Long Island). In 1991 he received the Gold Medal for Fine Arts. In 1998 he was awarded the Premio de las Artes, a retrospective exhibition of his work was inaugurated in the Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) and in Segovia the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicented was opened. In 1999 he received the Gran Cruz de la Orden de Alfonso X el Sabio and a permanent room dedicated to him was opened in the MNCARS.
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