Esteban Vicente (Spanish, January 20, 1903–January 10, 2001) was an Abstract Expressionist painter who was born with the name Esteban Vicente Pérez. Vicente became interested in art thanks to his weekly visits to the Museo del Prado with his father starting at the age of four. When he was 16, he began to draw. Though he was expected to follow the family tradition of enlisting in the army, he left military school after three months when he made the decision to become an artist. Vicente attended the Real Academia de Bellas Artes from 1921 to 1924.

In 1928, he had his first one-man exhibition in Madrid. He traveled to Paris after the exhibition, and returned to Spain in 1930. Vicente married Estelle Charney in 1935. Charney was an American he had met in Paris, and after the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, they went to New York. Vicente was given the position of Vice Consul by the Spanish Ambassador to the United States in Philadelphia, PA, where he remained for three years. In 1937, Vicente had a one-man exhibition at the Kleenman Gallery in New York, NY. He returned to live in New York in 1939, where he made a living taking portrait commissions as well as teaching Spanish. In 1945, he participated in an exhibition in Puerto Rico, which opened up a job teaching painting at the University of Puerto Rico in 1946. In 1950, Vicente participated in an exhibition at Kootz Gallery. In 1951, he participated in the Charles Egan Gallery and the Sidney Janis Gallery exhibits, as well as the 9th Street Art Exhibition.

Vicente taught for 36 years at the New York Studio School, where he was a founding member. The Esteban Vicente Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in Segovia in 1998 by the Spanish government. In New York, kindergarten and second grade schools were named the Esteban Vicente School. In addition, there is a museum in Spain attributed to the artist called the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente. He died on January 10, 2001.

Timeline

1903
Born in Turegano, Spain
2001
Died in Bridgehampton, USA

Exhibitions

2004
Ameringer-Yohe Fine Art, New York, USA
Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani de Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2003
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia. Spain
Ameringer-Yohe Fine Art, New York, USA
Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain
2002
Ameringer-Howard-Yohe, Boca Raton, USA
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain
Hackett-Freedman Modern, San Francisco, USA
2001
Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, USA
Abbey of Santo Domingo of Silos, Burgos, Spain
New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, New York, USA
2000
Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, USA
Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Spain
1999
Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, USA
Fundacion Pilar i Joan Miro, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Casa Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
1998
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
La Casa del Siglo XV, Segovia, Spain
Museo de la Passion y Monasterio de Nuestra Senora del Prado, Valladolid, Spain
1997
The Century Association, New York, USA
Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, USA
1996
Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain
Riva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
Lizan-Tops, East Hampton, USA
1995
IVAM Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, USA
Glenn Horowitz Booksellers, East Hampton, USA
1994
The New York Studio of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, New York, USA
1992
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, USA
1991
Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills, USA
Centro de Exposiciones Y Congresos, Zaragoza, Spain
1990
Galeria Theo, Barcelona, Spain
1989
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, USA
1988
Galeria Theo, Madrid, Spain
1987
Matthew Scott Gallery, South Miami, USA
1986
Gruenebaum Gallery, Ltd., New York, USA
1985
Gruenebaum Gallery, Ltd., New York, USA
1984
Gruenebaum Gallery, Ltd., New York, USA
1983
Gruenebaum Gallery, Ltd., New York, USA
1980
Two American Masters: Esteban Vicente and Balcomb Greene, Gallery 10, Aspen, USA
Major Paintings and Sculptures of the Fifties, Gruenebaum Gallery, New York, USA
1979
Gruenebaum Gallery, Ltd., New York, USA
Hoshour Gallery, Albuquerque, USA
Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, USA
1978
Works by Members of the Yale Faculty 1950-1978, Yale University, New Haven, USA
1977
Fischbach Gallery, New York, USA
Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington, USA
Annual Exhibition, The National Academy of Design, New York, USA
1975
Holand-Goldowsky Gallery, Chicago, USA
1974
American University, Washington, D.C.
1972
Holland-Goldowsky Gallery, Chicago, USA
1971
Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, USA
1969
Guild Hall, East Hampton, USA
The New American Painting and Sculpture: The First Generation, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Holland-Goldowsky Gallery, Chicago, USA
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, USA
1968
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, USA
Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, USA
1967
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, USA
American Collages, Norway and Sweden
The Whitney Museum of American Art Annual Exhibition, New York, USA
1966
Sculpture and Painting Today, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, USA
Fifteenth National Print Exhibition, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, USA
Princeton University, Princeton, USA
1964–1965
Holland-Goldowsky Gallery, Chicago, USA
1964
Pavilion of Fine Arts, New York World's Fair
1963
Corcoran Biennial, Washington, D.C.
VII Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil
B.C. Holland Gallery, Chicago, USA
St. John's College, Annapolis, USA
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, USA
The Whitney Museum of American Art Annual Exhibition, New York, USA
1962
Holland-Goldowsky Gallery, Chicago, USA
The New Arts Gallery, Houston, USA
Vanguard American Painting, American Embassy London, England
Continuity and Change, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA
Art Since 1950: U.S.A., Seattle World's Fair, Seattle, USA
1961
The Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
The Art of Assemblage, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
American Abstract Expressionists and Imagists, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Primus-Stuart Galleries, New York, USA
1960
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, USA
Corcoran Biennial, Washington, D.C.
60 American Painters 1960, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Holland-Goldowsky Gallery, Chicago, USA
1959
Society of Contemporary American Art Show, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, USA
Museum Director's Choice, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA
The Whitney Museum of American Art Annual Exhibition, New York, USA
The Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
1958
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, USA
Rose Fried Gallery, New York, USA
1956
Painters and Sculptors Working on 10th Street, Tanager Gallery, New York, USA
1955
Charles Egan Gallery, New York, USA
Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Stable Gallery, New York, USA
1953
The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, USA
Alan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, USA
1952
Aspects of American Painting, Galerie de France, Paris, France
1951
9th Street, New York, USA
1950
New Talent 1950, Kootz Gallery, New York, USA
Peridot Gallery, New York, USA
The Whitney Museum of American Art Annual Exhibition, New York, USA
1937
Kleeman Gallery, New York, USA
1934
Galeries d'Art Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
1930
Dalmau Gallery, Barcelona, Spain