We had the good fortune of connecting with Ester Partegas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ester, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I am sure outsiders know that artists make art out of necessity and inevitability regardless of economical or social rewards, but they are not aware of the profound commitment and risk it takes at all levels, and how different it is than other “industries” for these reasons.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am proud of my determination and passion. Art is the thing I still want to do and look at every single day. Having a career in the arts it’s not easy, it’s not stable, it’s not a given. So I need to understand challenges as only bumps on the road. Challenges are inherent practices that are alive and not programmed or calculated.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live now in Marfa, Texas, and I take my friends for a tour of the Chinati and Judd Foundations, and Ballroom Marfa for some really good art. I always prefer to cook for them in our yard, some Tex-Mex food, or even Spanish tapas. We live on the edge of town so we enjoy a spectacular sunset that makes for a magical and intimate evening gathering. I also often like to invite our local friends to meet and mingle with our guests.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents. It took them a little bit to accept that I wanted to make art, instead of graphic design for example, or architecture which they saw as possibilities for me, disciplines with more functional and direct applications. But once they understood, they have been the biggest supporters of my passion and projects. In moments of crisis, they are the ones reminding me that all I need to do is go back to the studio, keep working, keep enjoying it, as if it was some kind of medicine for my soul. And it works!