Curator Chats: Elisa Bustos on David Esquivel
I first came across David's work on Instagram. I was very interested in the distinct and defined style of David's work. I loved his minimalism, but deep attention to detail, and his use of color blocking to create dimensionality within the compositions.
I chose to work with David because I see the potential that his work has. It is rare to find an artist with such a defined style that still allows himself to explore a variety of concepts and partnerships through his work. I believe his work has the ability to connect to people personally, allowing them to see their own experiences in the compositions, and still have a very defined meaning and voice.
His work reflects "Dance of Joy" through the eyes of exploration and the discovery of new delights and joyful moments in this new post-pandemic world. David's work comes to life when we understand the meaning of the components on each of the pieces. To me, everything clicked when he explained the meaning behind the accents that surround each landscape. These accents symbolize the presence of people, and how they come in to discover each place, and interact with them. It is in these accents that we see the theme of "joy" come to life. His work reminds us that we have regained the power to choose to go out, explore, and live fully.
My favorite piece is "Held Among Them." It is my favorite piece because of how inviting the composition is. It makes me want to be in the middle of the valley, surrounded by mountains, taking in their grandness and beauty. This piece invites me to go out and explore the world. I would hang this piece in my living room.