Esteban Cabeza de Baca (b. 1985, San Ysidro, CA) is an artist whose observational paintings are dream-like impressions of his own lived experience, and are often shaped toward capturing and reimagining lost cultural histories. A recent Columbia University MFA graduate, Cabeza de Baca has completed residencies at the LMCC Workspace Program, New York, NY; the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, New York, NY; and a Byrdcliffe Residency, in Woodstock, New York, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include Esteban Cabeza de Baca, Gaa Projects Cologne, Germany; Worlds without Borders, Boers-Li Gallery, New York, NY; Unlearn, Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Bluer than a sky weeping bones, Gaa Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Group exhibitions include The Complexities of Unity, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Home/Not Home, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO; Water Is Life: Indigenous Peoples Day in Support against Dakota Access Pipeline, Salvage Station, Asheville, NC; The Narrative Figure, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Scent, Dickinson Gallery, New York, NY; and Manhattan TODAY, Leroy Neiman Art Center, New York, NY. Cabeza de Baca currently lives and works in Queens, NY.



1985, San Ysidro, California, USA





Life is One Drop in Limitless Oceans…., Kunstfort, Vijfhuizen, Netherlands

Gaa Projects Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Worlds without Borders, Boers-Li Gallery, New York, NY

Two Wampum Row, De Nederlandische Banke, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Unlearn, Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Verano, with Heidi Howard, Gaa Gallery, Wellfleet, MA, USA



Bluer Than a Sky Weeping Bones, Gaa Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USA



Powers That Be, 41 Cooper Union Gallery, New York, NY, USA





Memory Slips, Gaa Projects, Cologne, Germany

Wasteland, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, USA

 Friends and Family, Peter Mendenhall Gallery, curated by Keith Mayerson, Pasadena, CA, USA

What’s Love Got to Do With It?, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, USA

zeit-geist-zeit Gaa Gallery, Wellfleet, MA, USA



Royal Painting Prize, The Dutch Royal Palace, Amsterdam, Netherlands

New Acquisitions, Nederlandische Bank, curated by Alexander Strengers, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Spring 2017, Gaa Gallery Cologne Project Space, Cologne, Germany

The Complexities of Unity, Yale University School of Sacred Music, New Haven, CT, USA



Summertime, Gaa Gallery, Wellfleet, MA, USA

Inside Outside Landscape, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME, USA

The Narrative Figure, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA



Scent, Dickinson Gallery, curated by Julio Felix, New York, NY, USA

Drums Along the Hudson, Indian Road Cafe, curated by Jeff Hoppa, Inwood, New York, NY, USA

Manhattan TODAY, Gallery of Leroy Neiman Art Center, curated by Nadema Agard, New York, NY, USA


I ♥ Paint, Angell Gallery, curated by Kim Dorland, Toronto, Ontario

MFA Thesis Exhibit, Fisher Landau Center, curated by Ruba Katrib, Queens, NY, USA

United Against Speculation, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, curated by Tomas Vu, New York, NY, USA



1st year Show, Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, curated by Jenny Jaskey, New York, NY, USA

Magical Thinking, Livingston Street Gallery, curated by D. Liss & J. Premmereur, Brooklyn, NY, USA



Group Drawing Show, Tompkins Projects, curated by Milton Stevenson, Brooklyn, NY, USA



MFA Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, 2014

BFA The Cooper Union, School of the Arts, New York, 2010



2018 - 2020 The Drawing Center Open Sessions, New York, NY, USA

2018 - 2019 Carrizozo Artist-In-Residence, Carrizozo, NM, USA

2017 - 2018 Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015 - 2016 LMCC Workspace Program, New York, NY, USA

2014 - 2015 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2014 Byrdcliffe Residency, Woodstock, NY, USA



2018 Henk en Victoria de Heus fellowship

2017 Rien Meppelink fellowship

2017 Stokroos Foundation

2013 Stern Fellowship, Columbia University

2013 Robert Gamblin Painting Grant

2013 Martin Birnbaum Scholarship, Columbia University

2013 DʼArcy Hayman Scholarship, Columbia University

2007 Full Tuition Scholarship, The Cooper Union



Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA