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; the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, New York; and a Byrdcliffe Residency, in Woodstock, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include 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; Home/Not Home, Colorado Convention Center; Water Is Life: Indigenous Peoples Day in Support against Dakota Access Pipeline, Salvage Station, Asheville, NC; The Narrative Figure, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Scent, Dickinson Gallery, New York; and Manhattan TODAY, Leroy Neiman Art Center, New York. Cabeza de Baca currently lives and works in Queens, NY and Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he is a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten.



1985, San Ysidro, California, USA





Unlearn, Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands



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





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



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





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, New York, NY curated by Julio Felix2015 Drums Along the Hudson, Indian Road Cafe, Inwood, New York curated by Jeff Hoppa

Manahatta TODAY, Gallery of Leroy Neiman Art Center, NY., NY. curated by Nadema Agard



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

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

United Against Speculation, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY. curated by Tomas Vu



1st year Show, Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, NY. curated by Jenny Jaskey

Magical Thinking, Livingston Street Gallery, Brooklyn, New York curated by D. Liss & J. Premmereur



Group Drawing Show, Tompkins Projects, Brooklyn, New York curated by Milton Stevenson



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

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




2017 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




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




2015 BORT Quarterly Online Magazine,

2014 Zevitas, Steven, New American Painters MFA, April-May Issue, Boston, MA.

2013 Prioleau, Chris. Apogee Journal, Issue Two (April 2013): Front cover – Back cover art.

2011 Cooper Union Administration, Course Catalog, Spring 2011, pg. 46

2008 Cooper Union Administration, At Cooper (Fall 2008 )Back Cover.

2007 The Boston Globe: sideKick, “I Love You Mary Jane”, cover

2005 The Denver Post: section, “Masked…”, cover.