John Espinosa is an artist that caught our attention with the contemporary sculpture of animals looking like having superpowers.
He received an MFA from Yale University”s School of Art (Sculpture) in 2001, and a BFA from The New World School of the Arts in Miami in 1998. His work has been featured in exhibitions at venues including The Renaissance Society; The New Museum of Contemporary Art; Metro Pictures; Marianne Boesky Gallery; Emmanuel Perrotin; and Vilma Gold. He has had one-person exhibitions at Sandroni Rey Gallery, Charest-Weinberg, Fredric Snitzer Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
John Espinosa’s work is in numerous public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art; Perez Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art and The New Museum of Contemporary Art.
Much of his work often involves nature and animals in general. Thus it can be easy to tie his art to ideas of ecology and the environment. However, Espinosa’s artwork also really seems to be rather personal. In his artwork he is often concerned with ideas of knowledge and belief, but particularly the way in which they exist between people. Several of his sculptures depict animals joined by a jagged electric-like structure, as if communicating or interacting through it. At times the animals seem frightened or aggressive and other times as if in the middle of a trance. Yet they are all still joined, perhaps a reference to shared belief systems.