Esther Pizarro (Madrid, 1967) holds a PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and she is also professor at the European University of Madrid, Spain. The interest in the city and how the human beings move, perceive and identifies themselves in urban areas is the epicenter of her research. Mobility maps, cognitive cartographies, imagined topographies, architectural prosthesis that colonize everyday objects are some of the series in which the artist has worked in the past fifteen years. Her reflection on the cartographic models takes her works towards an understanding of the body as landscape and as topography. In her most recent works, landscape and plant elements form a new dialectic in the binomial city-nature. Her latest installations explore visualization of complexity in the contemporary city: mobility, connectivity between cities, polycentric urban systems, and data from urban profiles, are some of the topics covered.
She has been awarded with a scholarship by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, the Academy of Spain in Rome and the College of Spain in Paris. Between 1996 and 1997, she resides at the United States with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Fulbright Commission and the Ministry of Education and Culture of Spain. She has exhibited individually and collectively outside and inside of our country: Matadero Madrid; Hospital de Sant Pau, Casa Asia, Barcelona; San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian; Real Casa de la Moneda, Segovia; Art Center Tomás y Valiente (CEART) of Fuenlabrada; Barjola Museum Gijon; Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid; Spain Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture and Cultural Center of Spain in Lima, Peru. In the recent years, she has made numerous art installations and interventions in public spaces, whether temporary or permanent, as at the Shanghai World Expo, the Expo Zaragoza, Pradolongo Park in Madrid, the Palace of Exhibitions and Congress in Merida or the West Lake Park in Hangzhou, China. Her work is represented in collections such as the Academy of Rome, IVAM Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Collection Caja Madrid, among others.