Esteban Leyva born in La Havana Cuba 1957, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba also graduated from the Higher Institute of Art (ISA), Bachelor of Mural Painting In 1981–1993 was professor and department chair of Painting and Composition of the National Art School (ENA), Havana, Cuba
Esteban has participated in 16 solo exhibitions and 48 collective exhibitions from throughout the world and his work is included in selected private collections from Cuba, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Greece, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Egypt, Spain, USA, France, Argentina, Chile, Italy, Hungary, Mexico, Uruguay, Finland, Netherlands, Panama, Colombia and Portugal.
"I am an artist involved in reflecting daily life in my work; life that is in constant motion; I express an overwhelming load of positive emotions, but also doubts, mysteries, etc. My work, like life itself, is diverse, expansive in colors and shapes, and never boring.
The city, when I was a young child, was full of luminescent lights, advertisements, luxury cars, big hotels, and hundreds of different architectural shapes found all over the city. Despite what people may think, the influence of the US culture on Havana has always been alive, and is rebounding.
Abstract Art is the most sincere and pure expression of art. Abstraction, pure or figurative, is, probably, the ideal expression of art. I really believe that any artistic expression is an abstraction from reality per se. At the end, if an abstraction is pure, only the concept and its beauty remain. All ties to reality, once concluded, tend to disappear.
I have been blessed. I live on a beautiful tropical Island, and despite certain difficulties in life that I have not mentioned, I have so far had a wonderful life. And I am still at the beginning of what I am sure will be a very long and productive artistic life."