Ester Curini
Italian, born 1964
Objects of Desire,
Bernarducci Gallery
Bernarducci.Meisel Gallery at CONTEXT Art Miami 2014,
Bernarducci Gallery

Known for creating highly detailed animal portraits set against stark white backgrounds, Italian painter Ester Curini has explained that isolating her subjects on a blank canvas allows her to concentrate on a subject’s essential characteristics, and, at the same time, on what is essential to her as an artist. Whether representing bunnies, as in Eye to Eye (2011), cows, as in La Teresina (2009), or any of a host of other animals, Curini’s subjects appear anthropomorphic with their human poses and matter-of-fact gazes, often turned directly back at the viewer.