Carlos Estévez: Entelechy

Works from 1992-2018

January 26 – May 5, 2019


The art of Carlos Estévez reveals an interest in the link between human spirituality and the infinity of human experience. He explores notions of symbolism, time, anatomy, metaphysics and the cosmos in a quest for understanding that transcends the visual to enter the realm of the mind in complex works in different media.

Entelechy, from the Greek entelecheia, is a philosophical concept that addresses the transformation of an idea into a reality. The work of Carlos Estévez also makes actual this potential in images and objects. His art is the representation of a personal and unique vision that is a reflexive process, assimilating the world in order to reintegrate it once more into a cosmic vision that symbolizes the artist’s marks in the universe.  His fundamental sources have been encyclopedias as metaphors of confinement within an object (book) that comes from human knowledge, from which he acquires symbols and images to represent ideas about human existence.

The exhibition is guest-curated by Dr. Carol Damian, former Professor of Art and Art History and former Director and Chief Curator at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. Dr. Damian is a specialist in the Art of Latin America and the Caribbean with many years of curatorial, writing, administrative, and professional experience in the arts.

Carlos Estévez: Entelechy, Works from 1992 to 2018 is accompanied by a full color, hardbound, catalogue with a foreword by TMA CEO, Jeremy Mikolajczak, and an essay by Dr. Carol Damian. The limited edition, hardcover catalogue consists of 200 pages, over 125 illustrations, is published by the Tucson Museum of Art and available for purchase ($50) in the museum store or museum website.


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This exhibition is organized by the Tucson Museum of Art, guest-curated by Dr. Carol Damian, and will be on view in the James J. and Louise R. Glasser Galleries

Carlos Estévez: Entelechy. Works from 1992 to 2018 is presented by the Kautz Family Foundation, James and Jocelyn Stoller, and the Tucson Museum of Art Latin American Art Patrons, with additional support by Ed and Cristine Hansen, and Chris and Suzanne Armstrong.

Generous support of the 95th Anniversary exhibition season at the Tucson Museum of Art is provided by the Connie Hillman Family Foundation, James J. and Louise R. Glasser, and Jon and Linda Ender, and AC Hotel Tucson Downtown.

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