solar | a new decade

Established in 2001 by Esperanza León, Solar is a unique proposal in the Hamptons specialising in the representation of emergent artists from Latin America, focusing particularly on contemporary art and design from Venezuela.

Solar offers a rigorous selection of contemporary paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, and hand-crafted design that demonstrates a continuation of the artistic vanguard since the early part of the Twentieth Century.

For over 10 years, Esperanza has organised and hosted solo and group shows at Solar in East Hampton. Satellite spaces and collaborations with other galleries have been alternate means to introduce little-known artists to the scene. Solar has also participated in international art fairs.  Esperanza deals personally with all of her clients, including architects, designers, and consultants.

View the short video Art and the Modern Barn for an introduction to Esperanza’s approach and process on assembling an art collection.

mission and services

Solar is predicated on broadening common conceptions and perceptions of  art from Latin America by promoting awareness of the cultural and artistic diversity of this geographical designation and conscientiously placing it within the global art context that it belongs.  Beginning in 2013, services focus on consulting, curating, and archiving for private collections and organising public exhibitions.

about esperanza león

photo by Walter Sanchez

photo by Walter Sanchez

Esperanza León was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has been radicated in East Hampton, New York, since 1976. She lived and studied in Toronto, Canada (BA, Art History, University of Toronto), after which she lived in Venezuela for 5 years working as a Curatorial Assistant at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas, followed by positions at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Maracay as Exhibition Coordinator and subsequently Registrar, then serving as Director of the regional cultural centre, Ateneo de Maracay, until her return to East Hampton in 2000. In addition to her work with Solar, Esperanza strives to work at a broader level with local organizations, schools, and individuals, devoting time to connecting the arts with her community.

Esperanza is a Trustee of the Board at Guild Hall of East Hampton and a member of ArtTable, a national organisation for women in the arts. She worked on the exhibition Nexus/New York at El Museo del Barrio, New York, and most recently guest-curated an exhibition of works by Rafael Ferrer for the Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, 2011 (see Press).