artsolar | a new decade
Established in 2001 by Esperanza León, ARTSOLAR is a unique proposal in the Hamptons specialising in emergent artists from Latin America with a focus on contemporary art and design from Venezuela.
ARTSOLAR 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 15 years, Esperanza has organised and hosted solo and group shows through ARTSOLAR in East Hampton. Satellite spaces and collaborations with other galleries have been alternate means to introduce little-known artists to the scene. ARTSOLAR has also participated in international art fairs. Esperanza deals personally with all of her clients, including architects, designers, and consultants.
Since 2013, Esperanza has presented art+architecture collaborations in empty real estate—homes that are on the market—displaying carefully curated, personal collections of paintings, works on paper, mixed media, photographs, sculpture, and video by local, national, and international artists.
Being attune to the idea of making art physically, intellectually, and financially accessible has informed the conception of The Art of Living with Art. To complement and enhance the activities of ARTSOLAR, The Art of Living with Art takes the acquisition, placement, and enjoyment of art to a different level.
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
ARTSOLAR 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, redirecting through The Art of Living with Art, services focus on consulting, curating, and archiving for private clients and organising public exhibitions.
about esperanza león
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 then Registrar, subsequently 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 ARTSOLAR, Esperanza strives to collaborate 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 in 2011 guest-curated an exhibition of works by Rafael Ferrer for the Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton (see Publications).
Most recently, Esperanza has assumed a part-time administrative position at The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art in Amagansett. Operating since the late 1950s, the Institute was established by Victor D’Amico, the founding director of Education at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. It is comprised of two sites: The Art Barge, a summer art school, and The Mabel and Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive, the home/studio of these two pioneers of Arts Education.