Francisco Esnayra works consists mainly of sculptures that seek to externalize, through plastic creation, the feelings contained in people, expressing different emotion faces in an artistic way.
Esnayra has developed throughout his production, multiple self-portraits that explore the emotions evidenced in the anatomical gesticulation of the face; Has also produced different visual metaphors with the representation of everyday objects that seek to formulate new strategies of introspective reflection from the three-dimensional format. His work raises the question of the interconnection between mind, emotions and body in an imaginary way: his concern is to discover in a formal way the implications of the feeling of pain that acts on the body; Their practice is a way of making conscious different emotional states.
He is one of Mexico’s most significant emerging artists. Born in Chihuahua, Esnayra studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua and the Universidad Autónoma de México. In 2013 he also completed the sculpture workshop at the Washington University Center in Rome. Drawing on classical sculpture, Freudian psychoanalysis and Messerschmidt’s character heads, along with commonplace objects such as teddy bears or pill capsules, Esnayra produces compelling portrayals of human emotion, rich in texture and colour. His figures address the subjectivity with which we relate to others, the role of medicines in our mental and physical wellbeing or the basic human need for introspection.
In 2008, Esnayra received a special mention in the Chihuahua Prize, and in 2010 came first in the contemporary sculpture category of Mexico’s National Ceramics Award.