Uruguayan artist Domingo Estevez paints the soft, fragile texture of flowers in delicate and distinguished colors. Estevez sometimes poises his frame to visually pour his viewers into a bed of petals, while some of his more dynamically angular compositions observe the head of the stem, buttressing the open blooms. The compositions are square and small in size, in a way alluding to humanity's intimate relationship with bodies in nature.
The artist paints exclusively on fiber wood, using oil to conjure traditionally stark and dramatic contrasts in light and shadow, which he applies to “give life to painting.” This European technique was absorbed by Estevez through years of observational practices in Spanish and French art museums. He received an apprenticeship, and was taught the conventions of color mixing, contrast, and figuration by fellow Montevideo painter Rodolfo Píriz. Despite his classical education, Estevez maintains a contemporary style and design, turning closely to the object and maximizing the smallest, textural details of nature. The artist, who was born and continues to work in Montevideo, hopes to convey a message of optimism in his painting.