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Nestor Sanmiguel Diest

Spanish artist Nestor Sanmiguel Diest’s art practice has developed a nuanced, idiosyncratic visual language shaped by a voracious interest in literature and philosophy. Sanmiguel Diest constructs his paintings and works on paper as palimpsests, alternately layering strata of found materials like magazine clippings, newspapers, industrial reports, mail, formulas, and texts atop one another in interplay with layers of ink, paint, graphite, solvents, and ballpoint pen. He wields superimposed layers of information as screens, simultaneously revealing and hiding a succession of pictorial stories or texts. Sanmiguel Diest‘s at times hermetic and highly personal conception of art has resulted in a nuanced vocabulary of methodologies and symbols. Like German artist Hanne Darboven, who employed personally derived numerical systems in the creation of her artworks, Sanmiguel Diest‘s paintings and drawings have an algorithmic quality. However, if we consider an algorithm to be a finite process with a fixed symbolic vocabulary governed by precise instructions, then Sanmiguel Diest‘s algorithms are unstable, constantly stuttering and re-aligning themselves as the repetition of one process unlocks new, unpredictable effects.

Nestor Sanmiguel Diest (b. Zaragoza, 1949) lives and works in Aranda de Duero. After years of working in relative isolation, Sanmiguel Diest ‘s work was the subject of a comprehensive retrospective at the MUSAC, Leon, in 2007. Since then, he has participated in exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and Fundação Serralves, Porto. His work is included in the collections of institutions such as the MACBA, Barcelona; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; and MUSAC, Leon, as well as prominent private collections internationally. 

Exhibitions at carlier | gebauer

Biography

El Hombre Araña (02/08/16) , 2016, Acrylic, ink, colour pencil, graphite and paper on canvas, 200 x 300 cm

El Hombre Araña (02/08/16), 2016, Acrylic, ink, colour pencil, graphite and paper on canvas, 200 x 300 cm

Déjeuner Sur L’Herbe , 2016, Acrylic, ink, graphite, coloured pencil and paper on canvas (linnen), 200 x 300 cm

Déjeuner Sur L’Herbe, 2016, Acrylic, ink, graphite, coloured pencil and paper on canvas (linnen), 200 x 300 cm

Luces En La Arena (12/04/16) , 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 200 x 300 cm

Luces En La Arena (12/04/16), 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 200 x 300 cm

El Hombre Araña Entra En El Laberinto (03/08/16) , 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 114 x 97 cm

El Hombre Araña Entra En El Laberinto (03/08/16), 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 114 x 97 cm

María Loboda Y El Antropófago (04/07/16) , 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 146 x 114 cm

María Loboda Y El Antropófago (04/07/16), 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 146 x 114 cm

Pretty Things Con Lluvia De Estrellas (03/07/16) , 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 146 x 114 cm

Pretty Things Con Lluvia De Estrellas (03/07/16), 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 146 x 114 cm

Madrid D. F. (11/01/15) , 2015, Acrylic, ink, coloured pencil, graphite and paper on canvas, 130 x 97 cm

Madrid D. F. (11/01/15), 2015, Acrylic, ink, coloured pencil, graphite and paper on canvas, 130 x 97 cm

Al Otro Lado Del Río (05/01/16) , 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 55 x 46 cm

Al Otro Lado Del Río (05/01/16), 2016, Acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 55 x 46 cm

Un Doble Retorno (17/12/15) , 2015, Ink, coloured pencil, water colour, acrylic and paper on canvas (linnen), 130 x 97 cm

Un Doble Retorno (17/12/15), 2015, Ink, coloured pencil, water colour, acrylic and paper on canvas (linnen), 130 x 97 cm

Lista Rectificada De Fugados (30/05/09) , 2009, Lacquer, ink, resin and paper on canvas (linnen), 130 x 97 cm

Lista Rectificada De Fugados (30/05/09), 2009, Lacquer, ink, resin and paper on canvas (linnen), 130 x 97 cm

Monedas De Plata Españolas (07/12/08) , 2008, Acrylic, ink, latex, lacquer and paper on canvas, 162 x 130 cm

Monedas De Plata Españolas (07/12/08), 2008, Acrylic, ink, latex, lacquer and paper on canvas, 162 x 130 cm

La Lavadora (23/10/07) , 2007, Acrylic, gouache, ink, lacquer and paper on canvas (polyester), 55 x 46 cm

La Lavadora (23/10/07), 2007, Acrylic, gouache, ink, lacquer and paper on canvas (polyester), 55 x 46 cm

El Professor De Baile (29/07/07) , 2007, Arcylic, ink, graphite, lacquer and paper on canvas (linnen), 55 x 46 cm

El Professor De Baile (29/07/07), 2007, Arcylic, ink, graphite, lacquer and paper on canvas (linnen), 55 x 46 cm

Poligamia En El Reality Show (11/09/07) , 2007, Acrylic, ink, lace and paper on canvas (linnen), 55 x 46 cm

Poligamia En El Reality Show (11/09/07), 2007, Acrylic, ink, lace and paper on canvas (linnen), 55 x 46 cm

El Mercado De Heridas Abiertas Puede Cambiar De Sede (04/08/07) , 2007, Acrylic, ink, lacquer and paper on canvas (linnen), 55 x 46 cm

El Mercado De Heridas Abiertas Puede Cambiar De Sede (04/08/07), 2007, Acrylic, ink, lacquer and paper on canvas (linnen), 55 x 46 cm

Celébrelo con Nosotros (22/12/06), 2006, Acrylic, ink, lacquer and paper on canvas (linnen), 55 x 46 cm

Celébrelo con Nosotros (22/12/06), 2006, Acrylic, ink, lacquer and paper on canvas (linnen), 55 x 46 cm

La Parte Ustraída Adquiere Una Nueva Naturaleza (16/11/15) , 2015, Acrylic, ink, lacquer, oil and paper on canvas, 27 x 35 cm

La Parte Ustraída Adquiere Una Nueva Naturaleza (16/11/15), 2015, Acrylic, ink, lacquer, oil and paper on canvas, 27 x 35 cm

Algo Distinto (26/05/00) , 2000, from the series El Suicidio De Lucrecia, Ball pen and lacquer on paper, 21 x 30 cm

Algo Distinto (26/05/00), 2000, from the series El Suicidio De Lucrecia, Ball pen and lacquer on paper, 21 x 30 cm

~Invitado A Perder La Memoria (30/08/99) , 1999, from the series Historias Secretas/Doce Días De Dolor, Ball pen on paper, 21 x 30 cm

~Invitado A Perder La Memoria (30/08/99), 1999, from the series Historias Secretas/Doce Días De Dolor, Ball pen on paper, 21 x 30 cm