Esteban Figueroa is a Puerto Rican visual artist and organizer. His work is comprised of community-based theatre workshops, photography, painting and digital editing. Figueroa employs theatrical, multi-sensory installations, which are hosted in iconic architectural structures where participants and visitors come to learn and celebrate the cultures of these communities. He is the founder of the ArteSana, which promotes public art and artistic collaboration as a means for collective healing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and as a means to address the complexities and contradictions of Puerto Rican colonial identity. Figueroa is currently establishing the Puerta de Tierra Harbor Museum, in the iconic Villa Carmen as an international artist residency for artists displaced by manmade and natural disasters.
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and unleashed a public health and human rights crisis that forced a group of artists to initiate recovery and rebuilding efforts, while untangling colonial legacies and seeking an autonomous future for Boriquen.