Esteban Vicente was born in Turégano, Spain, in 1903. He spent his early artistic career working in Madrid, Paris and Barcelona, before moving to New York City in 1936. The United States became the artist’s permanent home. His contemporaries and associates included Willem de Kooning (with whom he once shared a studio), Elaine de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Barnett Newman, and Ad Reinhardt.
Vicente’s work may be found in numerous museum collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. In Spain, his work is included in the Institut Valencià D’Art Modern, Valencia and in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia was established by the Spanish government in Vicente’s honor in 1998.
Vicente died at the age of 97 in 2001 in Bridgehampton, New York.