Mónica Esgueva

Visionary Artist

After having lived in London, Paris, Tanzania and India, I am a Visionary artist now based in Madrid, Spain.

My art career started as a child, so to speak. My talent was innate, although later on I took courses at Paris École des Beaux Arts and studied with renowned painters in France.

I started exhibiting my paintings when I was very young, and my artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Holland, Great Britain, France, Costa Rica and Spain.

A number of institutions own my artwork as well, such as: Monaco Museum of Modern Art, LatinAmerican Art Museum (Florida, USA), Hewlett-Packard Foundation France, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Zarzuela del Monte (Segovia, Spain), and Museo Casa Orduña (Alicante, Spain).

Throughout my life, I have always been fascinated by mysticism and the inner realms. Naturally, I was drawn to Eastern spirituality, studying the mind and consciousness with Tibetan lamas in Nepal and India.

My work draws influence from across cultures, space and time, depicting the essence of existence with a polished and fluid style — devoid of unnecessary details. Through my paintings, I want the viewer to feel the beauty that surrounds us, aiming at portraying a vision of expanded awareness and the underlying sacredness of all that is.

My art is mostly derived from visions I have while in a meditative state of mind. My purpose is to transcend the physical world, inspiring the viewer to reach a higher ground and perceive the light that is within us all.

As William Blake wrote,

“If the doors of perception were cleansed then everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite.”

As a multifaceted artist, I have devoted my life to teach and share ways out of suffering and into the inner peace and joy that are our true nature. I have done it writing and publishing 8 books, as well as through paintings full of vibrant colors and symbolic meaning.

Artist Statement

Meditation —practiced for more than twenty years— allows me to achieve rich inspirational experiences and inner visions that I try to depict on my paintings. In my case, it is this listening to my own inner voice with such focused attention what contributes to express my personal glimpses of the divine Imagination, embodying my own vision and simultaneously aiming at revealing a facet of the collective mind.

Having studied Buddhism, theosophy and spirituality in the East opened the doors to the direct experience of the infinite reality, where all is one, and space-time and self are transcended.

I paint to communicate this beyond words, even beyond the visual senses. I paint vibrations that aspire to transcend the physical world. I create to expand the light, aligned to Robert Schumann’s perspective that “the artist’s vocation is to send light into the human heart”.

"Life is the canvas we are given and the soul the palette of color which can give birth to great art."

The term ‘Visionary Art’ was coined more than 95+ years ago and defined in 1933 by Carl Gustav Jung in his seminal work: Modern Man in Search of a Soul.

Visionary art is art that transcends but includes the physical world and portrays a wider vision of awareness, including expanded modes of knowing the multi-dimensions of being. It is neither a painting of a thing or simply the absolute abstraction to a point where ideas no longer apply. Instead, the best works of this type are a marriage of both inner and outer, the real and the abstract, the surreal, the mystical, and the dreamlike.

The artist shares a vision and a perspective of the world, their place in the world, and their understanding of where we, as humans, are or aspire to be in that equation.

It is important to see and understand that the paintings these artists produce vary greatly from one artist to another, offering a great constellation and spectrum of vision.

“Our inner world is the only true source of meaning and purpose we have. Art is the way to discover for ourselves and others, by opening this door to the inner life”

- P. Rubinov Jacobson

The integral visionary artist seeks to explore the furthest boundaries of human experience, entering domains that provide new and positive perspectives that help embracing an expanded vision that will draw us toward unity. Such artists explore dimensions of human creativity which are being forgotten and can enlarge our understanding and belief in our own inherent amazing potentials, inspiring peace and a new sense of spiritual direction in life.

"Nebula" - Acrylic on canvas