Max de Esteban is an artist working mostly in photography and video whose work is best known for his examination of the human condition under a technological regime.

His projects have been exhibited at museums and institutions including NRW-Forum in Dusseldorf, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, XIII Bienal de La Habana, Deutsche Technik Museum in Berlin, Virreina Centre de l’Imatge in Barcelona, XIII Cairo Biennale, CGAC in Santiago de Compostela, Staatliche Museum für Fotografie in Berlin and Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

His work has been the subject of four monographs: Twenty Red Lights (La Fábrica, 2017); Propositions (La Fabrica, 2015); Heads will Roll (Hatje Cantz, 2014) and Elegies of Manumission (Nazraeli, 2012) and is part of museums’ collections such as Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Museum für Fotografie, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, SEDF in Bratislava, Deutsche Technik Museum in Berlin and Wifredo Lam in La Habana.

Max is a Fulbright alumnus and received a PhD in Economics and Business from Universitat Ramon Lull, an MBA from Stanford University and a BSc in Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.



Jeu de Paume, Paris, Le Supermarché des images, from February 11th to June 07th 2020
Yokohama Triennale, Afterglow, from July 3d to October 11th 2020




CGAC – Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Twenty Red Lights, Spain
XIII Cairo Biennale. A Forest. Egypt
XIII Bienal de La Habana, Twenty Red Lights, Cuba
Klompching Gallery, On Plane View (with Doug Fogelson), New York, USA

Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Twenty Red Lights, Barcelona, Spain
Klompching Gallery, Binary Code, New York, USA

Mirbach Palais, Binary Code, Bratislava, Slovakia
Center for Fine Art Photography, Heads will Roll, Fort Collins, USA
Uno Art, Heads will Roll, Stuttgart, Germany
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Binary Code, China
Art Galerie, Heads will Roll, Siegen, Germany

XVI Fotofest Biennial, Heads will Roll, Houston, USA
Gallery NoW, Heads will Roll, Seoul, Korea
La Fabrica, Propositions, Madrid, Spain

Deutsche Technik Museum, Vom Vergehen, Berlin, Germany
Klompching Gallery, Heads will Roll, New York, USA

Gallery NoW, Proposition One, Seoul, Korea
PhotoVisa Festival of Photography, Heads will Roll, Krasnodar, Russia

Uno Art Space, Propositions, Stuttgart, Germany
FotoQuartier Gallery, Elegies of Manumission, Vienna, Austria

Central European House of Photography, Elegies, Bratislava, Slovakia
Festival de la Luz, Proposition One, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Klompching Gallery, Proposition One. New York, USA

Fotofestiwal, Vertige. Lodz, Poland


Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Museum für Fotografie, Berlin; Germany
NRW-Forum, On New Vision In Contemporary Art, Dusseldorf
Kunsthalle Darmstadt, On New Vision In Contemporary Art, Darmstadt
III International Photography Festival, Liaoning, China
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Strange Fire Collective, USA

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, You & Me, Berlin, Germany
AIPAD, Klompching Gallery, New York, USA
Collectors Salon AIPAD, Klompching Gallery, New York, USA
Korea Galleries Art Fair, Gallery NoW, Seoul, Korea
Photographs Los Angeles, Klompching Gallery, LA, USA

Klompching Gallery, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, New York, USA
Korea International Photo Festival, Seoul, Korea
Red Line Contemporary Art Center, Between the Medium, Denver, USA
Landskrona Foto Festival, You and Me, Binary Code, Sweden
Two.Seven, Thomas Kellner, Seigen, Germany

Klompching Gallery, We Show Here, New York, USA
KIAF, Gallery Now, Seoul, Korea
Gallery NoW, New Vision, Seoul, Korea
AIPAD. Klompching Gallery, New York, USA

Institute of Contemporary Art, Relics, San Jose, USA
SOAF. Gallery NoW, Seoul, Korea
Art Edition, Gallery NoW, Seoul, Korea
AIPAD. Klompching Gallery, New York, USA

Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany
Klompching Gallery, About Face:, New York, USA
Fotofest, The Collector’s Eye: The Maloney Collection, Houston, USA
Gallery NoW, Modern Memories, Seoul, Korea
SOAF. Gallery NoW, Seoul, Korea
Videos FestFoto, Proposition Two, Porto Alegre, Brazil
AIPAD. Klompching Gallery, New York, USA
FestFoto-Diálogos Internacionais, Propositions, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Germany
Klompching Gallery, Polychromatic, New York, USA
Premios Lux, 20 años, Palau Robert, Barcelona, Spain
Welde Kunstpreis, Alte Feuerwache, Heidelberg, Germany
AIPAD. Klompching Gallery, New York, USA

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Photo Forum, USA
Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Diemar/Noble Photography, The Gathering, London, UK
Klompching Gallery, Winter Salon. New York, USA


Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA
Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro-Paiva Coll.,Brazil
Deutsche Technik Museum Berlin, Germany
SEDF-Central European House of Photography, Slovakia
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Museum für Fotografie, Germany
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Cuba
CGAC- Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Spain


Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Bauhaus und die Fotografie, 2018, Germany
Discoveries of the Meeting Place, Houston, 2016, USA
LensCulture, Heads will Roll, Photobooks of the year, 2014, USA
Gallery NoW Artist Award, 2014, Korea
Welde Kunstpreis, Nominated, 2013, Germany
Rencontres Internationales 2012, Paris/Berlin/Madrid
Encontros da Imagem, Best Portfolio, Nominated, 2011, Portugal
National Award of Professional Photography, Gold LUX, 2010, Spain
Grand Prix Jury’s Special Award, Fotofestiwal 2010, Poland


Supermarché des Images, Gallimard/Jeu de Paume, France, 2020
Bauhaus und die Fotografie, Kerber, Germany, 2019
Twenty Red Lights, La Virreina-La Fabrica, Spain, 2017
Propositions, La Fabrica, Spain, 2015
Heads will Roll, Hatje Cantz, Germany 2014
Dictionary of Spanish Photographers, La Fabrica, Spain 2014
Elegies of Manumission, Nazraeli Press, USA 2012


W.J.T. Mitchell, The Biocybernetic Forest, 2020
Franco “Bifo” Berardi, A Visual Interpretation, 2019
Diana Padros & Lorenza Pignatti, Twenty Red Lights, 2018
Bill Kouwenhoven, I Don’t Understand, 2018
Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Synthetic Colours, 2017
Michel Feher, Brave New World Redux, 2017
Paul Wombell, Silo Dreams, 2017
Pavel Banka, Multilayered Works, 2016
Valentín Roma, The Singular Lens, 2015
Laura Gonzalez Flores, The Question Concerning What is Fluid and Unstable, 2015
Rafael Argullol, In Chiaroscuro, 2015
Félix de Azúa, The Entrails of the Soul, 2015
Bill Kouwenhoven, We Live Interesting Times, 2014
Carles Guerra, Photo-Capitalism is Amongst Us, 2014


L’Express, Un tsunami d’images, Letizia Dannery, 2020
Le Monde, Au supermarché (des images), 2020
Museums Journal, Bauhaus und die Fotografie, Christine Kühn, 2019
e-flux, Journal 98, Sensitive Consciousness and Time, 2019
Wall Street International Magazine, Bauhaus and Photography, 2018
Archivo Photography and Documentary Research, Twenty Red Lights by C. Pinho, 2018, UK
El País, Twenty Red Lights Review 2018 by Ángela Molina, Spain
La Vanguardia, Twenty Red Lights Review 2017 by Teresa Sesé, Spain
Central European House of Photography, Interview 2017, Slovakia
Center for Fine Art Photography, Interview 2017, USA
Photo Dot, cover and feature, September 2016, Korea
AIPAD-ARTSY, Heads will Roll, Cover image, April 2016, USA
Fotofest Biennial, Heads will Roll, Catalogue cover, March 2016, USA
Archivo, interview by C. Pinho, December 2015, Portugal
TVE, Cámara Abierta, TV feature on Heads will Roll, Nov 2015, Spain
The Wall Street Journal, review by William Meyers, October 2015, USA
Photograph Magazine, cover and essay by Lyle Rexer, September 2015, USA
Collector Daily, review by Loring Knoblauch, September 2015, USA
School of Visual Arts, i3 Lecture, September 2015, USA
Photo World China, interview, June 2015, China
La Vanguardia, Cultura/s, centerfold, August 2014, Spain
Museums Journal, Vom Vergehem, by Iris Kühnberger, July 2014, Germany
J.J. Magazine, feature, June 2014, Korea
Asthetische Referezen, Därmstadter Tage der Fotografie, April 2014, Germany
VISUAL magazine, On the Uncertainty of Being, Issue 2, Spring 2014, USA
La Maleta de Portbou, Heads will Roll, April 2014, Spain
BLINK, Vertige, by Kim Aram, Issue 29 Nov. 2013, Korea
Staging Ground Magazine, Proposition One, Issue 02, Nov. 2013, NYC, USA
Monthly Photography, Proposition One, interview by J. Junga Yang, Feb. 2013, Korea
I.T Post, PO14 spread, February 2013, China
TA3, TV feature, July 2012, Slovakia
Pravda Kultura, Elegies of Manumission, by Jena Opoldusová, July 2012, Slovakia
Photographie Magazine, Proposition One, feature by Ute Noll, Sept 2012, Germany
The Photo/ARTVAS, Vertige, curated by J. Junga Yang, June 2012, Korea
DW-TV Deutsche Welle, TV feature, November 2011, Germany
Profifoto Magazine,On the Uncertainty of Being, front cover, June 2011,Germany
Hotshoe Magazine, Vertige, interview by Bill Kouwenhoven, February 2011, UK
La Fotografia, June 2010, Spain


PhD Economics and Business – Universitat Ramon Lull
MBA – Stanford University
BSc in Engineering – Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya.
Fulbright Alumnus