"My work deals primarily with how language is created and perceived, and how arbitrary it can be. The work is linked with the concept of semiotics, the study of meaning-making, the study of sign processes and meaningful communication. In order to work on these questions I’ve created my own system of symbols, my own alphabet. I created a system of 6 characters that rotate on their own axis 4 times to make a total of 24 characters and flipped one of them to make a 25th. This is my decoder. With these shapes I aim to show structures of language and play with visual language, creating speech bubbles, palindromes, heaps of language and different metaphors to represent how we understand written and spoken language."


Colombian born visual artist Esteban Patiño (b. 1980) lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Esteban’s work is included in the High Museum of Art’s permanent collection where his interactive sculptures, Heaps of Language, 2016, are a feature of the Art Lab, providing visitors with an opportunity for hands-on exploration. 

An active member of the Atlanta arts community, his works are curated into exhibitions throughout the city and the region including The Game Show, August 12 - October 7, 2017, The Lyndon House Gallery, Athens, GA; Racecar, June 3 – July 30, 2017, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA; Sprawl: Drawing Outside the Lines, 2015, High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Latin Contemporary, 2013, Loews Hotel, Atlanta; and Latin GA, 2010, Spruill Gallery, Atlanta.

His solo exhibitions include Black|White|Read, curated by Shannon Morris, June 2 – July 21, 2017, Westobou Gallery, Augusta, GA; GER-ART Gallery, (A) Round (2016) and Esteban Patiño (2017), and DECAHEDRON (2016) at Westside Cultural Arts Center in Atlanta.

Esteban is a 2016 recipient of a Hambidge Artist Residency Fellowship. Prior to relocating to the United States, he studied art in his hometown of Medellín at Instituto de Bellas Artes and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín.