The “Button Artist”

I recently came upon the artwork of Augusto Esquivel, who is known as the “button artist,” at the Aldo Castillo Gallery in Naples, Florida. He creates sculptures of unique beauty that are made from buttons. The pieces are often recreations of existing art (old master paintings) of Van Gogh, Marilyn Monroe, the Mona Lisa, etc…or everyday objects such as flowers, vending machines, and pianos.

Esquivel grew up in Argentina. His art was greatly influenced by his grandmother, a seamstress, who saved her buttons in a tin can. That memory later influenced him in his art. He eventually became an apprentice to a sculptor in the U.S. and that’s how his career started.

The question Esquivel is most frequently asked is how he keeps the buttons in place. He does not knot them, explaining you have to find the right type of monofilament with the right friction. “I tie the knot in the bottom of the last button but it’s more just something I want to do than needs to be done,” he said.

The process Esquivel goes through is an arduous one; before he strings the buttons they have to be spray painted and then he has to drill hundreds of holes through the acrylic which is the structure that holds the monofilament above the piece. Even though the whole process is repetitive and time consuming, he really enjoys it.

Take a look at his website sometime – the artwork is fascinating!

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By Laura

Senior Account Director