Estrella Payton is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Payton is an observer of people, especially their interactions with each other in prescribed or public spaces. Her interest in power and privilege, cultural conditioning, and systemic inequity combined with her lived experience as a Stateside Puerto Rican, drives her motivation to complicate physical spaces to reorient a viewer’s experience and perspective in institutional and organized environments.
Formally trained as a printmaker, her artwork also explores the use of building materials, constructed spaces, movement, abstracted and appropriated blueprints, map-making, text, collage, and place-centering experiences.
Payton has exhibited and produced collaborative projects in the U.S. and Mexico. She has been the recipient of artist residencies in Guadalajara, Jalisco (PAOS GDL 2017), New York (iLAND 2015, New York Arts Practicum 2015, AICAD New York Studio Residency Program 2013), Puerto Rico (Beta Local 2014), and New Mexico (Herekeke Art Center 2015). She earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Arizona State University in 2015 and a Bachelor of Fine Art from Kansas City Art Institute in 2007.