Esteban’s work challenges racial and gendered stereotypes that circulate in popular culture by offering transformative and liberating representations of the body. He sees the body as a vessel and as a complex map of inflicted memories that are conditioned by lived experiences. Esteban uses Afro-Cuban symbolism from the Abakuá, Lucumí, and Regla Kimbisa religions and their parallels with life to re-signify the histories and contemporary structures that sustain racism and sexism. Esteban’s paintings are mystical, Black-centered and confrontational. Black, white, reds and yellows predominate in his works, which are mostly large-format paintings that mix techniques such as collagraph and cyanotype.