Esther Barend is a contemporary painter, born in the Netherlands. After living in Paris and Amsterdam for a while, she became a jewellery designer in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Thereafter, she studied painting at the Academy of Arts in Arendonk, Belgium. After 3 years she felt she had to go her own way and began to develop her own style. She creates abstract and figurative paintings that reflect Barend’s imagination and emotions. Her work is characterised by intense colours, contrasts and movement. Barend has had various exhibitions in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and the USA. She currently lives and works in Spain.