Esther was born in Cuba and immigrated to the US in 1962 as a child.  Her background in art comes from her mother who worked for a photo studio manually retouching and enhancing negatives of photographs for the “Social” section of the newspaper back then.  

Although Esther’s career was in the field of finances, she always found time for art, especially painting in oil.    In 2010 due to a catastrophic illness which left her disabled she was forced to retire and move to a small town in Florida. It was there that Esther found her soul.  Refusing to give up she began her self-taught career in Figurative Art.  First with cloth dolls and then moved on to polymer clay.  This medium allowed her to express her emotions and through these dolls she began to heal.


Today, her wish is to be able to inspire people and to help preserve this beautiful form of art for generations to come.

Esther has received many prestigious awards such as Doll’s Magazine Industry’s Choice Award and the PDMAG Gold Award for five years in a row.  She has also received IDTS Outstanding Artistry Awards and the Helen Bullard Doll Artist Award.  Her work has been published in several magazines; Art Dolls Quarterly, International Doll Artists Magazine, Dolls Magazine, Aforartistic and Pretty Toys. 


She is a member of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild, International Art Doll Registry and Original Doll Artist Council of America and attends various shows throughout the year.

Esther has five grown children, many grandchildren and currently lives in Central Florida with her husband.

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                                                                         Artist Statement


I think of art as an expression of my soul.  I find inspiration in everything I see throughout the day.  The process starts with a lot of research on the subject and many sleepless nights just thinking about the end result I desire, knowing deep in my heart that the figure itself will dictate the final outcome.  Sometimes far from what I envisioned at the start.  It is almost as though my soul wants to keep it a secret.....

It all begins with a strong armature and building of a soft durable body for my larger sculptures.  I love working with polymer clay.  In my experience, it allows me greater control over details.  Then comes the final touches of dressing the figures using beautiful fabrics and trims. 

It is a beautiful process and at the end, I am once again surprised by the different stories and emotions my figures can portray.  Each has a story to tell and a secret divulged without words.

             My Team

I am the structural engineer in charge of armature construction and design.  I also serve as advisor and expert critique.
Eddy Manso
Art Critiques

My Biggest Fans, my kids:  Alexis, Eddy Jr., Anthony, Cory and Karina

Update:  In February of 2018 we lost our beautiful daughter Cory to cancer.  The loss is unimaginable!

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