What is a Frog?

What is a Frog?
Isabel del Rio


By Isabel del Rio

A frog by Paula Yestera

A frog by Paula Yestera

An amphibian which jumps (its long legs are adapting to improve a wonderful jumping performance). It has a short body, webbed digits (fingers or toes), protruding eyes and the absence of a tail but above all, it has a smooth skin of suggestive colors which change with the different lights of the day: it is strange that frogs hadn’t been popular among painters.

It inhabits wet areas (lakes or ponds) where it put its eggs, and their larvae (tadpoles) have gills and they develop in water while transforming their bodies. A miracle without wand, blue fairy or cauldron, a miracle which smell to death and resurrection, beginning and end: it is strange that frogs hadn’t been popular among authors.

Nevertheless, frogs have captured the attention of Paula Yestera, a young artist from Spain who is currently living in Berlin. She has represented them as giants falling outside their frames, as nice colorful beings which look at the spectator trying to explain their miraculous transformations: brilliant, eternal frogs.

I really like the work of Paula Yestera ( and her effort to understand the enigmatic essence of such a tiny animal.

A yellow frog by Paula Yestera

A yellow frog by Paula Yestera

Are we animals?

Are we a miracle?

Are we a frog?

Paula Yestera Bio:

1986 born in Madrid

2009 Fine Arts degree at UCM university, Madrid

2010-2011 Filosophy studies at UNED university, Spain

Solo Exhibitions

2010 New Showroom, Madrid

2009 Estudio Torre Gallery , Madrid

Paula Yestera, painter

Paula Yestera, painter

Group Exhibitions

2009 “Domus et Animalia” UCM, Madrid

2009 “Arte y Filosofía” UCM, Madrid

2009 Cultural Institution Tomás y Valiente, Madrid

2008 Estudio Torre Gallery, Madrid


Published works as teaching resource in Manuel Huerta´s book “Materials, procedures and techniques for paintors”, publishing house Akal, 2010.

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