Carlos Barberena: Arte y Compromiso

Carlos Barberena: Arte y Compromiso

Por Alma Dominguez / El BeiSman

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“Madre del desaparecido”, de la serie Años de miedo.

 

En estos días, comienza a circular el libro Barberena: Master Prints, compendio de grabados del artista nicaragüense. La pintora Alma Domínguez recorre la vida, la obra y el compromiso de este maestro grabador.

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Conocí la obra de Carlos en 2008, en la página española de Artelista que es una red de artistas que yo utilizaba frecuentemente. La serie de Años de miedo fue su carta de presentación para mí, una serie de grabados poderosos tanto en imágenes como en discurso. Esos grabados me impresionaron fuertemente, en ese entonces yo tenía poco de haber llegado a Chicago de Ciudad Juárez. Allá había visto muy de cerca la problemática de los feminicidios. Estudiaba la universidad mientras llegué a tratar con los familiares de las muchachas desaparecidas o asesinadas. Recuerdo que el grabado Madre del desaparecido fue uno de los primeros trabajos que conocí de Barberena. Esta obra me tocó fibras muy sensibles ya que es una suma de tantos gritos, angustia y cansancio de muchas mujeres que no importando su ubicación geográfica tienen algo en común: aún no encuentran a sus hijxs. Por lo tanto, comparten este sentimiento, esta impotencia y las une la esperanza de que mientras no tengan el cuerpo, su hijx aún puede seguir con vida. La serie Años de miedo tiene una aparente simplicidad del trazo, pero se requiere mucho colmillo para lograr esta síntesis en una obra. Desde ese momento comencé a admirar su trabajo. Entonces empecé a buscar su obra anterior, y encontré obra muy diversa, siempre de denuncia y comprometida con un sector de la población en específico: con la gente que ha sufrido injusticias y que tienen una voz que por lo general es ignorada.

En la diversidad del trabajo de Carlos podemos encontrar pintura, dibujo, arte objeto, escultura e inclusive murales, pero la maestría y dominio que ha logrado en el grabado es remarcable. En lo personal, siempre me he sentido atraída por el grabado, como mexicana es difícil no remitirse al Taller de Gráfica Popular. Su función fue vital para la propagación de ideas en tiempos donde había tanto descontento social en México —gente alebrestada, pero con altos niveles de analfabetismo—; por lo tanto, las imágenes en periódicos rojillos eran de vital importancia para contextualizar el movimiento social.

Sin embargo no fue hasta que nos conocimos personalmente y después de muchas averiguatas nos volvimos amigos y pude conocer un poco más de su historia. En aquel tiempo pude ver más claro el bagaje que cargaba. Carlos es nicaragüense y de niño su maestra de pintura le dijo que no sabía dibujar. En un momento la maestra se deshizo del dibujo de una botella en el que Carlos se había esmerado. Él la quería dibujar diferente. No quería seguir a los demás. La maestra no lo entendió y simplemente consideró que aquella botella cubista era un torpe intento de alguien sin habilidades para las artes (qué estupidez, a mí me encantaría ver esa botella). Después de este incidente, el joven Barberena decidió no volver a dibujar.

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“Santo Pollero”, de la serie Master Prints.

Años más tarde, Barberena se vio forzado a viajar a Costa Rica como refugiado. A sus 14 años se exilió a causa de la dictadura y la guerra civil. Ya en su nuevo hogar, lejos de sus amigos, de su barrio, de su tierra y sintiéndose ajeno a donde ahora habitaba retoma el lápiz, la pintura y agarró vuelito. El quehacer artístico se convierte en esa válvula de escape tan necesaria (indispensable) para muchos. Empieza a vender su obra y desde los 18 años vive de su arte.

En el 2007 Carlos conoce el trabajo de Posada en México (lugar en el que estuvo de paso por una residencia artística). Esto fue un trancazo. Visual y conceptualmente quedó atrapado por el lenguaje del grabado. Este viaje a México fue una parada necesaria para su transición a una nueva etapa creativa donde comenzó a enfocarse exclusivamente en el grabado, y esto ya en la ciudad de Chicago.

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“Riding the Beast” 

Barberena hoy en día es un grabador con una técnica depurada, de línea fuerte y limpia. Es dueño de una amplia obra con contenido que te puede hablar tanto de la sociedad de consumo en la que vivimos como del migrante que se la juega al cruzar la frontera, de Monsanto, Trump o de los 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa. Reinterpreta obras clásicas hasta hacerlas suyas, nos invita a cuestionarnos y a reflexionar.

Carlos organizó los encuentros de La Calaca Press International Print Exchange durante tres años consecutivos, con grabadores de más de 30 países. Exhibieron en Estados Unidos, Nicaragua, Pakistán, Hong Kong, Australia, entre otros. Pero independientemente de todo esto, Carlos es un amigo generoso. Él me recomendó hace más de un lustro con la persona en Chicago para presentar mi primera exposición individual. De igual manera, gracias a su invitación he tenido la oportunidad de exponer durante tres años en Nicaragua en el Festival Fusión en la Casa de los Tres Mundos. Carlos comparte sus conocimientos sin reserva, habla de procesos, materiales y recomienda herramientas. Siempre está ahí cuando se necesita echar la mano para alguna recaudación de fondos para causas sociales. En resumidas cuentas es un amigo de alma antigua, talentoso, divertido, generoso con sus conocimientos y con su obra, comprometido y siempre al pie del cañón.

 

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*Alma Domínguez. Directora de eventos de OPEN Center for the Arts. Fundadora de Pintoras Mexicanas. Recibió una Licenciatura en Psicología y una Maestría en Ciencias Sociales, obviamente eso no la hace periodista ni escritora, lo cual no le preocupa. Ella es más feliz cuando vende garnachas los domingos y entre semana trabaja como Financial Advisor.

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BARBERENA: Master Prints Book

Dear friends,

You and your guests are cordially invited to my Book release party:
BARBERENA: “Master Prints”, Saturday, December 10th, 7:00pm at Pilsen Outpost
1958 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608

Barberena: Master Prints

“The reproductions are superb, and enable us to fully appreciate Barberena’s achievement. No expense seems to have been spared in the publication process, for while many of the pieces are in black and white, we have what color there is in all its sharpness and expressive power. In general we may say that Barberena is a wonderful printmaker of bold line and stirking concept—ranking well, I believe, with other Chicago and national Latino artists (Artemio Rodríguez of California comes most to mind), and with the entire graphic tradition as I, at least, have come to know.” —Marc Zimmerman

“An artistic flow runs through Barberena’sveins, while indignation and longing spill. A whole pulsating system is captured in ink and reliefs on paper. Barberena: a young printmaker with the afflictions of an old man. The form in his prints is sublime. When drawing the curtain you can see many days of work with the chisel, the roulette and the etching press. Perhaps, he’s been tinkering relentlessly with the gouge in the matrix for a decade, but before that, he’d been playing with pen, paper and ink. Barberena has vigorously experimented with other mediums, but I believe it’s in printmaking where his voice has reached the highest note.” —Franky Piña

ORDER THE BOOK: BARBERENA: Master Prints
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LA MCMONA Prints by Carlos Barberena

 

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“LA McMONA” Prints by Carlos Barberena
Opening: April 7th, 7pm-10pm at IPaintMyMind Gallery
“La McMona” is a provocative collection of linocuts and Woodcuts that confront social and ecological injustices with our consumerist society. Barberena uses images from pop culture, from present and past day societies, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. He uses past artworks and manipulates them to re-contextualize the meaning from a present day point of view. By examining the elements that are destroying our culture, society and people; while exploring our complicity with such forces. He is trying to challenge the status quo in this “fast food society” making satirical relief prints that emphasize both concept and craft.

Opening: April 7th, 7pm-10pm at IPaintMyMind Gallery
@ Green Exchange 2545 W Diversey, Chicago, IL.
Drinks by ‪#‎Arbor‬ & tunes by Sev Seveer. Hope to see you there.

“…The contrast and line work that are featured in Carlos Barberena’s linocut prints create a stark and magnetic feel. As soon as I saw that he had a political angle on the way Latin America experiences multinational corporations, well, I was in. The McDonald’s Mona Lisa couldn’t be a better representation of the ways in which the promise of profits leaves a lot to be desired in developing nations. How one gets out from under the boot or the board room is up for debate, but it’s clear to anyone living south of the Rio Grande that corporate involvement everywhere from Mexico to Argentina (and it’s not confined by this hemisphere, mind you) is a lot more dubious than the platitudes offered up by notions of free-trade & GDP.

Between the detail, the social commentary, and the beautiful aesthetics of relief, Carlos Barberena is a testament to the thriving creative scene the city of Chicago upholds. Our neighborhoods need to share more, but it’s great to see an artist like Carlos get attention for his skillful linocut conquests of corporate-speak…” /Evan La Ruffa/Exec Director & Lead Curator at IPaintMyMind Gallery.

This exhibit is part of a celebration of Latino creativity in Chicago that will be held at 40 local institutions including IPaintMyMind Gallery, in conjunction with the “Re-Imaging Global Intersections Fifth Biennial Conference & the Spring of Latino Art: http://iuplr.uic.edu/springoflatinoart.

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DIVERSE REALITIES: 6 Chicago Latino artists

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Diverse Realities is part of a celebration of Latino creativity in Chicago that will be held at 40 local institutions including Bridgeport Art Center, in conjunction with the “Re-Imaging Global Intersections Fifth Biennial Conference:http://iuplr.uic.edu/springoflatinoart.

The Featured Artists invite guests to a special reception at Bridgeport Art Center, 9AM – 1PM on April 7, in the 3rd Floor Gallery, for an opportunity to view and purchase additional art works and portfolios of work to complement the works on display in the exhibit.

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TRES Three Latino Artists

“TRES” – Group Exhibition – Carlos Barberena, Rolando Cruz, Pedro Igrez

Opening Reception: Friday, March 4th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery 1389 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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​The Jackson Junge Gallery is honored to present its next exhibition, TRES, which explores Latino identity through three unique voices. TRES unites three Latino artists –Carlos Barberena, Rolando Cruz, and Pedro Igrez – each working in three distinctively different mediums, igniting a dialogue that is both personal and universal. The exhibition opens with an artists’ reception on Friday, March 4, from 6-10PM and runs through May 1, 2016.Too easily we forget to realize that no matter our culture we experience moments of fear and hope, self-doubt and community. On the surface, TRES is the story of three individuals’ experiences. However, it is also the story of perseverance and self-discovery that reflects not only each artists’ Latino identity, but also communicates a universal bond often shrouded by prejudices and societal stigmas.

Nicaraguan born artist, Carlos Barberena, is a self-taught printmaker based in Chicago. Barberena’s work is shown extensively in cultural centers around the world, sharing his experience to different societies (many of whom can relate with a similar history). TRES presents new works alongside a selection of linocuts from his “Años de Miedo” (Years of Fear) portfolio. “Años de Miedo is in homage to the victims of war, based on my memories and the collective historical memory of my country (Nicaragua) in the decades of the 70′s and 80′s. But, at the same time, this does not mean that it is limited geographically, because it is the reality in many countries at present. This portfolio is presented as a manner of reflection about war and its effects, and how these memories and fears affect our lives not only physically but also in psychological terms.” The “Años de Miedo” series has a visual simplicity with compositions reduced to black and white lines. But the minimalism, employed in such pieces as “Los Inocentes”, only intensifies the anguish and pain resulting from the underlying complexity portrayed.

In more recent works, Barberena demonstrates his technical skill and printmaking prowess with intricate precision. “Tonantzin” depicts a goddess representing Mother Earth flanked by honeycombs and flowers.

Rolando Cruz is a conceptual photographer who focuses on identity in the 21st century. His work opens dialogues about social, cultural, and environmental issues, inspiring people to find a personal connection in our differences.

Cruz describes his work as a reflection of reality. After moving to the United States from Mexico for educational opportunities, he faced challenges integrating into a new culture and coming to terms with his sexuality. “It’s really interesting how many people think that I am Muslim. Or I am Indian. Or that I am straight… that I am this or that…without really getting to know the person. And then they make their assumptions.” In his series “Selves”, Cruz depicts different versions of himself. Then the viewer is forced to confront themselves when arriving at the final frame: a mirror. Each portrait challenges the viewer to explore and confront our own perceptions of “identity,” and how appearances affect our prejudices. “As an advocate in my community, I hope my images showcase the struggles of identity in the 21st century as a reflection of our own internal insecurities and the ill perceived notion of belonging.”

Pedro Igrez’ work is connected to the natural essence of the world around him. Utilizing organic materials and discarded items, from wood to coffee grinds, he deconstructs imagery to evoke nostalgic memories of his hometown. Igrez grew up in a small rural community in Mexico and moved to the border, and eventually Chicago, for growth and self-discovery. Igrez remarks that, “I miss the smell of home – the wet ground, the grass – and I miss the easy living without all the pretending of the city.” A recent trip back to Mexico revealed that his hometown, built upon dirt roads and simple living, is no longer there. Instead, a small city emerged on top of his past, inspiring an urgency to capture the memories before they disappear. He recreates these fleeting memories in tangible form – such as when the community came together in autumn to work and rejoice, as seen in “Harvest.” Igrez’ work is layered in rust, dirt, and history to deliver an uplifting reclamation of his past.

TRES runs March 4, 2016 – May 1, 2016 and is curated by Assistant Gallery Director Scott Renfro.

An opening reception with the artist will be held Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6PM -10PM.

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New Print: Mother of the Disappeared / Madre del Desaparecido

New Print: “Madre del Desaparecido”


“Madre del Desaparecido”
Media: Linocut on Mulberry Paper.
Edition: 13 Prints.
Date: 2014.

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Carlos Barberena Exhibiting in France

I am pleased to announce my next Solo Exhibitions in France during the 9e Triennale Mondiale de l’Estampe et la Gravure Originale” in homage to Honoré Daumier. I was invited to exhibit my “Master Prints” series (30 woodcuts and linocuts) curated by Irene Weiss.

Carlos Barberena at the 9e Triennale Mondiale de l'Estampe

My work will be exhibiting in three venues during this important Triennial:
– Salle Paul Trilloux, Le Cendre, France, Oct. 10 – Oct. 19
– Chapelle des Cordeliers, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Oct. 21 – Oct. 30
– Salle Gilbert-Gaillard, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Nov. 5 – Nov. 26

9e Triennale Mondiale de l'Estampe
This IX edition is in homage to Honoré Daumier and the triennial is having an exhibition of his prints from the satirical newspaper Le Charivari.

9e Triennale Mondiale de l’Estampe et la Gravure Originale
45 Exhibitions – 18 Cities
More info visit: www.mondialestampe.com

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The New World Order as Shown on the Prints of Carlos Barberena

novus order seclorum ut patet in fixuras de Carlos Barberena /
The New World Order as Shown on the Prints of Carlos Barberena
*By Leticia Cortez – El Beisman Magazine

The Refugees (after Larraz)

“The Refugees”

It is a pleasure to try something new and in this case to review a show and its works of art via the medium of the Internet. Thanks to this new technology, everyone has access to events across the world or in this case to view the prints of Carlos Barberena at Prospectus Art Gallery in Chicago. Before going on to describe the disturbing, yet spectacular conceptual landscapes found in his prints, one can reflect on the presence the Internet plays in our lives. In this case it does so in a positive way allowing the viewer to cross physical barriers and experience his works of art, and the message within it. It allows any person to cross the space and time we are usually confined to by the physical matter. So I turned on the computer and went to the website, and began to see and take in what he portrays in his prints. I started with his website’s gallery of master prints from: Who Lives By The Sword… to Ceci nest pas une pipe, and everything in between. What is captivating in the beauty of his work are his combination of images which unveil a nightmarish world of past historical events; from ancient to present times.

McShitter La McMona
“McShitter”                                               “La McMona”

Barberena uses images from pop culture, from present and past day societies, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. He uses past artworks and manipulates them to recontextualize the meaning from a present day point of view. By examining the elements that are destroying our culture, society and people; while exploring our complicity with such forces. The viewer is never let off the hook. We are living in a McDonald’s dominated society as the McMona and the McShitter show us. The Refugees is a print depicting a group of refugees fleeing their homeland for reasons unknown and approaching the land of McDonald’s. It is the familiarity of present day items found in his prints that awaken us to the reality or nightmare this reality has become.

Frijoles y Fusiles

“Frijoles y Fusiles”

In Frijoles y Fusiles there is a sinister Uncle Sam-like general with cadavers in the background flying all around, including one flying toward the US flag in the shape of a heart. The general is Efrain Ríos, who is holding the bible of Frijoles y Rifles (Guns and Beans) and the words Ríos de Sangre Montt (Montt Rivers of Blood) emblazoned on the banner by his waist. This symbolizes the reign of terror after the dictator assumed power with the help of the U.S. in the coup d’etat in 1982, which is known as the “Gun and Beans” killing campaign. During his dictatorship, he is known to have killed around 10,000 people, mostly indigenous Mayas of Ixil descent. Trained by the infamous School of the Americas, he was supported by the Reagan Administration; so he is known to be one of Uncle Sam’s nephew. He was recently tried for crimes against humanity and genocide and was sentenced to 80 years in prison, but the constitutional court of Guatemala overturned the conviction.

Palestinian Mother “Palestinian Mother”

Transcending the U.S., Barberena examines injustices occurring in the world due to the behavior of the imperial powers and the First World. One is The Palestinian Mother who symbolizes the suffering of the Palestinian people under the oppression of Israel with the sanction of the U.S. The British Prostitute demonstrates Carlos’s capacity to tie the past with the current forces of imperial oppression. There is a fantastic recreation of the Whore of Babylon, a multi-headed beast, who has a surveillance camera as one of its many demonic heads. This of course mirrors our surveillance state through all means possible from cellphones to the Internet, as we all know thanks to Edward Snowden.

British Prostitute “British Prostitute” aka BP

Other prints focus on mainstream subjects to wake us from our stupor. Converting Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans to a Coca Cola, it shows we haven’t outgrown much; from a can of processed soup to a chemical cocktail of high-fructose sugar and other additives your body does not need.

Coca Cola Bottle (after Warhol)           War is Peace
“Coca Cola Bottle”                                                “War is Peace”

In War and Peace (named after Tolstoy’s novel) we find three skeletal figurines. The first skull face with the Mickey Mouse ears is Obama, clutching his Nobel peace prize, even though he continues the military industrial wars. Uncle Sam occupies the center, chest displaying medals from BP, UN, McDonald’s and other corporate symbols. The third is the control mechanism religion, a skeletal priest with a cross, money and horns.

ceci n'est pas un pipe “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (after Magritte)

In Prometheus II he shows us the Greek who stole the secret of fire from the gods; and in this case an artist who is being condemned and didn’t expect it. One of my favorites is Ceci nest pas une pipe (This is not a Pipe) which is named after René Magritte’s piece by the same name; except in Barberena’s print the pipe is not a pipe, it’s a gun. So the image of the gun leaves no room for the imagination, there’s no pipe, but plenty of violence via this symbol of death.

Monsanto

In Monsanto he depicts the damage to the environment, to our health, to one of the native and principal staples in our diet: Corn. This print opens with a cornhusk full of skulls inside, quite appropriate for what it symbolizes. And this criminal entity Monsanto is just another profiteer in our history thanks to the US and its trade policies when it comes to business like Chiquita who destroys our land in the name of profits.

El Niño y la Nube “El Niño y la Nube” (after Amighetti)

In El Niño y la Nube a child looks longingly up towards the sky, the only existing color within his space, and to a cloud, changing shape with his imagination. Depending on our point of view, this can be sad or joyful. The image is very cubist-like including the child who is by a wall. The wall could be any wall in the world; the US/México wall, the Israel/Palestine wall. This barrier is one created and built by some people to keep others out or inside. What the print shows most of all is the child’s desire to one day climb out of his world trap. In his print, Self-Portrait after Van Gogh, the artist depicts himself in the image of Van Gogh. Two artists occupying the same image. There is something hidden, a mirror reflection, a portrayal of what is meant to be hidden; but is open to willing eyes in the peculiar universe where art merges with life.

Self-Portrait after Van Gogh
“Self-Portrait after Van Gogh”

I’ll end with The Scream adaptation, for no particular reason other than I found it visually frightening and capable of waking anyone out of their apathy. Based on The Scream by Edvard Munch, this version has an exploding nuclear bomb in the background and surroundings images of industry and pollution. The man on the bridge is screaming and the couple is walking away while some people on boats are crossing the waters toward the city. Life goes on, will the viewer wake-up? Carlos Barberena uses his prints to show us the horrors and injustices created by mankind. Besides the visuals, what I enjoy most about his work is that he mixes beauty, politics, history, science in this modern world. His work makes us question our surroundings and ourselves. The prints scream: “I won’t accept this injustice, stop being afraid, wake-up and challenge this new world order.”

The Scream “The Scream” (after Munch)

*Leticia Cortez. Born in México and grew up in Chicago. She worked as a teacher at Truman College. She is a writer, educator and activist who currently lives and teaches in Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico. cortezruiz2005@yahoo.com

Chiquita (after Posada) “Chiquita” (after Posada)

“IN GREED WE TRUST”
A collection of Linocuts and Woodcuts by Chicago Artist Carlos Barberena
Open to public: March 14th through May 4th, 2014

Prospectus Art Gallery
1210 W. 18th St. Chicago, Illinois 60608
(312) 733-6132

Prometheus II “Prometheus II” (after Golub)

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In Greed We Trust

PROSPECTUS Art Gallery Presents:

“IN GREED WE TRUST”
A collection of Linocuts and Woodcuts
By Chicago Artist Carlos Barberena
Opening Reception: Friday, March 14th, from 5:00pm to 10:00pm

In greed we trust at prospectus gallery

*This exhibition is a celebration of a recent National Printmaking Award that the artist received in Nicaragua.

Open to public from March 14th through May 4th, 2014.
In collaboration with Arte y Vida Chicago.

Gallery hours: Wed.-Sun. 12pm to 5pm. Mon. & Tue. by appointment.

*PRINTMAKING Demonstration: Friday, April 11th, 6pm to 9pm.

PROSPECTUS Art Gallery
1210 W. 18th St. Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 733-6132

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Carlos Barberena en Freelance Magazine

El año pasado me entrevistó Freelance Magazine para su Edición 5: SURREAL.
Aca les comparto la entrevista de Abril del 2012.

The Jungle“The Jungle” (after Lam) Linograbado. 2010

Freelance Magazine: Quién eres?
Carlos Barberena: Mi nombre es Carlos Barberena De La Rocha, soy de Granada, ahí crecí rodeado de un ambiente artístico, mi madre Miriam De La Rocha es descendiente de una importante familia de artistas (poetas, pintores y músicos) mi padre Roberto Barberena, como pasatiempos escribía poesía, cuentos, pintaba acuarelas y tocaba guitarra, lamentablemente fallece cuando yo apenas tenía seis meses.

Además mis dos hermanos mayores Robert Barberena y César Barberena son artistas visuales también; ellos estudiaron en la Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes en Managua. Creo que el crecer en este medio me ayudo a involucrarme en las artes. Pero no fue hasta principio de los 90’s mientras estaba exiliado en Costa Rica por motivo de la guerra en Nicaragua, que  mi interés en el arte creció, vi en el una importante herramienta para expresar lo que había vivido en el pasado y mas importante aun, lo que estaba viviendo en el presente.

Yo soy un artista autodidacta, no atendí la Escuela de Bellas Artes como mis hermanos, pues cuando tenia 10 años mi mamá me envío al Centro Popular de Cultura de Granada y no me gusto la academia, considero que fue una experiencia truncante, demasiada arcaica y una manera totalmente estúpida de enseñar arte, así que renuncie.

Transmutacion. “Transmutación” Acrílico sobre Papel. 2001

FM: Antes del grabado, la pintura y la Escultura
CB: Empecé haciendo dibujos en tinta china…Meses después tome los acrílicos de mi hermano y empecé a pintar… creo que mi curiosidad y deseos de experimentar me llevo a encontrar las diferentes técnicas para desarrollar mis trabajos. Mi aprendizaje ha sido en los Museos, Galerías y libros de arte, podría decir que he tenido los mejores maestros: Goya, Munch, Picasso, Bacon, Tamayo, Posada, Guayasamin, Vanegas, Sáenz…por mencionar algunos.

Hombre Torturado. Barberena-León -En Tiempos de Guerra- Piano + Visuales. 2005

FM: Háblanos del producto final de tus ideas
CB: Todo depende del proyecto que vaya a realizar, a medida este se va desarrollando ahí voy encontrando la mejor forma de presentarlo estéticamente, ademas depende del espacio donde se vaya a presentar y obviamente mi estado de animo influye bastante en el producto final.

Ya no ruge la voz del Cañon...“Ya no ruge la voz del cañon ni se tiñe con sangre de hermanos…”
Plaza de la Independencia, Granada, Nicaragua. Marzo del 2003

“La inspiración e ideas llegan a mí después de ser impactado por un rayo de inspiración o la visita fugaz de una musa…” Jajajaja… Es un largo proceso, yo no creo en cuentos de camino, en lo que creo es en el trabajo diario de ahí nacen las ideas importantes y bueno otras no tanto.

canon 10“Ya no ruge la voz del cañon ni se tiñe con sangre de hermanos…”
Plaza de la Independencia, Marzo del 2003

Cabe destacar que en cada uno de mis proyectos hay un largo proceso de investigación y ensayo, no me gusta apresurar una idea, no me siento de esos artistas que si paso algo, al día siguiente tiene un trabajo sobre eso. El trabajo diario e investigación sobre un tema en particular hace que me mantenga alerta, también influye mucho lo que esta pasando a mi alrededor, de ahí se van coceptualizando las ideas y después viene el proceso técnico, que a pesar se podría decir que es un proceso mas mecánico siempre se pueden experimentar algunos cambios que pueden afectar la idea principal o llevarla más allá de lo planeado.

Ofrenda“Ofrenda” (after Gauguin) Linograbado 2009

FM: Qué influencia tienen tus raíces nicaragüenses en tus obras?
CB: Es una base importante en mi obra, como lo dije anteriormente crecí en una familia de artistas, recuerdo de pequeño pasaba mucho tiempo donde mi abuelita, pues al enviudar mi madre tenia que trabajar para sacar adelante cinco chateles. En la casa de mi abuelita llegaban muchos artistas, músicos y poetas, recuerdo a mi favorito, Carlos Martínez Rivas…había ese entusiasmo de recitar contar cuentos, leer, cantar y también politiquear… Lamentablemente mucho  de esto se ha perdido en la Nicaragua de hoy. Creo que todas estas vivencias han influido mi obra artística y mi desarrollo como ser humano, así que siempre llevo un poco de mi tierra al lugar donde este.

Paisaje Interior II. “Paisaje II” Acrílico y Collage s/ Lienzo. Serie Años de Miedo. 2001

FM: Si hiciéramos una comparación entre el  Carlos Barberena de hace 10 años y el Carlos de ahora. Cómo ha evolucionado tu obra?
CB: Siento mucho respeto por el Carlos de esa época, mi serie de pinturas “Años de Miedo” fue lo que sentó mis bases sólidas como artista, hice mucho con tan poco apoyo, fui censurado y criticado, ademas pagué un cachimbo de plata al Instituto de Cultura para sacar mi obra fuera del pais y presentarla en la Galería Nacional en Costa Rica, pero creo que si eso no hubiese pasado no estaría donde estoy ahora. Hoy mi obra está más solida y poco a poco voy haciendo mi propio camino aunque sea fuera de mi tierra.

The Scream“The Scream” (after Munch) Linograbado 2009

FM: Cómo es un día en la vida de Carlos Barberena?
CB: Café!!! Internetear pa ver lo que pasa en el mundo artístico y político…Después dedico tiempo a trabajar en mi estudio desarrollando mis proyectos o trabajando en mis placas de madera o linóleos, generalmente imprimo una vez a la semana en el taller y los sábados imparto clases de grabado en Expressions Graphics, en Oak Park y dos veces a la semana monitoreo los Open Studio en Anchor Graphics Chicago, tiempo que aprovecho para trabajar Litografía en piedra. Si no estoy trabajando en el estudio o el taller estoy visitando algún museo, galería o haciendo una investigación en una biblioteca acerca de técnicas de grabado.

Madre con Hijo.“Madre con Hijo” Acrílico y Collage sobre Lienzo. 2005

FM: Si no fueras un artista plástico serías…?
CB: Un mal Doctor…

La McMona“La McMona” (after Da Vinci) Linograbado 2009

FM: Proyectos futuros
CB: Tengo varios proyectos en desarrollo además de producir mi propio trabajo espero consolidar mi proyecto La Calaca Press, abrir un espacio físico con todo el equipo requerido en donde pueda invitar a otros artistas a producir obra gráfica profesional y de alta calidad, ademas de seguir incentivando y promoviendo el grabado en Nicaragua por medio de exposiciones, talleres y charlas. Ademas darle la oportunidad a grabadores nicaragüenses de exponerse a la arena internacional.

museo lia bermudez, maracaibo, venezuelaObra de Carlos Barberena en el Museo Lía Bermúdez, Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela 2007

FM: Freelance Magazine es un movimiento que involucra a muchos artistas emergentes. Qué podrías decirles?
CB:
Poner bastante amor en lo que hacen, trabajar constantemente y dar todo lo mejor, nunca rendirse ante los obstáculos o la mediocridad, aceptar las criticas siempre y cuando sean constructivas…

FM: Qué es Surreal para Carlos Barberena?
CB: Ver tanto político recibir pagos de miles de dólares mientras la mayoría del pueblo trata de sobrevivir con menos de $2 al día.

“Muchas gracias por brindarme la oportunidad de compartir mi trabajo en Freelance Magazine, pienso que es muy importante que hayan estos espacios para el desarrollo de las artes en Nicaragua y de esta forma seguir incentivando las artes en los jóvenes nicaragüenses.”

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McShitter

“McShitter”
This print is about my addiction to McDonald’s when I was a teen living in Costa Rica, at that age it was something to do with my friends and also represented for us a status quo activity in an Americanized country. Every time I ate it, I got sick. But I just kept doing it.
In a world where we’re taught that we shouldn’t spend time worrying about what goes on around us, we are get distracted by the toys in a “happy meal”, and at the same time, we get caught up in –and perpetuate– the same materialist cycle…Eating and shitting…

Cutting the Linoleum for the American Food Print Portfolio
Cutting the Linoleum for The American Food Print Portfolio

Cutting the linoleum Cutting the Linoleum (detail)

Printing “McShitter”

McShitter “McShitter” Linocut by Carlos Barberena. 2013

“McShitter” (self-portrait)
Linocut on Rives Paper by Carlos Barberena. 2013
American Food Print Portfolio curated by Sam Cikauskas

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PULSO / Art of the Americas

Pulso / Art of the Americas / Arte de las Américas
Para una versión en español, haga clic aquí.

Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) is celebrating the opening of Pulso | Art of the Americas, a unique collaborative exhibition with Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), at a reception to be held on Wednesday, October 30 from 6-9 p.m.

Featuring the work of 28 national and international artists, Pulsois rooted in an exploration of the ways in which regional boundaries affect the perception of art. While the artists involved all have ties to Latin America, this collaborative exhibition frees itself from the confines of such labels by allowing the diversity of medium and subject matter to challenge cultural preconceptions of contemporary art and strengthen the dialogue among artists, both locally and globally.

Exhibition poster

“This group of artists challenges the clichéd perceptions of what art of the Americas is by exploring a wide range of media and themes,” said Salvador Jiménez, the KCAD Community Arts Advocate who served as guest curator for the exhibition. “We want to represent a diverse group of artists positioned within the broadest developments of contemporary art. Most are international exhibitors.”

Both the reception and the exhibition will span between KCAD, which will host work in the newly remodeled and expansive Fed Galleries, and UICA, which will utilize a variety of its versatile gallery spaces.

“Riding the Beast” by Carlos Barberena

The following artists are being featured at KCAD:

·       Carlos Aceves

·       Carlos Barberena

·       Mandy Cano Villalobos

·       Javier Chavira

·       Nacho Chincoya

·       Miguel Cortez

·       Edith García

·       Sergio Gomez

·       Alynn Guerra

·       Las Hermanas Iglesias

·       Nicole Marroquin

·       Gretchen Minnhaar

·       Esteban de Valle

·       Margaret Vega

The other fourteen artists, listed below, are being featured at UICA:

·       Saul Aguirre

·       Adriana Baltazar

·       Felipe Baez

·       Juan Angel Chávez

·       Hugo Claudin

·       Salvador Jiménez Flores

·       Eric García

·       María Gaspar

·       Gerardo Hacer

·       Ulises Matamoros Ascención

·       Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz

·       Marcos Raya

·       Ricardo Santos Hernández

·       Gabriel Villa

Pulso will further the strong collaborative bond between two institutions that share a common goal of community engagement.

“It’s always been natural to work with UICA,” KCAD Director of Exhibitions Sarah Joseph noted. “Now that a permanent partnership has been forged between our two organizations, we’re in an even better position to expand the exhibition’s reach.”

“Ciudadanos Desechables” by Salvador Jiménez Flores

“Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is proud to showcase current Latin American artists and build stronger connections to the Hispanic community in Grand Rapids,” added UICA Exhibitions Curator Alexander Paschka. “We chose our pieces to highlight the collaborative nature UICA seeks to build between the diverse communities of West Michigan.”

Pulso opens Oct. 30 and will run through Dec. 4. Additional events and programming surrounding the exhibition will be announced in the days to come.

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LAPS 21st National Exhibition

LOS ANGELES PRINTMAKING SOCIETY 21st NATIONAL EXHIBITION

OCTOBER 26 – DECEMBER 14, 2013

Opening Reception: October 26, 5-9 PM

Art Galleries, California State University, Northridge, CA

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (after Dürer)
“The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (after Dürer) Linocut by Carlos Barberena
(Print selected by Jack Rutberg for the LAPS 21st National Exhibition)

The Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS) is pleased to announce the upcoming Los Angeles Printmaking Society 21st National Exhibition. LAPS is a major printmaking organization with over 400 US and Canadian active printmakers, in addition to associate, student, patron and honorary members. Its educational arm, the LAPS Foundation, awards grants to printmaking students, supports the LAPS educational activities and supports the Nationals with cash awards. Based in Los Angeles, with the Board members from that area, it serves its members by organizing exhibitions, educational events, and publishing newsletters, journals and catalogs.

The Los Angeles Printmaking Society 21st National Exhibition, a major printmaking event open to US and Canadian printmakers, the largest West Coast competition, opens at the Art Galleries of California State University Northridge (CSUN). In addition to the 56 prints selected from 1,423 submitted entries by close to 500 competing artists, the juror, Jack Rutberg, selected 7 prints from the invited local presses. The exhibition features many large–scale prints.

Jack Rutberg, an internationally known curator, collector and consultant for more than 30 years, represents a wide range of American and European artists through his gallery in Los Angeles. He is credited with bringing significant artists to broader attention and has published catalogs on the work of Hannelore Baron, Hans Burkhardt, Claire Falkenstein and Patrick Graham. In his National catalog essay he says “I am very pleased with the final group of 56 works chosen for this exhibition. Each of these works evokes my response – wishing that I could see another work by the artist. I think the viewers of this exhibition will feel the same.”

Traditionally, the LAPS honors one artist at its National. The honoree this time is June Wayne, who was the founder and director of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. Ms. Wayne had been an Honorary Member of LAPS and actively engaged in the printmaking community of Los Angeles.

Special Exhibition Events:

Saturday, October 26, 5-9 PM – Letterpress demonstration by Mark Barbour, director, International Printing Museum

Monday, October 28, 10 AM – Gallery walk through

Saturday, November 9, 2-4 PM – “Printmaking in the 21st Century” – panel discussion moderated by historian Betty Ann Brown, PhD

Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, Monothon – monoprint marathon –
Register on line- LAPSmonothon2013Saturday.evenbrite.com

Satellite Exhibition: “Another View III” – October 22 – November 15, 2013 – a selection of fifty prints from submissions that were not selected for the National –juried by faculty members, Vinita Voogd and Rick Reese, and Gallery Director/Curator at Saddle Back College for this exhibit:
Opening Reception, October 22, 5-8 PM
Saddle Back College, Mission Viejo, CA.

The Los Angeles 21st National Exhibition will be held at the Art Galleries, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA. 81811 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA. 818-677-2226, www.csun.edu/artgalleries – LAPS: www.laprintmakers.com

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Made in Pilsen VIII

PROSPECTUS Art Gallery invites you to:

MADE IN PILSEN VIII
A group exhibition by 25 Pilsen artists, October 11th through December 21st, 2013
In collaboration with Arte y Vida Chicago

Opening reception: Friday, October 18th
From 5:00pm to 10:00pm

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“novus ordo seclorum” Linocut by Carlos Barberena

Participant Artists:
Saul Aguirre. Montserrat Alsina, René Arceo, Tim Arroyo, Carlos Barberena, Hector Barrón, Arturo Cortés, Héctor Duarte, Roberto Ferreyra, Anne F. Gaines, Esperanza Gama, Erick ROHO García, Kimberly Grove, José Guerrero, Edgar L. López, Alfredo Martinez, Antonio Martinez, Luis Montenegro, Mark Nelson, Katherine Perryman, Eufemio Pulido and Angela Scalisi.
Including Chicago Masters: Walter Fydryck, Ron Gordon and Marcos Raya.

Prospectus is also offering special one-hour mural tours on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th at noon, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. $10 donation per person.

PROSPECTUS Art Gallery
1210 W. 18th St. Chicago, Illinois 60608
Tel: (312) 733-6132 * Fax: (312) 733-6797
Open: Wed-Sun. 12pm – 5pm. – Mon. & Tue. by appointment

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LE MAUVAIS OEIL 13 : LINOKULT / The Evil Eye 13: LINOKULT

LE MAUVAIS OEIL 13 : LINOKULT / THE EVIL EYE 13: LINOKULT
Exposition collectve autour de la gravure sur lino et autres matières à imprimer.
Avec la participation du collectif américain Outlaw Printmakers
Printmaking Group Exhibition using linocut and other printing materials.

With the participation of the american Outlaw Printmakers:

RYAN O-MALLEY, JULIA CURRAN, TYLER KRASOWSKI, JOHN ET CHARLES HANCOCK (THE AMZING HANCOCK BROTHERS), DERRICK RILEY, SEANSTARWAR, PAT SEALS, CARLOS BARBERENA, CARLOS HERNANDEZ, RICKY RUIZ, RICARDO RUIZ, LUCAS B BARRAZA, TOM HUCK, TIMOTHY GEORGARAKIS, DENNIS MCNETT, NICK ALLEY, ALKBAZZ, LUDOVIC LEVASSEUR, OLAF LADOUSSE, YOKOGAGA, NICOLAS CHOUVY, ICHIBA DAISUKE, ARNAUD ROCHARD, WILLIAM WILSON, BILL FICK, MARC BRUNIER MESTAS, PAKITO BOLINO.

La McMona “La McMona” Linocut by Carlos Barberena

VERNISSAGE le 13.10.13 à 18h / OPENING 10/13/13
Suivi d’un concert à Data (44 rue des Bons Enfants) à 20h
JUDAS DONNEGER et LA COUPURE

Exposition du 13.10.13 au 11.11.13  / Open to public from 10/13/13 trough 11/11/13              Atelier du Dernier Cri
lund-vend : 10h-17h / Monday-Friday: 10am to 5pm.
Sam-Dim 13h-19h – 06 12 79 28 75 / Saturday-Sunday: 1pm to 7pm
Friche la Belle de mai – 41, rue Jobin – Marseille, 3ème
www.lederniercri.org
www.mauvaisoeil2013.free.fr

ATTENTION !!!
LE MAUVAIS OEIL 13 À L’EMBOBINEUSE EST EXCEPTIONNELLEMENT LA VEILLE, LE SAMEDI 12 À 21H
CONCERTS DE
DDAA, COMMANDER KEEN ET CHOMO

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Reality of Placement

INVITATION Reality Replacement INVITATION Reality Replacement2
“REALITY OF PLACEMENT”
An Exhibition of Contemporary Latin American Art
September 23rd to November 22nd 2013
UNION COLLEGE VISUAL ARTS ATRIUM ART GALLERY
807 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308-3107 Tel.: 518-388-6714

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: October 3rd 2013 at 5:00PM, in the gallery.
PANEL DISCUSSION: October 3rd 2013, starting at 6:00PM, in room 215 of the Visual Arts Building.
PANEL ARTISTS: ISMAEL CHECO, ANTHONY MONTES, ROXANNA MELENDEZ, XAVIER FIGUEROA
Panel Organizer & Moderator:
PROFESSOR LORRAINE MORALES COX
Department of Visual Arts Union College
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:
ALAIN GUTIERREZ, CARLOS BARBERENA, CARLOS SOLIS, DIO-GENES ABREU, ISMAEL CHECO, KAREN MACHER, JAMIE RODRIGUEZ, LISSETTE SOLORZANO, ALEXIS MENDOZA, ANTHONY MONTES, PATRICIA HENRIQUEZ, JESUS RIVERA, MIGUEL LESCANO, LUIS STEPHENBERG, RAMON PERALTA, ROXANNA MELENDEZ, XAVIER FIGUEROA.

PROJECT CURATOR: ALEXIS MENDOZA

Union College’s Department of Visual Arts in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs are happy to announce the opening of “Reality of Placement,” an exhibition of contemporary Latin American art on view from September 23- November 22, 3013. An exhibition reception will be held at 5pm on October 3, 2013 in the gallery followed by a four artists panel at 6:00pm in room 215 located on the second floor of the Visual Arts building, directly above the gallery.

Organized by M&B Latin American and Contemporary Art Projects, “Reality of Placement” addresses the conditions and circumstances that are relevant to the experiences of migration globally and the people, ideas and objects that pass from one culture to another. The artists suggest a sense of documentation, fiction or non-fiction, creating a conglomerate of clues that never completely stop sending information. The artists in the show weave connections between past and present, a form that stipulates its own shifting terms, constantly renewing and differentiating meaning from one moment to another. Some of the artists are acutely aware that they are trying to capture a moment that is quickly turning into a documented journey of their own migration situation.

“Reality of placement” presents artists who have a long term relationship with their subjects and who use various mediums to break down the barriers of neighborhood, family, and identity and seek to address the spaces that emerge in-between them. The exhibiting artists addresses the call for a rational and creative interpretation on the action of human migration and exile that presents particular perspectives achieved throughout various genres and media including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, installation and printmaking.

The Jungle“The Jungle” (after Lam) Linocut by Carlos Barberena.

“Carlos Barberena’s sensibility of his created forms, coupled with use of elements, create movement that invites viewers to activate their visual and emotional perceptions. His Gaze serving position throughout visually in unison and his hand responds to that, abstracting glare and coordinates. The multiplicity of signs on their production is related to a background lysergic, where he tries to give an answer to almost organic means and supports contemporaries’ creations. Formal investigation and conceptual works which, although three-dimensional product approaches are diametrically opposed. Barberena’s analytical possibilities rooted in a deep understanding of the material in its deployment space, shows several dimensional achievements, accompanied by conceptual ideas, a preparatory work originating from his imprint of love and experimental paradigms”
Alexis Mendoza*

*Alexis Mendoza is an artist, writer an independent curator, co-founder and co-curator of the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial.

CONTACTS:
Office of Multicultural Affairs: Jason Benitez, Director
Department of Visual Arts: Lorraine Morales Cox, Associate Professor of Visual Arts
M&B Latin American and Contemporary Art Projects: Carmen Bello, Director of Exhibitions
Gallery hours:
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
All events are free and open to the public.
Union College Visual Arts Atrium Art Gallery
Visual Arts Building
807 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12308-3107
518-388-8710
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Union College
Reamer Campus Center
Schenectady, NY 12308
518-388-6030

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Printbangerz Ball 2

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Volumen

Volumen

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Printing a Monster

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People Can’t Drink OIL! Indiana

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Carlos Barberena en Ancora

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People Can’t Drink OIL! Nicaragua

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Master Prints de Carlos Barberena en la Galeria Nacional

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Carlos Barberena en la Galeria Nacional

La Galería Nacional presenta:

“Master Prints” obra gráfica de Carlos Barberena
Inauguración: Miércoles 15 de Mayo 7:00PM
Sala X, Galería Nacional, Centro Costarricense de Ciencia y Cultura,
Museo de los Niños, San José, Costa Rica.
Abierta al público del 15 de Mayo al 15 de Junio del 2013.

Master Prints

“Master Prints”, es una serie de grabados (Xilografías y Linóleos) en los cuales emplea el proceso de apropiación, variación e intervención de “Obras Maestras”, usando en algunos casos sus títulos y estrategias de composición para insertarles imágenes e iconos contemporáneos dentro de su contenido original que muchas veces transgrede o contradice su significado original.
El interés del artista es reflejar algunas problemáticas como la contaminación ambiental, la explotación desmedida de los recursos naturales, el irrespeto de los derechos humanos, la violencia, el incumplimiento de los derechos laborales, el consumismo y los abusos de poder.

La exposición del artista galardonado con “El Premio Nacional de la Estampa 2012” (del Instituto Nicaragüense de Cultura) se podrá apreciar en un horario de Lunes a Viernes, de 8:00 am a 4:30 pm y los fines de semana, de 9:30 am a las 5:00 pm.
La entrada a la Galería Nacional es gratis para el público en general.
Más información al 2258-4929 Ext. 146
Galería Nacional Calle 4, Avenida 9, San José, Costa Rica.
www.museocr.org

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Biennale

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Santitos at UTPA

SANTITOS at UTPA

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Happy Holidays Felices Fiestas

Coca Cola Bottle (after Warhol)

 

I wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!!
I hope next year brings you Peace, Hope and Happiness with your family and friends.
My best wishes.

Les Deseo unas Felices Fiestas y un Feliz Año Nuevo!!!
Espero que el 2013 les traiga Paz, Esperanza y Felicidad al lado de sus Familiares y Amigos.
Son mis más sinceros Deseos.

www.carlosbarberena.com

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Grabado contemporáneo Costarricense: Estado de la cuestión

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