Carlos Sueños

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The works of Carlos Sueños cover painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramic tiles, video and digital art. The images range from fantastic to nature themes like trees and landscapes. He continues to study ancient human societies in his quest for the origins of the meaning and purpose of art.

Sobre el Artista

About the Artist

Carlos Sueños: (b.1952, San Juan, Puerto Rico) graduated in 1978 in Interdisciplinary Studies (art, dance-theater, mime, anthropology) at the University of Puerto Rico. He also studied at the San Juan Art League and the National Center for the Arts in San Juan. While a student he organized individual and group exhibitions in order to bring the arts to mainstream society.

In 1978 he moved to New York City to continue research in art and anthropology while working at the renowned Printmaking Workshop Inc. under the tutorship of its founder-director Robert Blackburn.

Here he was curator and registrar of the international print collection amassed during 50 years of its existence since 1949 when it was founded by Blackburn, Will Barnet, Romare Bearden, Krishna Reddy, among others.

His works have been exhibited at major galleries and museums in Puerto Rico, the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He is a member (silver medal) of the Academy of Letters, Arts and Science of France and has been awarded among others by:

  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts (2 categories)
  • Print Biennials in San Juan, P.R. and Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • International Review, University of Urbino, Italy
  • Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, P.R.

His works are included in the collections of major corporations, private collectors and public institutions such as: The Library of Congress, Wash. D.C.; Museo del Barrio, N.Y.; New York Public Library; Omar Rayo Museum, Roldanillo, Colombia; Museums of Modern Art in Mexico City and Caracas, Venezuela; Museum of Art and Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico; Institute of Culture, San Juan, P.R.; Cervantes Institute, Rome, Italy; among others. SueƱos was a finalist for the murals of the "1% for the Arts" Public Projects in New York State and was commissioned to create the "walkway installation" by international fashion designer Alexander Julian for the 1997 "Seventh on Sixth Fashion Festival" in New York City's Bryant Park.

Carlos also worked at Museo del Barrio collections in N.Y.; Ollantay Center for the Arts in Queens; as independent curator and traveled nationwide as visiting artist-lecturer. His lectures and interactive wokshops cover themes as varied as the origins of art in prehistory, Francisco Goya's life and works, Latin American art, pre-Columbian art and culture and the impact of the digital arts in today's society.

The artist with Totem: Carite Landscape, 2004, mixed media sculpture on PVC cylinder, 48x6 in.