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irene carlos

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Birth year

Lives in

Works in
Códice (Nicaragua), Tribeka(San Salvador) Ana Lucia Gómez, Arte Latinoamericano ( Guatemala) , Galeria Valanti (Costa Rica),


Representing galleries
Ana Lucia Gómez Arte Latinoamericano, Carlow&Co. Galeria Códice

sculpture, abstract, gallery mixed-media painting abstract sculpture painting photography


In may 2011 the possibility of travelling to Afghanistan came through. 

The fact to be able to go to one of the most important historical places of antiquity , mid path of the “Silk Road” , invaded by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and now a days , still making history,  with an invasion of more than 300 hundred thousand military men and woman of different nationalities, pushed me forward into channeling all my energy towards departing as soon as possiblle.

The opportunity of having a Studio to paint in Herat City, as well as to be able to visit Kabul and Bamyam has been one of the most fullfilling and treasurable experiences that I have ever had.

Day to day, the complete and unconditional support of many people, made me realize that we all,  are part of an universal web of interdependence, nothing moves on its own, we are all connected by causes and conditions.

I have travelled before on my own in Asia, but travelling alone in Afghanistan , where life by minutes can be so fragile, and lenguage and  religión are so particular, made my state of concioussness highly alert and extremely perceptive

As an artist, I am driven to inmerse myself in   cultures different to mine. Exposing myself to new textures of earth, flavors, colors and stories of their inhabitants.

The camera, my inseparable companion, connects the inner vision of my eyes, capturing and sealing  alluring images that will be kept and shared. 

Months have passed since my trip, and I am still in awe, deeply moved by unique memories of the day to day life of Herati people in their struggle to live peacefully in a country at war.

 Women, fight for freedom in a culture where  restrictions keep them shun under their veils. They are unacknowledged heroines in their silent steps.

Passersbys, walk in dusty streets on their way to bazaars,  risking their lifes. Boys and girls go to school without knowing at what moment  a car, or a man with a bomb under his turbant  will explode.

With  my work, I want to show not only the  Afghanistan under the yoke of a cruel war, the Afghanistan of blood, but a country where people dare to go for picnic on Fridays at Babur Gardens,  families gathering at Ban D Amir ( one of the most exquisite places in this world), praying at Gazergah, at the tomb of the sufi poet Ansari, or people who go to buy birds and cages at Kafaroshi Birds Market in Kabul.

Girls and boys on their way to school , and the sowers of potatoes and barley. All of those  who´s only wish is a life without fear, a life of peace.


Irene Carlos


Like A Departure Point…

When one begins to make a weave, the development of the fiber begins from a point. In similar form to a ball of yarn, a cocoon, the creations of Irene grow from an epicenter. Their works have an axis from which they develop and they increase. For that reason they are tied to life or rather they emulate that vital growth that goes from inside to outside.

Centered in a convergence, these compositions are centripetal, because their parts join in organic forms, causing a full vision, which it is easy to enter into them selves and feel embraced as in a maternal breast. For that reason, we are caught and surrounded by them. We become part of a whirlpool that absorbs to us trough its colors, textures and outlines.

One does not theorize in front of this works, you sense them and enter in connection with something that has been in gestation and given birth with the force and tenderness of life. The primitive character where they have been carried and the visual vocabulary with which they speak to us, take us to very elementary experiences; they connect to us with our vital and simultaneously spiritual center.

Its impact is direct, as it is in the rhythms, sounds and elements of nature. Each one evokes the form into which the climate, geography, earth, water and wind are part of our life and our surroundings.

Irene transmits the sense of the vital and primordial. Her artist vocabulary put us in front of the ancestral, she grants us immediately with the fundamental and archaic.                                                                                                    Silvia Herrera Ubico/ 2008


Irene Carlos


Solo Exhibits

2010 Gallery Ana Lucia Gómez, Guatemala

2007 Gallery Ana Lucia Gómez Guatemala

2005 Gallery Panza Verde, Antigua Guatemala

2004 Gallery Ana Lucia Gomez, Guatemala

2003 Vertice Gallery, Guatemala

2002 Vertice Gallery, Guatemala

2001 Atico Gallery, Guatemala

2000 Gallery Viva, Captiva Island, USA

1999 Gallery Codice, Nicaragua

1999 Gallery Vilanova, San Salvador

1999 Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala

1998 Gallery Plástica Contemporánea, Guatemala

1996 Gallery Plástica Contemporánea, Guatemala

1995 Gallery Plástica Contemporánea, Guatemala

1994 Museo Ixchel, Guatemala

1992 Gallery Plástica Contemporánea, Guatemala

1991 Gallery Plástica Contemporánea , Guatemala

1990 Gallery 1-2-3 ,San Salvador

1989 Gallery Plásica Conemporánea, Guatemala

1987 Gallery, “The Gallery”, San Salvador

1986 Gallery El Túnel, Guatemala

1985 Museo Ixchel, Guatemala

Relevant Group Shows

2010 Gallery Códice, Nicaragua

2010 North American Costa Rican Cultural Center, Costa Rica

2007 Gallery Carlow & Co. Costa Rica

2005 Paradehuset Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2001 Tourist Group Kinki, Japan

2000 Artique Gallery, Guatemala

1999 Latin American Festival, 1999 World Trade Center Club, Taipei

1998 Taipei Art Fair

Gallery Portales, Honduras, Gallery Códice, Nicaragua,

Valanti Gallery, Costa Rica, Gallery Vilanova, San Salvador,

Gallery Plástica Contemporánea, Guatemala.

1997 Patronato Pro-Patrimonio Cultural, San Salvador

1996 Gallery Art-Consult, Panama

1995 Gallery Sol del Rio, Guatemala

1994 GalleryPlástica Contemporánea, Guatemala

1993 Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic, Gallery I-2-3,

San Salvador, Museum Hildesheim, Germany

1991 Museum of Modern Art, Dominican Republic

Sol Del Rio Gallery, Guatemala

1988 Centro Cultural de La Villa, Spain

Public Collections

Lloyds Bank

Promerica Bank

Citi Bank

Banco del Café

Museo de Arte Moderno, Dominican Republic

Awards and Honors:

1993 Selected Artist in Residence

Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic.

2010 Invited as a creative artist in the Biennial

Iberoamerican Textile Network, Costa Rica

Selected Bibliography

2007 El Hilo de el Discurso, book by Lucrecia médez de Penedo

2006 Latin Amercan Art, National Art Museum, Guatemala

2005 Liv I Billeder, Samtidskunst Fra Guatemala, Denmark

1997 Magazine “Guayampopo” Interview by: Armando Herrera, San


1998 The Spanish American Quixote, Don Quixote de la Mancha

Estampa Ediciones, Centro de Estudios Cervantes, Madrid

1995 Liv I billeder, Fra Samtidskunst Guatemala

1991 Central American Magazine "Panorama" Published by ICAN

article by Lucrecia Méndez de Penedo

Recent Exhibits

irene carlos participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2010 Hacia Paxil
Galería Ana Lucía Gómez
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Galería Ana Lucía Gómez
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