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Carlota P. Arenas born in Tinaquillo, Cojedes State, Venezuela. She initiate as an autodidact in 1973. Then participated for several years in the workshop of Master Pedro Centeno Vallenllla and after she studied at the School Cristobal Rojas and England.

 

Six periods can be distinguished in her trajectory:


(1976-1988) - REALISM AND FIRST EXPERIMENTATIONS.


(1989-1991) - TRANSPARENCIES AND DISSOLUTIONS.


(1991-1992) - TEXTURES AND PASTES.


(1992-1994) - PETROLEUM: BLACK, WHITE AND COLOR.


(1995-2003) - BEYOND THE CANVAS: SERIES, COLLAGES AND DIGITIZED WORK.


(2003-Present) - ASSEMBLIES AND INSTALLATIONS.

 

 

THE WORK OF ARENAS: A PASSION RECOVERED



Since childhood, in her native Tinaquillo, she love those endless prairie landscapes; dry and dusty few months, others covered with water as far as the eye. When she saw his father go riding through his fields, she imagined Bolívar Páez or riding across the plain. The house was full of tales of the heroism of his ancestor, General Perez Arroyo who, as they had, had continued fighting with his men after losing the language of a shot.


These landscapes and these heroes will fill your imagination. When her mother widowed, she decided to move with the family to Valencia and it was there, as a teenager, Carlota Perez Arenas could fulfill their dream of taking painting classes. she loved the smell of oil but she terrified the white canvas. She was filling quickly with some stains to lose the fear and to continue painting. Sometimes she felt the need to rebel and invent the colors or finish the edges. But she contained.The works of this young season only fit you, by chance, "El Cerro del Buitre".


She had to wait many decades and watch grow five children before he could enjoy the infinite freedom of the artist. Along the way he discovered photography and was deeply devoted to her. She became fascinated with the human face and rummaged into her secrets, while learning the effects of chiaroscuro. She learned to reveal and spent long hours in the darkroom experimenting with different ways to achieve dramatic. In 1956 her "Pescador" won a prize in a competition in Germany. That gave him much encouragement, but the circumstances of life were away from the photographic activity.



El Pescador


Meanwhile her youthful love of painting remained hidden but alive. One day, by chance, she had been on the breakfast table and began to observe the timber wall. In the grain of the wood he thought he saw a very expressive face and wanted to paint it. The only thing I had on hand was the "cipe" coffee that had been prepared in the "manga". She looked for a piece of plasterboard, took the wet coffee in her fingers and began to paint with great joy. Since that day she has continued to experiment with all the resources and materials at your fingertips. From oil to pure oil, from acrylic to watercolor, from Prismacolor crayons to charcoal, from the plane to the collage and sculpture. Painting on canvas and wood, on sheets of acrylic or colored paper. Weapon figures with wire and wire stamen over and then combines them with the lights of a television or whatever catches your eye around. She learned to use the computer just to assemble collages and experiment with images. She makes sculptures with clay and shells Chaguaramo sheet.


She admires to Reveron and Picasso; seeks teachers from Pedro Centeno Vallenllla to Gladys Gonzalez and Roberto Medina, but maintains its absolute rebellion against any school and any limitations. From that day she resumed her passion until today, when she is close to one hundred years, she has been traveling the world of artistic expression with the same courage with which her father ran the plain riding infinity.

INDIVIDUAL

 

 

2010 "Arenas Unlimited". Retrospective exhibition at the Art Center Daniel Suarez, Caracas

1993 "The Triunviras" Exhibition Spaces Viva Mexico, Caracas

1991 "Faces" Gallery Mayz Lyon, Caracas

1991 "Faces of Carlota Arenas" Galleries Muses, Maracaibo

 

COLLECTIVES

 

2011 Collective 25 editions Twenty-five works. Art Center Daniel Suarez, Caracas.

2011 Collective Color Shape texture. Art Center Daniel Suarez, Caracas

1999 Collective. Palace of Conventions, Havana, Cuba

1998 Collective Internet Tibet. Art4.net

1996 "17 Venezuelan Artists", Mallorca, Spain

1994 Engravings / "Mini Prints" Gallery America, Caracas

1990/91 Annual Collective Gallery Mayz Lyon, Caracas

1990 Gallery La Otrabanda, Merida

1990 Gallery Braulio Salazar, Valencia

1990 Gallery America, Caracas

1988 Collective. Ibero-American Institute, Caracas

1985/86/91 Collective samples, Caracas Museum

1985 Cristobal Rojas School, Spiral Gallery

1981-85 Participation in the Annual Workshop Shows Pedro Centeno Vallenllla

 

HALLS

 

2006 Travelling exhibition tribute to Generalissimo Francisco de Miranda, Historical Heritage of the Nation

2005 Mega exhibition in honor of Jesus Soto, Alejandro Otero Museum, Caracas

1995 VI Biennial of Visual Arts Francisco Lazo Martí, Calabozo

1995 III Salon of Plastic Arts Cristóbal Rojas Mirandino

1994 I Municipal Hall of Visual Arts, Centro Consolidado

1993/95/2005 II, III and IV National Biennial of Art of Puerto La Cruz

1993/4 IV and V Municipal Hall of Visual Arts Los Salias

1993 IV Biennial of Visual Arts Francisco Lazo Martí, Calabozo

1993 II Municipal Hall of Guanare

1993 II Biennial of Art, Puerto La Cruz

1992 XII Painting Hall of the Ateneo de Carupano

1992 II National Painting, Guanare

1991 I National Art Biennial, Puerto La Cruz

1990/98 XVI and XXIII National Exhibition of Art Aragua, Maracay

1989 XX National Painting, Centennial Armando Reveron. Museum La Rinconada

1984 I Annual Exhibition of Painting and Drawing, Art Salon City Cagua

1983 VII Art Exhibition "Tito Salas", School of Visual Arts R. Monasteries, Maracay

1983 I Municipal Hall of Sucre District

1982/83/93/94/95 XI/XII/XXI/XXII and XXIII Municipal Hall Plastic Arts Prize. Municipal council, DF

1982 Hall of Plastic Arts. "Gral. Jose Antonio Paez". Congress of the Republic

1982 Biennial of Painting and Drawing, Maracay.

 

AWARDS AND MENTIONS

 

GOLD MEDAL, I Hall Sucre Municipal District.

 

FIRST PRIZE Painting Mention, IV Municipal Hall Los Salias.

 

HONORARY MENTION, XII Municipal Arts Salon City, Tribute to Elisa Elvira Zuloaga.

 

1st MENTION IN DRAWING, IV Biennial of Visual Arts, Francisco Lazo Martí.

 



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