Carlos Luna

  • 1

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    "Bailaora"

    2015
    Jacquard Tapestry
    Edition of 10
    81 x 71 inches
    205 x 180 cm

  • 2

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Untitled

    2010
    Gouache and charcoal on Amate paper
    16 x 24 inches
    40 x 60 cm

  • 3

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Untitled

    2010
    Gouache and charcoal on Amate paper
    16 x 24 inches
    40 x 60 cm

  • 4

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    "Dreamer"

    2015
    Jacquard Tapestry
    Edition of 10
    93 x 72 inches
    236 x 183 cm
  • 5

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Untitled

    2012
    Mixed media on paper
    23 x 31 inches
    58.5 x 79 cm

  • 6

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Untitled

    2012
    Mixed media on paper
    23 x 30 ½ inches
    58.5 x 77.5 cm

Carlos Luna

LunaCarlos Luna (born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, in 1969) is one of the most important Latin American artists, thanks to his fast-paced career and a well-defined personal style.  Because of his early vocation for the visual arts and his talent, he was able to study at the best art schools of his country, beginning with the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts of San Alejandro in Havana. He then studied at The National School of Visual Arts (ENAP) and the Higher Institute of Art, both also in Havana, during one of Cuba’s most innovative and vigorous art movements, the so called “Art of the 80's”, which put Cuba back on the map of the international art world.  

With his enterprising spirit and unshakable eagerness to artistic growth, Luna left Cuba for Mexico in 1991, where his career entered a new phase of exploration and development.  In that country, he felt welcome, and integrated himself into its cultural life throughout a decade. There, he connected with its finest artists and thinkers, raised a family, and continued to be involved in many artistic projects. Exile has given him a new perspective on his roots as he has incorporated new materials and techniques, which both broaden and consolidate his poetic vision. It has also given him the opportunity to take his artistic vision to a global scale.

In 2001, Carlos Luna obtained a U.S. EB-1-1 Extraordinary Ability visa and decided to emigrate to the United States with his wife and three children. His work was enthusiastically received by the American artistic community, which quickly allowed him access to the most demanding art circuits. More than 60 exhibitions in museums and institutions throughout the country are a clear proof of it.  It is during this past decade that Luna has expanded his exhibition opportunities, internationalizing his impact and getting an appreciation of his art on a wider stage. 

This acclaim is attested to by a growing number of exhibitions at important museums in recent years, including Pablo Picasso Ceramics/Carlos Luna Paintings (Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL); Carlos Luna: The Great Mambo [El Gran Mambo] (Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA); Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL); Bass Museum of Art (Miami Beach, FL); American University Museum (Washington, D.C.); Polk Museum of Art (Lakeland, FL); Susquehanna Art Museum (Harrisburg, PA); Art Gallery of Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA), and Heather James Fine Art (Palm Desert, CA). 

It is also in this decade that Carlos Luna has maintained an active presence in numerous international shows in Latin America and Europe, most notably as a special guest of the Salon of Fall in Paris (France, 2012).  The Interest in Carlos Luna's work is also evident in the growing demand for it at auctions all over the U.S.  especially at the major auction houses in New York.   

Selected Museum Collections:

Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY       
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley Collage, Annville PA

Selected Reviews:

The iconography and the stories told in Luna’s paintings are at once particular incidents and universal themes. They bring to consciousness the ordinary life experiences: passion, violence, ambition, conflict, humor, irony, and sensuality. 
Dr. Curtis L. Carter
Founder Director, Haggerty Museum of Art
 
From the moment I first encountered the art of Carlos Luna I found it visually and intellectually compelling. I felt as a viewer the great sense of security that comes from being in the presence of a master. As curator of contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and at the Dallas Museum, I was exposed to and worked with the leading contemporary artists of the 1980s and 1990s from Anselm Kiefer to Damien Hirst. Carlos Luna’s work strikes me as having the same sense of authority and depth in dealing with the human condition as their work did at the time.
Annegreth Nil
Chief Curator, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
 
He also makes the transition from painting and drawing to sculpture and ceramics with a natural facility that allows the same attention to detail to dominate a variety of surfaces. Constantly exploring materials for his dedicated and meticulous approach to the creative process, Luna seems to have never-ending resources to enhance the multitude of characters and their stories that fill his works.
Carol Damian
Director, Frost Art Museum
 
I was struck first and foremost by Carlos’s unmitigated passion for his art. Never, in my more than fifteen years of experience as a museum/gallery professional, have I witnessed an artist more driven by his creative impulses than Carlos.
Scott A. Schweigert
Curator, Reading Public Museum
 
Carlos Luna’s talent is EXCEPTIONAL. His personality is solid as a pyramid. Among his many qualities stand out fearlessness, the capacity to learn from the world, and, no less important, to listen to himself. He genuinely belongs to the élite of artists who possess and fulfill the four cardinal points of creation: head, hands, heart and balls.
Alberto Carol
Artist
 
Carlos Luna style cannot be copied: it is simply overwhelming.
Jesus Rosado
Writer
 
What is most striking about the work of both Picasso and Luna is its incredible vitality, even potency. Both artists’ work has often been discussed in those terms. Their most successful paintings, whether done on canvas or paper or in clay, exert an incredible magnetism on the viewer. Their work seems to cast a spell on you, to hold you captive and transport you to a higher state of consciousness and aliveness.
Annegreth Nil
Chief Curator, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
 
Luna is a man who is extremely connected to and respectful of his past, and it is his many histories, both personal and cultural, that form the substance of his work. His paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramic pieces are layered with as much complex symbolism and tradition as they are with meticulously applied materials.
Carol Cheh
Writer
 
To say that Carlos Luna’s work is a grand comedy in which playfulness, irony, sarcasm, and caricature — the “pop” aspect of his painting — immediately seduce viewers and draw them in, is to recognize just one side of the coin.
Enrique García Gutiérrez
Writer
 
The theater’s wakefulness: the painting of Carlos Luna.
Jaime Moreno Villareal
Writer 
 
The ability to restore the magnetic power from the disperse fragments of the ancient religious world is the vital impulse that I esteem and admire in the work of Carlos Luna.
Juan Soriano
Artist
 
The compendium of humans, animals and objects that inhabit Carlos Luna’s paintings and drawings signify pieces the artist’s own history.  They represent the dog-eared pages from his memoirs or yellowed sheets from his scrapbook—re-imagined in the extraordinary context of his artistic vision.
Scott A. Schweigert
Curator, Reading Public Museum
 
Luna’s alligators now share living quarters with Picasso’s bulls.
Jesus Rosado
Writer
 
In Luna, we find a talent that is, inclined to deconstruct and reconstruct the territory of an art that inevitably touches the borders of other major works such as Picasso’s.
Jesus Rosado
Writer

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