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

  • 7

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Stop

    2018
    Oil on canvas
    47 x 59 inches
    119.5 x 150 cm

  • 8

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Mua

    2018
    Oil on canvas
    47 x 59 inches
    119.5 x 150 cm

  • 9

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Untitled

    2016
    Mixed media on paper on wood
    12 x 15 inches
    30.5 x 38.5 cm

  • 10

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Untitled

    2016
    Mixed media on paper on wood
    12 x 15 inches
    30 x 39 cm

  • 11

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Flower Power

    2018
    Mixed media on wood
    39.5 x 71 inches
    100 x 180 cm

  • 12

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Catalina

    2018
    Mixed media on wood
    54 x 48 inches
    137 x 122 cms

  • 13

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Camila and her flowers

    2018
    Byzantine mosaic
    47 x 59 inches
    119.5 x 150 cm

  • 14

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Untitled

    2015
    Round Plate - Talavera Ceramics
    diameter 17.5 inches
    44.5 cm

  • 15

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    Gallo

    2017
    Stainless steel
    27.5 inches Height
    70 cm Height

  • 16

    Carlos Luna (b. 1969)

    La Poblana

    2018
    High impact aluminum
    21 inches Height
    53 cm Height

Carlos Luna

Carlos Luna BioCarlos 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); and Art Gallery of Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA). 

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.   

CARLOS LUNA

Born January 2, 1969, Pinar del Río, Cuba
Left Cuba in 1991
Lived in Puebla, Mexico between 1991 and 2002
Resides in the U.S. since 2002 with his wife and their three children

 

EDUCATION

1987-91 Visual Arts College (Instituto Superior de Arte), Havana
1984-87 National School of the Arts (Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, ENAP), Havana
1983-84 Academia de San Alejandro, Havana
1980-83 School of Visual Arts (Escuela Provincial de Artes Plasticas), Pinar del Río, Cuba

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 · Flower Power; Art of the World Gallery, Houston, TX*
· Public Art Project; Zócalo, Fiscalía, Panteón, Puebla, Mexico

2017 · Deep Line, Drawings by Carlos Luna; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
· Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna; American University Museum,Washington, DC*
· Dialogues: Carlos Luna; Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Forth Smith, AR
· Scope Miami; Espinasse 31, Milan Italy

2016 · Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna; Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, Mexico *

2015 · Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna; Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL *

2011 · Carlos Luna: Los Decorados; Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA *

2009 · Pablo Picasso Ceramics | Carlos Luna Paintings; Complejo Cultural Universitario BUAP, Puebla, Mexico *
· Pablo Picasso Ceramics | Carlos Luna Paintings; Miramar Cultural Center - Artspark, Miramar, FL*

2008 · Pablo Picasso Ceramics | Carlos Luna Paintings; Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL *
· Carlos Luna: El Gran Mambo; American University Museum, Washington, DC *
· Carlos Luna: El Gran Mambo; Museum of Latin American Art – Molaa, Long Beach, CA *

2007 · Carlos Luna: Personal Histories; (Oil paintings) Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA *
· Carlos Luna: Personal Histories; (Works on amate paper) The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley Collage, Annville, PA *
· Carlos Luna: Personal Histories; (Oils and works on amate paper) Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL *
· Art Santa Fe; Osuna Art, Washington, DC *

2006 · Naci pa’ ser feliz; Gomez Fine Art-Galeria, San Juan, PR *

2005 · Retratos de Carlos Luna; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL *
· Carlos Luna; Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, FL

2001 · Paso a Paso; Museo Poblano de Arte Virreinal, Puebla, Mexico *

1998 · Women of Sensuality; Amalia Mahoney Gallery, Chicago, IL
· Presencia de Carlos Luna; Casa de la Cultura, Puebla, Mexico

1997 · Yo traigo de Todo; Casa de los Muñecos, University Museum, Puebla, Mexico *
· Carlos Luna; Oscar Roman Gallery, Mexico DF

1996 · Entre Gallos y Mujeres; Amalia Mahoney Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995 · Mi Madre, Mi Patria; Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico *

1994 · El Bestiario II; Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico DF *

1993 · El Bestiario; Javier Lumbreras Fine Arts, Coral Gables, Florida*

1992 · El Fuego Secreto; La Casita Gallery, Mexico DF

1991 · Sin permiso no se puede tumba; Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, NL, Mexico

1987 · Imágenes del Paraíso; Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas Gallery, Havana

1986 · Carlos Luna II; Atilano Armenteros Ramos Gallery, San Luis, Pinar del Rio, Cuba

1984 · Carlos Luna; Atilano Armenteros Ramos Gallery, San Luis, Pinar del Rio, Cuba

 

GROUP EXHIBITION S

2018 · Nomadic Murals: Contemporary Tapestries and Carpets; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
· ART: The Fifth Element; Art of the World Gallery, Houston, TX
· Exintex; Bonasa, Puebla, Mexico

2017 · Latin American Art; Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA *
· Homage to Mango Street, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

2016 · Evocación al Paisaje; Manuel García Arte Contemporaneo, Oaxaca, México
· Talavera Poblana. Pasado y Presente; Franz Mayer Museum, México D.F. *
· Group Show; Art of the World Gallery, Houston, TX

2015 · KIAF Art Seoul; Art of the World Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
· 75 años, 75 artistas; Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico.
· Agave y Caña; Instituto Cultural de Mexico, Miami, Florida *

2014 · Concept, Art Basel; Galeria Medicci, Miami, FL
· FIA; XXll Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, Galeria Medicci, Caracas, Venezuela *
· Group Show; Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2013 · Art Wynwood Fair; Galeria Medicci, Miami, FL
· FIA; XXll Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, Galeria Medicci, Caracas, Venezuela *
· Houston Fine Art Fair; Art Of The World, Houston, TX

2012 · Houston Fine Art Fair; Art Of The World, Houston, TX
· Palm Springs Fine Art Fair; Heather James Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA
· LA to LA; LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA *
· Grabado; University of the Arts, Havana, Cuba.

2011 · Salon d'Automne 2011: l'AlteRnaTive; Paris *
· Group Show; Heather James Fine Art, Jackson, WY
· Cuba On My Mind; The Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
· Independiente; Espacio-Reforma, Oaxaca, Mexico *

2010 · !Si Cuba!; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
· !Latinas!; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
· Four Views from the MOLAA Permanent Collection; Museum of Latin American Art – Molaa, Long Beach, CA *
· Art in Embassies Program, United States Embassy El Salvador, San Salvador, 2010- 2013 *
· Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art; Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI *
· Art Santa Fe; Osuna Art, Washington, DC

2009 · Latinamerican Art: Classic to Contemporary; Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
· Latin American Painting Now (Pintura Latino Americana de Ahora) Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL

2008 · Art in Embassies Program, United States Embassy Santiago, Chile, 2008-2011 *
· Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art; Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL *
· Visiones: 20th Century Selections from the Nassau County Museum of Art; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
· Art Santa Fe; Osuna Art, Washington, DC

2007 · Latin American Art: Myth & Reality; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
· Alarca, Talavera Contemporanea; El Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico DF *
· Art Miami; Gomez Fine Art-Galeria, San Juan, PR *
· Arte Americas; Maxioli Gallery, Miami, FL *
· Group Show. Latin American Art Gallery; Scottsdale, Arizona

2006 · Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA *
· Diversidades. Del Caribe al Sur; Gomez Fine Art-Galeria, San Juan, PR
· Group show; Lurie Fine Art Galleries, Miami, FL

2005 · Figuratively Speaking; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
· Works on paper; Osuna Art, Bethesda, Maryland
· Arte Americas; George Billis Gallery, Convention Center, Miami, FL *
· Wet; Edge Zones, Worlds Art Building, North Miami, FL *
· Growth Spurt; Edge Zones. Worlds Art Building, North Miami, FL

2004 · "Latin Visions": A Collector's Insight; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
· Scope Miami, Art Basel. Townhouse Hotel; Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, FL
· It’s for the Birds; Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL *
· Summer Miami; Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, FL
· TONDO; Galeria Botello, Hato Rey, PR
· Art Miami; Latin Collector Gallery, Miami, FL *
· Erase una vez en Mexico; Institute of Mexico in Miami, Miami, FL
· American Dream; The Olga M. & Carlos Saladrigas Gallery,The Ignatian
Center for the Arts, Miami, FL *
· The Soul of Latin American Art; Lurie Fine Art Galleries, Boca Raton, FL

2003 · Transfiguration; Palazzo Mediceo-Seravezza, Italy *
· Group Show; Latin Collector, New York, NY
· Group Show; Jorge M. Sori Fine Art, Miami, FL
· Affordable Art Fair; Latin Collector Gallery, New York, NY
· Second Year Anniversary Exhibition; Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, FL

2001 · Pequeño Formato; La Boheme Fine Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

2000 · Una Constelación de Noches; Lopez Quiroga Gallery, Mexico DF *

1999 · Talavera Contemporánea; San Francisco Cultural Center, Contemporary Art Gallery, Puebla, Mexico *
· Millennium; La Boheme Fine Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
· Pequeño Formato; La Boheme Fine Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL
· Mixta s/papel ’99; Lyle O. Reitzel Contemporary Art, Santo Domingo, DR
· Salón de Pequeño Formato; El Espacio Gallery, Mexico DF
· Colección Gobierno del Estado de Puebla; Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo, Puebla, Mexico

1998 · Group Show; Drexel Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
· Arte Erótico; Casa de los Muñecos, University Museum, Puebla, Mexico

1997 · Artistic Odyssey: Cuba-USA; Amalia Mahoney Gallery, Chicago, IL

1996 · Premio MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico *
· Artistas unidos contra el SIDA; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico DF
· El Circo, Oscar Roman Gallery; Mexico DF
· Concurso Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo de Pintura Joven en México. Competition of young painters sponsored by Interamerican Development Bank in Mexico; SHCP Cultural Center, Mexico DF; Art Gallery of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico *
· Anatomía; Oscar Roman Gallery, Mexico DF

1995 · Advento; Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art; Tecali, Puebla, Mexico
· Formas de Expresión; 180º Gallery, Puebla, Mexico
· Group Exhibition; El Angel Gallery, Ciudad Mexico
· Arte Contemporáneo; 180º Gallery, Puebla, Mexico

1994 · One Group Show; Javier Lumbreras Fine Art, Coral Gables, FL
· Ojos que no ven; In Spazio Gallery, Puebla, Mexico
· Aquí y Ahora; 180º Gallery, Puebla, Mexico

1993 · Nacidos en Cuba; Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR *
· One Group Show; Javier Lumbreras Fine Art; Coral Gables, FL
· Colectiva; La Troje de San Mateo Gallery, Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico

1992 · I Bienal de Pintura del Caribe; Santo Domingo, DR
· VIII Bienal Iberoamericana de Arte, América Nuestro Continente, Domeq Cultural Institute, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico DF *
· Pabellón Cubano de las Artes; World Show, Seville 1992, Spain
· La Década prodigiosa; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico DF *

1991 · IV Bienal de La Habana. El Desafío a la Conquista y Colonización; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana *
· VIII Trienal de la India; Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India
· En sus marcos listos II; IV Bienal de la Havana, Havana Gallery, Havana
·18 peintres de Cuba a Paris; Federation Du Val-d´Oise, Paris *
· Salón de profesores; Luz y Oficio Gallery, Havana
· En sus Marcos Listos; Havana Gallery, Havana
· Nacidos en Cuba; Universidad de Valencia, Centro de Arte de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela; Museo de Arte de Toluca, Toluca, Mexico *

1990 · Andar Pinar; Luz y Oficio Gallery, Havana
· V Salón de Premiados; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
· Exposición Colectiva Itinerante de Serigrafía en Centros de Arte de África: School of Fine Arts, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nommo Gallery, Kampala, Uganda; National Art Museum, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; National Art Museum, Harare, Zimbabwe; Ecole de Poto-Poto, Brazzaville, Congo

1989 · De lo Abstracto; Havana Gallery, Havana
· Salón Nacional Asociación Hermanos Saínz; Casa del Joven Creador, Havana
· Homenaje del Instituto Superior de Arte a la Casa de las Américas; Casa de las Americas, Havana
· Jornada de la Cultura Cubana; Tres Mundos Gallery, Managua
· III Bienal de la Habana; Instituto Superior de Arte Gallery, Havana
· V Salón Provincial de Artes Plásticas; Pinar del Rio Gallery, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
· IV Salón de Premiados; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana

1988 ·Arte Cubano Joven; Art Institute of Massachusetts; Boston, Massachusetts
· Festival de la Creación y la Investigación Artística; Instituto Superior de Arte Gallery, Havana
· Jóvenes Artistas Plásticos; Abel Santamaria Museum, Santa Clara, Cuba
· IV Salón Provincial de Artes Plásticas; Pinar del Rio Gallery, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
· Salón de la Ciudad; Luz y Oficio Gallery, Havana

1987 · Veintitantos Abriles; Havana Gallery, Havana
· Salón de la Ciudad; Servando Cabrera Moreno Gallery, Havana
· III Salón Provincial de Artes Plásticas; Pinar del Rio Gallery, Pinar del Rio, Cuba

1986 · Salón Interescolar; Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas and Academia de San Alejandro, Havana

1985 · Salón Nacional de Escuelas de Arte; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana

 

MUSEUM AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
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
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley Collage, Annville PA
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
Museo Poblano de Arte Virreinal, Puebla, Mexico
Museo Casa de los Muñecos, Puebla, Mexico
Banco de Mexico Collection, Mexico DF
Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico Collection, Mexico DF
Gobierno del Estado de Puebla Collection, Puebla, Mexico
Casa de la Cultura, Puebla, Mexico
Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico
Colección Talavera Santa Catarina, Puebla, Mexico
Talavera Uriarte Ceramics Collection, Puebla, Mexico
Alarca Museo de la Talavera, Puebla, Mexico
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
Wifredo Lam Center, Havana
The Ludwig Foundation, Germany
The Jaime Wasch Foundation, Spain
The Miterrand Foundation, France


SCULPTURE IN PUBLIC SPACES

Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Complejo Cultural Universitario BUAP, Puebla, Mexico

 

AWARDS

2008 · Artist in Residence; Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
· New American Paintings; Juried Exhibition-in-Print, Number 76 *
2001 · Grant award; Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY *
1998 · Fellowship; State Government of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
1997 · Fellowship; State Government of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
1991 · First Prize; Salon de Profesores, Luz y Oficio Gallery, Havana
1989 · First Prize; V Salón Provincial de Artes Plásticas; Pinar del Rio, Cuba
· “IV Salón Nacional de Premiados” Award; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
1988 · First Prize; Salon de la Ciudad, Luz y Oficio Gallery, Havana
· First Prize; IV Salón Provincial de Artes Plásticas, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
1987 · Honorable Mention; Salón Playa, Servando Cabrera Moreno Gallery, Havana
1986 · “Salón Interescolar” Award; Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas and Academia de San Alejandro, Havana
SPECIAL AWARD
In 2001, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service granted Carlos Luna an EB-1-1 (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) Immigrant Visa. Granted under very special circumstances to applicants who can prove outstanding artistic, scientific, athletic, community, or scholarly performance, the EB-1-1 Visa affords the recipient and his family permanent residence status in the U.S.

 

AUCTIONS

2016 · Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art, [Lots 103, 104 & 105] December 6, 2016, Philadelphia, PA

2015 · Latin American Art Auction # 767, [Lot 15] Morton Auction House, Mexico, DF
· Latin American Art Auction #745, [Lot 122] Morton Auction House, Mexico, DF

2014 · Latin American Art Auction #726, [Lots 136 & 137] Morton Auction House, Mexico, DF

2013 · Latin American Art Auction #670, [Lot 197] Morton Auction House, Mexico, DF

2012 · All About Art, [Lot 47] Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
· Mexican and Other Artists Art Auction #642, [Lot 158] Morton Auction House, Mexico, DF

2011 · Auction 2011, [Lots 32 & 55] Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

2009 · Sotheby's Latin American Art, [Lot 175] November 19, 2009, New York, NY
· Auction 09, Contemporary Latin American Art, [Lot 43], Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

2008 · Sotheby's Latin American Art, [Lot 250] November 19, 2008, New York, NY
· Sotheby's Latin American Art, [Lot 277] May 30, 2008, New York, NY
· Auction 08, Contemporary Latin American Art, [Lot 31], Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
· The Rare Event Auction, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FL

2007 · Sotheby's Latin American Art, [Lot 290] November 21, 2007, New York, NY
· The Rare Event Auction, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FL
· Auction Carnaval do Rio – Oba, The ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
· Modern and Contemporary Art Auction, [Lot 158] Morton Auction House, Mexico, DF

2006 · Sotheby's Latin American Art, [Lot 185] May 25, 2006, New York, NY

· Auction 06, Contemporary Latin American Art, [Lot 8 & 151], Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

2005 · Auction 05, Contemporary Latin American Art, [Lot 22], Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
· Internacional Kids Fund, Latin American Art Auction 2005, Miami Art Central, Miami FL

 

* Exhibition accompanied by catalogue

 

 

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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