…”Carlos Barberena documents and memorializes the priceless legacies of immigrants, their nostalgia specifically in the Centro America region. Migration always has been an important subject in Barberena’s, he pays homage to the cyclical, cross-cultural nature and dynamic beauty of the immigrants, offering hope and opportunity amid alienation, welcomes visitors to walk along in order to reflect upon the concept of “passage,” the process of migration and states of transience…” -Alexis Mendoza-/ Curator.
“Promised Land” is a provocative collection of linocuts and Woodcuts that confront social and ecological injustices triggered by the rampant voracity and fraudulent schemes of governments and corporations.
Barberena draws inspiration from the masters and employs a re-conceptualization of their familiar imagery to communicate the lethal sins committed by these institutions and entities.
Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan self-taught Artist / Printmaker based in Chicago. Barberena is associated with the group of contemporary printmakers known as the Outlaw Printmakers.
He has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The United State of America.
His work has been shown in important Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries and Cultural Centers around the world, among them: the 9th Biennale Internationale d’Estampe Contemporaine Trois Rivieres, Canada; La Muerte Niña: Day of the Dead, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; SG Gallery, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia, Italy; featured artist at the 9th Triennial – Mondial de L’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale in Chamalieres, France; the 7th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro at the Lamego Museum in Portugal; Printmaking In / In Graafika Fest at Linnagallerii, Parnu, Estonia; the IX Nicaraguan Visual Arts Biennial (IX BAVNIC) – Ortiz-Gurdián Foundation. “Recycling Memory: Recapturing the Lost City” PAC Museum, Managua, Nicaragua; Tartu Printmaking Fest 2014, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia; LAPS 21, National Printmaking Biennial, CSUN Art Galleries, Northridge, CA; Pulso: Arte de las Américas, KCAD Fed Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI; “Santitos”, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago; Hanal Pixan – Food for the Souls, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; III Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, New York; “Les Saltimbanques” an homage to Gustave Doré at the Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot – MARQ – in France, where his work was exhibited alongside Doré’s Masterpiece; III World Body Art Conference in Venezuela, Lia Bermudez Museum; V Biennial of Caribbean Dominican Republic, Museum of the Dominican Man; 8th Triennial – Mondial de L’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale in Chamalieres, France; 6th KIWA at the Kyoto Museum of Art in Japan; Takanabe Art Museum, Miyazaki, Japan; Latin American & Nicaraguan Printmaking, former Convent of San Francisco Museum, Granada, Nicaragua; 24 Grafiekbiennale Sint-Niklaas, International Exlibriscentrum, Stedelijke Musea, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium and the XIII Art Salon, Identity Imprint: A Glance at Ibero-American Printmaking at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC.
He has received various awards, most notably the “National Printmaking Award 2012” given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture in Managua, Nicaragua; “Parchaim d’Honneur” 8 Triennale Mondial de l’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale. AMAC, Chamaliares, France and the award- poster for the Ecology and Human Rights in Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, given by GEBANA in Berlin, Germany.
Barberena’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including Ortíz-Gurdián Museum, León, Nicaragua; Douro Printmaking Biennial Collection, Museu do Gravura, Alijo, Portugal; Academia Non Grata, Pärnu, Estonia; Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago, USA; Artist Printmaker Research Collection, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA; Special Collection, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA; The National Gallery, San José, Costa Rica; Museum of Contemporary Art “Julio Cortazar”, Managua, Nicaragua; Permanent Art Collection of the Bibliotheca of Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt; Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois; KIWA, Kyoto, Japan; the School of Fine Arts, (UNAM), Mexico; the Triennial Prints Cabinet, AMAC, France, the International Exlibriscentrum, Stedelijke Museum in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium; the Lia Bermudez Museum, Venezuela; Former Jesuit College Cultural Center, Patzcuaro, Mexico and Praxis Gallery of Nicaragua.