Born in Paris, France, Carolina Otero is a Venezuelan visual artist based in Houston, Texas. A graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, Otero has long used reclaimed materials— discarded books, catalogs, magazine clippings, reproductions of classic works of art, etc, in combination with pastels, watercolor, pencils, ink and acrylic paint, in small and large-scale collages and mixed-medium compositions, often featuring expressive brushwork.In addition to her lifelong practice as a visual artist, Otero relishes teaching art to students of all ages, including other art educators. Her interest in learning creative processes linked to a variety of expressive means has led her to pursue independent studies related to pedagogy and human development wherever she happens to live and work.
Carolina Otero has had solo exhibitions at Pinta Miami Art Fair 2017, PINTA PLATFORM, Galería Regina, Houston, French Alliance Gallery, Galería Okyo, Galería Félix and Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela; Asociación Ateneo de Aragua, Ateneo de Maracay, Venezuela; Galerie des 7 voies, Paris, France; Thereses Kunstsalong, Oslo, Norway.
Group exhibitions include, South American Focus I, the Annual Show at the Jung Center and the ALH Show at Art League in Houston; Nina Torres Art Gallery, Miami; Mario Abreu Contemporary Art Museum, Maracay; among others. Her work is held in public and private collections in the U.S., Norway, Australia, France, and Venezuela.
LIST OF WORKS
- Baldwin Park. Intervened Solar Print I ( Work on paper. 15 x 22 inches, 2018)
- Baldwin Park. Intervened Solar Print II ( Work on paper. 15 x 22 inches, 2018)
- Baldwin Park .Solar Print I. ( Work on paper. 11 x 15 inches, 2018
- Baldwin Park. Solar Print II. ( Work on paper. 11 x 15 inches, 2018)
- From the Passage Series . Solar Print. ( Work on paper. 15 x 22 inches, 2018)
Artist Statement I was born and grew up in a family of artists and educators.For as long as I can remember, I was enchanted by the practice -and idea- of making/creating things and inviting others to do so. To me, art means the almost sacred possibility of relating and communicating with others through autonomous languages. Art has allowed me to connect with people throughout time and across the world. I have worked on drawing, painting, mixed media, collage and printmaking. My work consists of poetic evocations of nature and culture usually made up by deconstructions and layers. Generally, I do not start with a preconceived image in mind. It reveals itself to me as I work. Because materials are very relevant in my practice, each body of work is an exploration on the expressive potential of the media. I am inclined to work in series. I take up a theme and expand on it to exhaustion. I have a fascination for paper and I have also had a fascination for found printed images which I transform and deconstruct. Drawing is an essential element in my work. Direct, often energetic visual gestures made up of different media, are part of my layers. I am currently working with photography. As I arrived in Houston 5 plus years ago, I set myself the task of making the city my own, through the lens of my phone. About a year and a half ago, I used some of those images which I had printed in black and white, I cut them into squares and collaged a series of images together. As of now, because of my love for paper, I am digitally printing the collages into handmade books. It is a reading of spaces, a narrative of sorts of how I see this town as I move in time and space. It is an intimate portrait of this large city.
Birthplace Planet Earth
2224 Taft Street
First ward , Houston, TX 77006