Photo: Oriol Tarridas, Courtesy of CIFO

Mid-career Artist Award Recipient


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Carlos Castro Arias was born in 1976, in Colombia, he currently lives and works between San Diego, Tijuana and Bogota. He is interested in art, music, history, education, and is a chronicler of his time. In his work, he formally re-contextualizes and symbolically finds objects and images from his surroundings. They are highly socially and politically charged, creating new narratives that bring to light the ones that have been socially suppressed over time or ignored in history. Carlos Castro Arias was nominated by Óscar Roldán-Alzate.


Photo courtesy of the artist.




A Look Inside: 

Born  Colombia, 1976

Education  M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute. San Francisco, California. (2010). | Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. New York, New York. (2010). | B.F.A. Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Bogota, Colombia. (2002). | Industrial Design. Instituto Metropolitano de Diseño. Quito, Ecuador. (1997).

Awards Grants & Commissions Program Award (Mid- career artist). CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. Miami, Florida. (2016). | Art Omi Residence in Maine. International Arts Center. Ghent, New York. (2012). | National Juried Exhibition. Pheonix Gallery. New York, New York. (2010). | Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Residency. New York, New York. (2010). | Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship. San Francisco Arts Commission. San Francisco, California. (2009). | Fulbright Scholarship. United States. (2008). | Project Prize. Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo. Bogota,  Colombia. (2006). | Individual exhibition winner. Santa Fé Gallery. Bogota, Colombia. (2003).

Selected Exhibitions Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition. CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. Miami, Florida. (2016). |  MUZAC, Museo Zenú de Arte Contemporáneo. Monteria, Colombia. (2015). | X Mercosur Biennial. Porto Alegre, Brazil. (2015). | Space 4 Arts. San Diego, California. (2015). | Art Institute. San Diego, California. (2015). | 21st Projects. New York, New York. (2014). | Museo Santa Clara. Bogota, Colombia. (2013). | Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI). Santiago, Chile. (2012). | The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Bronx, New York. (2012). | Museo de Arte Visuales Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Bogota, Colombia. (2011). | Contemporary Arts Center. Las Vegas, Nevada. (2010). | University of California (UCLA) Biennial. Los Angeles, California. (2009). | De Young Museum. San Francisco, California. (2008).



Installation View:

Mirage & Penetration (2016)
Laser cut wood
118 x 177 inches each
Photos: Oriol Tarridas, Courteesy of CIFO