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Carla E. Reyes
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: Carla E. Reyes is a painter and mixed media collage artist who creates low relief, sculptural and textural paintings. She is interested in the process of art making as a primitive and visceral experience; a ritualistic compulsion shared by humankind since its origins. She is visually inspired by the colors and textures of nature, early works of art and decoration, and the interaction between natural and man-made surfaces. Through texture, abstract form, and image, she explores and alludes to the fundamental elements and mysteries of nature and existence: impermanence, decay, regeneration, birth, growth, history, archeology and spirituality. Carla creates representational as well as abstract images- visualizing a particular form or motif, but allowing the creative process and chosen materials to dictate the end result. Collage materials may include branches, leaves, sand, and pebbles, among others. She enjoys working on the floor; creating a more physical interaction with the work, and also builds her own handmade shaped canvases.

“My work is about the physical need to create, to know we are real through the manifestation of what we experience into a tangible substance with a context. The natural elements are used as a way to physically connect with our purest origins. Reconnecting with nature – however contrived, or limited, can bring us closer to an inner truth. The textures engage the artist as well as the viewer in a sensory experience. Our existence is evidenced through our senses.

I create groupings of works in organic evolving series. Though different, they all share an interest in surface texture, explore a variety of traditional and unconventional materials, and respond to themes of nature and human existence. Artistic influences can range from indigenous art forms, to historical movements, to contemporary art; depending on the works and their intentions. Research and reading can play a part where deeper understanding is needed, as well as the collection of reference materials. Other works are more spontaneous and intuitive, driven by the hands-on process, over concept.”

Carla E. Reyes is a professional fine and decorative artist, exhibiting and selling her artwork in NYC and along the East Coast in commercial galleries, non-profit, and alternative spaces, since 2000. She received her B.F.A. in Restoration and Fine Arts, and her Color Specialist certification, from F.I.T., NYC. Carla also works as a decorative interior finisher, theater scenic artist, muralist, and art educator. Carla’s artwork has been featured in a variety of publications and media including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, BBC World News, The Queens Chronicle, and more. Her work has been represented by Raandesk Gallery of Art in NYC, and Leche Vitrines Art Alliance in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Carla currently works out of her studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Her complete portfolio can be viewed at: http://www.carlaereyes.com

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  • Microbes I
    2007
    acrylic + mixed media

  • Microbes II
    2009
    acrylic + mixed media

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    2005
    acrylic + mixed media

  • Urban Impressionism: NYC Study II
    2006
    acrylic + mixed media

  • Urban Impressionism: NYC Study III
    2008
    acrylic + mixed media

  • Urban Impressionism NYC Suite I: Habitat
    2009
    acrylic + mixed media

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    2009
    acrylic + mixed media

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    2007
    acrylic + mixed media

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    2007
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  • Portland Zen Garden
    2007
    acrylic and mixed media (pebbles, gravel, sand, wooden sticks, wood chips, dried moss, foam particles, jute twine) on canvas

  • Female Fertility Figure
    2001
    acrylic and mixed media (sand, jute twine) on hand shaped canvas

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    2000
    acrylic + mixed media collage

  • Texture Garden: Flora III
    2010
    acrylic + mixed media

  • Texture Garden: Flora VI
    2010
    acrylic + mixed media

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    2010
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    acrylic + mixed media

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    2008
    acrylic + mixed media

  • Untitled Stick Collage
    2007
    acrylic + mixed media

  • Miscommunications: A History of Disregarded Thoughts
    2009
    acrylic + mixed media

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