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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.

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Raandesk Gallery of Art, Art @ IGC, 16 West 23rd Street, NYC –

Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance, 3038 N. Federal Highway at Oakland Park Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Flower Power! Mixed Media Floral Art by Carla E. Reyes, June 3 -24, 2010, Yashar Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

G-Train Salon presents: Texture Gardens, September 25- October 16, 2009, Urban Alchemist, Brooklyn, NY

Raandesk Gallery of Art presents – Feminine Continuity, February 8 – April 18, 2008, In Good Company, NYC

Sensuous Surfaces: Mixed Media Art by Carla E. Reyes, September 13, 2007 – March 21, 2009, Delluva, NYC

Visceral Visions - May 11 – June 8, 2003, Curated by Ruth Marshall, Art Under Construction, NYC

Organic Expressions, December 11, 2001 – February 16, 2002, Midoma, NYC

Womanifestations, August 11 – 21, 2001, Modus Vivendi, Forest Hills, NY


The MIDOMA Retrospective 2000-2010, January 10 – February 13, 2010, Midoma, NYC

Benefit for Nicole: A Postcard Show, July 30, 2009, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, NYC

The Affordable Art Fair, Raandesk Gallery of Art, Booth E202, May 7-10, 2009, 7 W New York, NYC

The Armory Show, Armory Arts Week: A Day in Queens, March 6, 2009, Crane Street Studios, LIC, NY

Change – An Exhibition of Long Island City Artists, March 7 – April 26, 2009, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

Art From The Urban Village, May 14 – June 7, 2008, Austin Ale House, Kew Gardens, NY

Beyond The Surface II, May 8 -10, 2008, DFB Studio, LIC, NY

Representing The 718 And 212, March 10- 29, 2008, Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Scratching The Surface, October 11- November 3, 2007, Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

A Miscellany, By Raandesk, October 4 – November 9, 2007, Mana Fine Arts, Jersey City, NJ

Raandesk Gallery’s Emergence Art Party, September 19 – 20, 2007- The Flats At Union Row, Washington DC

Beyond The Surface: The Artists At DFB, Carla E. Reyes+ Harvey Fein+ Julia Schwadron – June 8 – 9, 2007, DFB Studio, LIC, NY

Leche-Vitrines Opening Exhibition, April 21 – June 3, 2007, Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Fourth Annual NoHo Artwalk, April 25 – May 9, 2007, Noho, Nyc

St. Jean Baptiste Galerie’s 1st Int’l Summer Exhibition, June 7 – 9, 2002, St. Jean Baptiste Galerie, NYC

Celebrating Creativity, May 31, 2001, Crew Cuts, NYC

2001 Gala Benefit Exhibition, February 3 – March 11, 2001, Art Under Construction, NYC

Human Being A Historic Body, March 21 – April 1, 2000, 450 Broadway Gallery, NYC

The New Flesh, December 11 – 25, 1999, 2/20 Gallery, NYC


1st Annual Juried Small Works Salon Exhibition, 4th Runner-up, April 9, 2010, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Trans-positions, J. Tolnick Champa, Juror – May 28 -July 31, 2009, Henry DeFord III Gallery@CitiGroup, LIC, NYC

Art Into Action – Action Into Art – May 20 – June 20, 2008, TNC Gallery, NYC

Herstory 2007, WINNER Best in Mixed Media – April 1, 2007 – April 1, 2008, Manhattan Arts Int’l, NYC

Roles, Rites, & Rituals, February 28 – March 18, 2007, Pen and Brush, NYC

3rd Annual Face To Face, May 18 – June 24, 2001, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY


“Artist Talk: Carla Reyes,” Julia Michal, Feel the Art blog, June 23, 2010.

“Featured Artist Carla E. Reyes,” Artsy Shark blog, May 2010.

“Texture Gardens Closing Salon,” Independent Curator, Krista Saunders, G-Train Salon blog, Wednesday, October 14, 2009

“Kew Gardens Mural Stolen Returned,” David Gordon, Queens Courier, Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

“Painting Stolen from Park is Returned,” Michael Lanza, Queens Chronicle, Wednesday, July 9, 2009.

“Potter Mural Return Nothing Short of Magical Act,” Natalie Shields, Daily News, Queens Neighborhood News, page 28, Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

Artist Profile: Carla E. Reyes, Layers Upon Layers: Mixed-Media Art,, December 30, 2008.

“New Mural for Kew Gardens Park,” Jessica Lyons, Queens Courier, Neighborhood News, March 15-21, 2008,

“Inspiration for Kew Gardens Artist Rooted in Nature,” Carol Forget, Queens Chronicle, Volume XXV, No. 11, qboro arts, culture + living, March 13, 2008.

“Shout Outs to the 718 and 212,” Jamie Laughlin, Broward-Palm Beach- New Times, March 14, 2008.

“Shared-Office Venture Lets Clients Be Tenants,” Marci Alboher, The New York Times, Small Business, Shifting Careers column, page C5, February 28, 2008.

“Even Solo Workers Want Company,” Marci Alboher, The New York Times, Small Business, Shifting Careers blog, February 28, 2008.

“Three Chicks and their Popsicle Sticks,” Brandon K. Thorp, Broward-Palm Beach- New Times, October 11-17, Volume 10, Number 50, page 26.

Scratching the Surface,, Art About Town, October 11, 2007.

Featured decorative artist for special report on U.S. manufacturing, BBC World News, Friday, October 5, 2007. (Video available upon request)

“Nature Girl’s Artwork Returns to Forest Hills,” Daniel Cuevas, Queens Courier, August 15 – 21, 2001.

“Nature Girl Blooms in Forest Hills,” Daniel Cuevas, Queens Courier, volume 8, number 41, July 4 – 10, 2001 edition, Queens Business Today section, page 19.

Face to Face, Merrick Life, June 7th, 2001 edition, page 15.

Human Being a Historic Body, NY Arts Magazine, international edition, volume 5, number 4, page 91.


Studio Director/Decorative Interior Surface Designer, DFB Studio, L.I.C., NY, March 2006 – present
Designer of hand applied surfaces in decorative cement, plaster, paint and glazes, working with interior design clients; also responsible for product line development, marketing/promotion, and overseeing studio and field artisans.

Freelance Decorative Finisher, carlacrafts, NYC, 2006 – present
Creating and installing original decorative applied finishes for residential and commercial interior projects.

Freelance Scenic Artist, NYC/Tri-State area, 1997 – 2000
Involved with production of scenic backdrops, displays, properties, and surfaces for a number of theaters, scenery shops, and craft houses in the NYC/Tri-State area.

Staff Scenic Artist, Buck’s Rock Camp, New Milford, CT, June – September 1999

Staff Scenic Painter/Properties Assistant, Gateway Playhouse, Bellport, NY, May – September 1998

Decorative Painter/Display Designer, Cre-a-tiv-i-ty,Forest Hills, NY, Spring 1998

Scenic Painter/Properties Assistant, Surflight Theater, Beach Haven, NJ, May – October 1997


Mural Artist, Blissful Bedrooms, NYC, 2010
Volunteer mural artist contributing to bedroom makeovers for young individuals with disabilities.

Children’s Art Event Organizer, Kew Gardens Cinemas Park, Kew Gardens, NY, June 2009
Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts grant recipient for proposed Kew Gardens Kids Art in the Park children’s group mural project / art workshops event.

Community Mural Designer/Lead Artist, Kew Gardens Cinemas Park, Kew Gardens, NY, 2008
Selected designer and participating artist for collaborative community outdoor mural.

Group Mural Artist, Tompkins Square Park, NYC, September 2007, 2009
Participating group mural artist at Howl Festival: Art Around the Park event.

Charity Mural Artist, Int’l Decorative Artisans League convention, San Francisco, CA, July 16-21, 2007

Participating artist for IDAL’s charity mural, dedicated to Compass Community Services for homeless families.


Guest Lecturer, Color Painting Studio, S.U.N.Y. at F.I.T., NYC, May, 2009
Presented a lesson in applied color processes and professions to adults in the Color Specialist professional studies program.

Teaching Gallery Artist, Raandesk Kids!, Raandesk Gallery of Art, NYC, March 2009-ongoing
Developed and taught seasonal nature themed collage workshops to children ages 3+ in an art gallery setting.

Selected Teaching Artist, Teaching Artists Initiative, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, NY, Spring 2008
One of a selected group of Teaching Artists to participate in hands-on professional development workshop series.

Artisan Trainer, DFB Studio, L.I.C., NY, March 2006-present
Trained professional artists/artisans in decorative finishing, color matching, and studio practices.

Scenic Artist/Instructor, Buck’s Rock Camp, New Milford, CT, June-September 1999
Instructed and supervised teen participants in theater set painting program.

Craft Instructor, Cre-a-tiv-i-ty, Forest Hills, NY, Spring, 1998
Planned and conducted faux finishing/decorative painting demonstrations and project workshops for adults.


Art Studio/Exhibition Space Assistant, Brooklyn Art Studios + Yashar Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, June 2009- present
Maintenance of professional artist space blog, organization of open studio events, community outreach, and promotional writing.

Visitor Services Liaison/Special Exhibitions, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, May 2001-January 2006

Development Associate, The Morgan Library and Museum, NYC, February – March 2006

Associate Director, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, NYC, January 2004 – November 2005
Administrative management, art sales assistance, archive imaging, research/writing for exhibition catalogues and gallery materials.

Corporate Partnerships Coordinator, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, August 2001 – January 2004
Corporate membership fundraising and stewardship, corporate event coordination, administrative management.


MA Art Education, City University of New York at City College, NYC, 2013

Color Specialist Certificate, State University of New York at F.I.T., NYC, 2010

BFA Restoration / Fine Arts, State University of New York at F.I.T., NYC , 2002

Visual Arts Diploma, Long Island High School of the Arts, Syosset, NY, 1992


Mural Painting Certificate Program, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA

Interior Design Studio, History of Interior Design, Intro to Drafting, C.U.N.Y. at Queensborough, Bayside, NY

Color Basics, Color Psychology, Color Forecasting Theory, Color Branding, The Color Association of the United States, NYC

Decorative Finishes Master Class, The Finishing School, Floral Park, NY

Venetian Plasters Application, Color Theory, Faux Business Essentials, Dundean Studios, Chatham, NJ

Pottery Wheel Throwing, The Potter’s Wheel, Kew Gardens, NY

Venetian Plaster Application, Firenze Enterprises, L.I.C., NY

Professional Studies Certificate in Arts Administration, New York University, NYC

Scenic Painting, Studio School of Stage Design, Jersey City, NJ


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