ARTIST STATEMENT: Born in Guyana, South America, Carl Anderson is known for his abstract ‘Ribbon Series’ and excellent photo-realist portraits. He first studied with Stanley Greaves in his hometown before given special permission to enter the Burrowes School of Art at the young age of fourteen. He was still a teen when he made the decision to leave Guyana. This was motivated by the need to gain more information and technical expertise about painting. Anderson remains one of the very rare Guyana artists who have turned toward Latin America for inspiration and professional development rather than to Great Britain or North America. He moved to Venezuela where he lived for thirteen years while refining his techniques and concepts under the influence of artists such as Rafael Soto. Venturing further afield, Anderson went on to win first prize for painting in the 4th Edition of the International Art Biennial of Malta. He later received the second prize for painting and a Diploma di merito at the International Grolla d’ Oro in Italy. Currently resident in the USA, his paintings are in American and European private collections, as well as many public collections including Castellani House, Guyana’s National Art Gallery.