Carlos Salas [b.1957] is best known for his large-scale abstract paintings that are firmly anchored in the Latin American abstract traditions. The long lines that predominate his canvases recall physical and emotional scarifications, and often vaguely represent the borders of South American Countries and zones of conflict. Carlos’s seemingly abstract paintings represent spaces, pathways, fields, and sites of memory. Furthermore, his assimilation and familiarity with cubism is apparent through the symmetric and geometric shapes that appear throughout his paintings. His luminous canvases range in colors, from deep, saturated hues of blue and purple to more earthy tones, which recall topographical maps that depict emotions rather than actual geographical locations. Carlos was trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, receiving multiple accolades for his contributions to abstract art. At the age of 42, Carlos became the youngest artist to have a career retrospective at the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art. His most recent body of work, “Into the Abyss,” consists of tremendous oil paintings that explore Jungian notions of collective consciousness and immerse the viewer in the sublimity of the works.
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The Miami Herald on Carlos Salas "At MOCA North Miami: The world according to Carlos Salas"