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June 4 - June 29
Carlos Vivar was born in Mexico City in 1964. He studied graphic design in Mexico City and then a master’s degree in graphic art in Milan, Italy. During this time he also lived in England and Spain, places that would mark and influence his work later on in his life. Carlos is a self taught painter, whose work has evolved over the last 25 years, ranging from indigenous pre-Hispanic-inspired icons, rural sceneries, Mexican revolutionaries’ themes, to European city landscapes mixed with contrasting colours commonly used by the Mexican architect Barragán. Vivar confesses that his colour-blindness, inherited from his maternal grandfather, has been more a gift than a hindrance. The painters with the biggest influence in his work are Rufino Tamayoand Pablo Picasso. Vivar’s paintings are characterized by their biodimensionality, lack of perspective, their bright red hues, spectrum of blues, and most notably, their naïveté expressed in bicycles, toy horses, harlequins, and all sorts of fruit and agave plants. Carlos has had over 100 exhibitions in Asia, America and Europe, in galleries, foundations, museums of art, embassies, universities, etc. He lives in Mexico City and has two children, source of inspiration for some of his artwork. Although his studio is in Mexico City, he has begun to work to produce lithographic art in a studio in Paris, which he visits almost every month since 2016.