Carolina Caples was born in Guadalajara Mexico in 1971. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1993. She was awarded the Arizona Board of Regents Scholarship from 1989 to 1993 and the Samuel Latte Kingan scholarship in 1989. She was awarded “Best of Show” in the Student Union Exhibition in 1992. She is the recipient of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Artist Opportunity Grant as well as the Project Creosote START award from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Souther Arizona. She has exhibited in galleries and public spaces across the United States including Untitled Gallery and the Pima County Public Library in Tucson Arizona. Her work is included in private collections across the United States and Europe and in the public collection of United Airlines.
I use bold graphics and vibrant colors in my paintings, heavily influenced by Mexican and American painters, Frida Kahlo and Alice Neel. I paint as as a way to reflect on my life and the situation I was born into. As the daughter of a white, American mother and Mexican father, I experienced the results of the Mexican ‘machismo’ culture firsthand from being abandoned by my father as a child for being born a girl. This drove me into an ongoing investigation of the affects of machismo attitudes and how they have shaped my life which I explore in my paintings. I do portraiture working from photographs, adding conceptual elements like intestinal, organic shapes and natural elements that explore themes of struggling for self worth and the search for security. I also create abstract paintings that explore the subconscious and my connection to spirit. This is portrayed energetically and sometimes chaotically with fluid, balanced, rounded lines, beautiful rhythmic color, and psychedelic qualities of layering shapes and subtracting colors. My process allows me to get to the root of my ideas about who I am by turning visuals that come to me in meditation by quieting the mind brought into a reality on canvas.
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