Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan self-taught Artist / Printmaker based in Chicago. Barberena has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The United State of America.
His work has been shown in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries, Universities and Cultural Centers around the world, among them: “1st International Academic Printmaking Alliance Invitational Exhibition” chief curator: Fan Di’an / un-Folding / des-Doblamientos: Metaphoric Resonances in Contemporary Latin American Printmaking / curated by Alicia Candiani, co-curated by Patricia Villalobos, The Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum, Beijing, China. - “Back to Chaos / Atpakal Haosa” - American Printmakers, curated by Anonymous Boh & Ieva Naglina - Rigas Art Space, Riga, Latvia. - “The 9th Biennale Internationale d’Estampe Contemporaine Trois Rivieres”, Centre d’exposition Raymond-Lasnier, Quebec, Canada. - “La Muerte Niña” curated by Dolores Mercado, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, USA. - “The Future” curated by Stas Orlovsky, SG Gallery, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia, Italy. - Featured Artist (Solo Exhibition curated by Irene Weiss) during “The 9th Triennial - Mondial de L’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale” Clermont-Ferrand, Chamalieres, France. - “The 7th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro” at the Lamego Museum in Portugal. - “Printmaking In / In Graafika Fest” at Linnagallerii, Parnu, Estonia. - “The IX Nicaraguan Visual Arts Biennial” (IX BAVNIC) - Ortiz-Gurdián Foundation. “Recycling Memory: Recapturing the Lost City” curated by Omar Lopez Chahoud, PAC Museum, Managua, Nicaragua. - “Tartu Printmaking Fest 2014”, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia. - “LAPS 21, National Printmaking Biennial” curated by Jack Rutberg, CSUN Art Galleries, Northridge, California. - “Pulso: Arte de las Américas” curated by Salvador Jimenez, KCAD Fed Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan. - “Santitos” curated by Chris Benoodt, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago. - “Hanal Pixan - Food for the Souls” curated by Dolores Mercado, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. - “III Bronx Latin American Art Biennial” curated by Alexis Mendoza, Gordon Parks Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, Bronx, New York. - “Les Saltimbanques” (an homage to Gustave Doré), curated by Marc Brunier-Mestas at the Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot - MARQ - Clermont-Ferrand, France. - “III World Body Art Conference” Lia Bermudez Museum, Maracaibo, Venezuela. - “V Biennial of the Caribbean”, Museum of the Dominican Man, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. - “8th Triennial - Mondial de L’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale”, AMAC, Galerie d’Art Contemporain, Chamalieres, France. - “6th KIWA” at the Kyoto Museum of Art in Japan. - “KIWA” Takanabe Art Museum, Miyazaki, Japan. - “Latin American & Nicaraguan Printmaking”, former Convent of San Francisco Museum, Granada, Nicaragua. - “24 Grafiekbiennale Sint-Niklaas”, International Exlibriscentrum, Stedelijke Musea, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium and “The XIII Art Salon, Identity Imprint: A Glance at Ibero-American Printmaking” at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC.
He has received various awards, most notably the “National Printmaking Award 2012” given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture in Managua, Nicaragua; “Parchemin d’Honneur”, 8 Triennale Mondial de l’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale, AMAC, Chamalieres, Auvergne, France and the award- poster for the Ecology and Human Rights in Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, given by GEBANA in Berlin, Germany.
Barberena’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including: Ortíz-Gurdián Museum, - Contemporary Art Collection - Casa Deshon, León, Nicaragua. - Cannonball Press Editions, Brooklyn, NY. - Douro Printmaking Biennial Collection, Museu do Gravura, Alijo, Portugal. - Academia Non Grata, Pärnu, Estonia. - Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago. - Artist Printmaker Research Collection, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. - Special Collection, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado. - The National Gallery, San José, Costa Rica. - Prints & Drawings collection - Museum of Contemporary Art “Julio Cortazar”, Managua, Nicaragua. - Permanent Art Collection of the Bibliotheca of Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt. - Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois. - Kyoto International Woodcut Association, Kyoto, Japan. - The School of Fine Arts, (UNAM), Mexico. The Triennial Prints Cabinet, AMAC, Chamalieres, France. - The International Exlibriscentrum, Stedelijke Museum in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. - The Lia Bermudez Museum, Maracaibo, Venezuela. - Former Jesuit College Cultural Center, Patzcuaro, Mexico and Praxis Gallery, Managua Nicaragua.