Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan (self-taught) Artist / Infamous Printmaker based in Chicago, where he runs the printmaking projects: Bandolero Press & La Calaca Press. He is also a member of the Instituto Grafico de Chicago.
Barberena has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The United States of America.
His work has been shown in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries and Cultural Centers around the world, among them: “1st International Academic Printmaking Alliance Invitational Exhibition”/ un-Folding / des-Doblamientos: Metaphoric Resonances in Contemporary Latin American Printmaking /The Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum, Beijing, China. - “Back to Chaos / Atpakal Haosa”- American Printmakers - Rigas Art Space, Riga, Latvia. - “The 9th Biennale Internationale d’Estampe Contemporaine Trois Rivieres”, Centre d’exposition Raymond-Lasnier, Quebec, Canada. - “La Muerte Niña”, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, USA. - “The Future”, SG Gallery, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia, Italy. - Featured Artist (Solo Exhibition)“The 9thTriennial - Mondial de L’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale” Clermont-Ferrand, Chamalieres, France. - “The 7thInternational 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”, PAC Museum, Managua, Nicaragua. - “Tartu Printmaking Fest 2014”, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia. - “LAPS 21, National Printmaking Biennial”, CSUN Art Galleries, Northridge, California. - “Pulso: Arte de las Américas”, KCAD Fed Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan. - “Santitos”, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago. - “Hanal Pixan - Food for the Souls”, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. - “III Bronx Latin American Art Biennial”, Gordon Parks Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, Bronx, New York. - “Les Saltimbanques”, 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. - “8thTriennial - Mondial de L’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale”, AMAC, Galerie d’Art Contemporain, Chamalieres, France. - “6thKIWA”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: Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN. - Wheaton College Art Collection, Wheaton, IL. - Ortíz-Gurdián Museum, - Contemporary Art Collection - Casa Deshon, León, Nicaragua. - The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL. - 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, IL. - Artist Printmaker Research Collection, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. - Special Collection, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO. - 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.