Carlos Salazar

Pueblo, CO

(b. 1973, Columbia) 

Salazar Arenas transfers his environment, sometimes complex, sometimes simple, to canvas. His work is the plastic conversion of an omnipresent fierceness that provokes, by contrast, tenderness, complicity, and even irony. If the media content is commonplace, from a recognized material, a distancing when composing on the unusual plane and always novelty of the canvas the synthesis of a disturbing reality. Color, stain, and even calligraphy are at the service of that intention of estrangement to allow the viewer a spaced judgment and the gain of objectivity in front of the topics that it deals with. The work of Salazar Arenas implies office and testimony but, above all, It is a heart-rending cry that highlights the dizzying reality in which we live in today’s world. – Fernando Toledo


2013 – Masters in the Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. Universidad (University) Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Bogotá, Colombia.

1999 -Engraving, painting, and lithograph at the Facultad de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Faculty) of San Carlos in Valencia, Spain.

1995-2000 -Bachelor in Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting at the Universidad (University) Nacional de Colombia


2018 -Selected by the Inter-American Development Bank for the project; “Sidewalk of the Americas”.   Washington, USA.

2010 -Selected by the World Bank for the project “The Change”

2001 -Second for the IX Concurso Nacional de Pintura (National Contest of Painting). Banco Ganadero and Galería (Gallery) Casa Cuadrada. Bogotá Colombia. 

2000 – Special Mention for the VIII Concurso Nacional de Pintura (National Contest of Painting). Banco
Ganadero. Bogotá Colombia.

-Winner in the mural painting contest at the Art Museum of the Universidad (University) Nacional. Bogotá, 

1999 -Scholarship “Promoe” exchange program with Spain, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.

1997 Mention el XXIV Salón “Francisco Antonio Cano” Universidad Nacional de Colombia.