19 minutes | Apr 12, 2021

Episode 16: Carlo Vega

Born in Lima, Peru, Carlo grew up during a time of domestic terrorism and political turmoil. "It was during this time in my life that the cognitive foundations of what would become my artistic explorations were set. From my mathematician grandfather, I learned of geometry and the perfection in logic, and from my Catholic surroundings, I absorbed the potent iconography and sense of spiritual mystery. Upon leaving Peru at the height of terrorism, I moved with my family first to Montreal then to South Carolina, each place bringing me culturally and geographically farther away from my home." In approaching Carlo's art as a studied collection of thoughts and experiences, he is able to piece together his various realities. "By creating, I am embarking on a path of self-exploration that reconnects me to lost moments, lost people and lost places. In this process of active reflection, I invent, and my work oscillates between what has been and will be." By combining simple, often geometric shapes with nebulous backgrounds and exploring abstract concepts through various mediums, Carlo explores a tension between the logical and the inexplicable, the same tension he was surrounded with as a child in Lima. He received his BA from the University of South Carolina in 2000 and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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