Carlos Rojas was first introduced to painting in a community art school in Leon, Nicaragua at the age of 13. Since that time, Carlos began on a path of artistic expression that continues today.
After studying traditional styles of Nicaraguan art at the school for several years, he finished his studies there in 2003 and went on to teach other students in the school. During that time, he also formed part of an artist group consisting of other graduates from the school and participated in several exhibits and competitions, as well as in the creation of several murals.
The group later went on to found a community based art school, “Taller Artistico Xuchialt,” in order to provide a low-cost opportunity for young people to study many different art forms, including visual arts, dance and music.
In late 2004 Carlos moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and since that time his art has continued to evolve to reflect the changing nature of his life. His newer works demonstrate both a deepening of cultural attachment to his homeland and an exploration of what it means to be an immigrant in the United States.
My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. In my work, I deconstruct the American dream, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and lullabies that are part of our childhood and adult culture. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement and modernist architecture, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces.