Carlos Rosales-Silva American, b. 1982


Carlos Rosales-Silva is an artist and educator working and living between New York, NY and Texas.

Rosales-Silva’s works are grounded in a practice of painting but often borrow from sculptural and installation practices, existing in the spaces between classification. For the last decade, his studio has been for research and mediation on the ever-expanding histories of Brown people in the United States. The artist’s works consider the histories of vernacular cultures of the American Southwest, the western canon of art history, and the political and cultural connections and disparities between them. The works themselves are abstract acts of personal discovery that reveal meaning long after they are completed. In this sense they are non-textual communications, a meditative and slow way of processing knowledge.

“There would be no modernism without the cultural work of indigenous peoples and there would be no modern world without the labor, wealth, and life siphoned from North America by colonizers. While this concept is challenging to represent in modular paintings, especially abstract paintings, a practice of citation is not difficult. My work runs parallel to the established art historical canon; deeply indebted to the artists, artisans, and craftspeople of the American Southwest and Mexico as much as it is to any established and codified art historical canon.” - Carlos Rosales-Silva. 


He holds an MFA from New York City’s School of Visual Arts. Rosales-Silva was an artist in residence at Abrons Art Center, New York, NY; Residency Unlimited, New York, NY; Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Pioneer Works, New York, NY. His artwork has been part of various exhibitions throughout Texas, and in Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Kansas City.



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