Carlos Luna is regarded as one of the foremost contemporary Cuban painters, part of a generation of international artists who have lived and worked in the USA for the last two decades and paved the way for new kinds of painting. Luna was born in Cuba in Pinar Del Rio province in 1969. He studied painting in San Alejandro Fine Art Academy and later finished his studies at the National School or Art.
His work evidences a long-standing interest in the vernacular culture and oral literature associated with proverbs, sayings and riddles, incorporating dense pencil scribbles into the painting's surface as an extension of the temporality of text into the imaginary. These graffiti-like scrawls subverts the calligraphic gestures of an artist like Jackson Pollock into more stable references, using the language of painting to create a form of visual literacy, while introduce elements of vernacular culture into a mainstream artistic practices. heritage, personal identity and Cuban landscapes. In 2002, Luna moved to USA, a personal and professional transition signaled by an important transformation in his work, which was increasingly marked by his love of vernacular poetry, a fascination for popular mythology and an engagement with silent movies, cultural heritage,
personal identity and Cuban landscapes. The art of Carlos Luna, like the artist himself, is unique for many reasons. This contemporary Latin master has evidenced his inimitable vision from the very start. Luna is adept at combining pop art sensibilities with traditional mediums. Carlos Luna’s work often reintroduces disused traditions and techniques that speak to the historical legacy of Art. His production includes Talavera ceramics, sculptures, tapestries and public art.
Luna’s distinct visual vocabulary and his technical virtuosity has been widely recognized and he is the only living Latin artist that has been selected for a joint exhibit with the works of Pablo Picasso. Espinasse31 will represent him with a solo show at Scope Miami 2017.
His artworks can be found in several museums, especially - but not only - in Florida and in Mexico, and private collections all over the world.