By Carlos Enrique Prado
Carlos Enrique Prado is a sculptor and professor of sculpture and ceramic. Born in Cuba in 1978, in a family of artists, Carlos works predominantly in sculpture and ceramics, but also has made drawings, paintings, photographs, digital art, installations, interventions, and performances. His works have been focused towards contextual and social commentary, always with a strong anthropological perspective. In 1996, he graduated in sculpture and drawing from the National Academy of Fine Arts "San Alejandro.” In 2008, he earned an MFA from ISA, the University of the Arts of Cuba, the most prestigious center of arts education in the country. His works—personal and public collections—have been exhibited at major art institutions, museums, and galleries in North America and Europe. He has also been an organizer and curator of several projects, of solo and group shows, as well as his students’ exhibitions.
Since 1996, he has developed an extensive collection of portrait sculptures that have achieved remarkable recognition. Several institutions have commissioned him to produce portraits of major cultural figures: a bronze bust of Alicia Alonso, for the Museum of Dance in Havana; and a bronze bust of Dulce María Loynaz, for the city of Puerto de la Cruz, Spain, situated in the park-viewpoint of El Taoro. Additionally, Carlos had made many private commissions of portrait busts, with a collection that includes a variety of materials, sizes, and scales. In this regard, his works are characterized by a marked likeness of the portrayed subject’s both physical and emotional expression. (All customers have been very pleased with the work done by Carlos Enrique. For additional information, please click on “Bust Commissions” under the “Services” heading.)
To add to his accomplishments, Carlos also has a very large body of work as a visual artist. Recently, much of his sculptures and installations have been made in ceramics. In this medium he has achieved a great reputation, earning first-place prizes in Ceramic Biennials and works in collections of major museums, such as the National Museum of Ceramics in Havana, Cuba, and the Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center. He has also been a visiting artist and lecturer at several universities and art schools, including the University of Southern California (2013), Midwestern State University (2012), and Arizona State University (2011). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Mary Washington (2011), where he taught ceramic and demonstration courses, which registered highly positive results and an exhibition in one of the major galleries in the city. Mr. Prado has also taught demonstration courses at the Royal University College of Arts in Sweden.
Digital art is another medium where Carlos Enrique has developed much of his recent work. In this case, the works are the result of a symbiosis between sculpture and digital media, particularly the construction of 3D images. The final digital prints have been part of several exhibitions and published in art magazines.
Carlos Enrique has been a professor of sculpture and ceramics at ISA, the University of the Arts of Cuba, teaching the major classes of visual project workshop and several other courses grounded on the fundamentals of ceramics, hand-building techniques, ceramic glazes, personal projects in ceramics (installation sculptures), life modeling, and life drawing. Between 2006 and 2012, he was head of the sculpture program at the School of Visual Arts at ISA.
Carlos currently live and work in Miami, Florida.
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