Barquisimeto, Venezuela 1953
Lives and works between Paris and Caracas
From 1971 onwards, Carlos Medina studied at the Cristóbal Rojas School of Plastic Arts in Caracas, during which time he discovered the Russian constructivists and European abstractionists and felt a direct relationship with Venezuelan artists. He concluded his university career in 1975 with a thesis on the Russian artist Vladimir Tatlin and a first exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas. Following his studies in 1977, Carlos Medina obtained scholarships that allowed him to travel to Italy and more specifically to Carrara where he experimented with different materials and perfected his stone and marble cutting skills. It was also the opportunity for him to develop his work in three dimensions.
Medina is a renowned sculptor who works with volume and space. In addition to being a sculptor, he also carries out interventions in space. He defines himself as a geometrico-spatial sculptor. His approach is to start with the material and work towards the essential. From the material to the atom, from the visible to the imperceptible. He geometrizes the world, simplifies the forms of nature to reach a kind of purity, a minimal expression. He tries to extract the fundamental from these forms. In Carlos Medina's work, the raw material is essential, fundamental. For this artist, all materials have a life of their own, one must study their physical and chemical characteristics to understand them. There is no chance or improvisation in Medina's creations, their execution is always impeccable.
Carlos Medina has received numerous awards throughout his career such as the 1975 Sculpture Award at the 4th National Salon of Young Artists organised by the National Institute of Culture and Fine Arts (INCIBA) in Caracas, the Carrara City Honors in 1978 and the Critical Art Association (AICA) Award in Venezuela in 1984. His work is presented in numerous international collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, the Instituto Profesional del Marmol in Carrara, Italy, the Museum of Latin American Art in Los Angeles, USA, and in public spaces such as the Caracas metro.
Acrylique, nylon et toile 20 x 20 x 10 cm
Acier et caoutchouc sur mdf ø 30 x 9,5 cm
Bois de chêne, bois de cèdre et nylon 23,5 x 23,5 x 10 cm