Ivan Carmona; Wednesday, July 15, 1-2pm
Iván Carmona is a Puerto Rican studio artist living in Portland, Oregon. While growing up in Puerto Rico, Iván developed a strong, visual, vocabulary of images that have come to influence his work today. With representations of Spanish colonial architecture, dense colorful vegetation and complex textures and patterns. Influenced by the Modern Art movement Iván explores biomorphic form, monochromatic saturated color and multi disciplinary materials to convey specific content in three-dimensional objects.
Through the use of tropical landscape and traditional cultural idiosyncrasy, one can see how deeply Iván identifies with the structure and beauty of his home. Employing imagery, form and texture, Iván’s exploration of the relationship between human emotions, culture, identity, and geographic connections, enables him to capture the complexity, personality and history of his art.
In 2015, Iván received his Bachelor of Fine Art from The Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. He was a recipient of numerous national awards, including: The Student Scholarship Award for Outstanding Academic and Artistic Achievement, the Dean’s Scholarship, the Commitment to Craft Scholarship, “Best in Show” at the Hoffman Gallery Juried Student Show, the 2015 NCECA Undergraduate Award for Excellence, the Studio Potter Undergraduate Merit Award (Providence, RI), the 2014 Huntley-Tidwell Scholarship to attend the Penland School of Craft in Asheville, NC. His work has been published in the publication ‘500 Figures in Clay, Vol. 2.’
His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in U.S., Puerto Rico, and Latin America. His pieces can be found in public and private art collections internationally, including the Boise Art Museum, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, and at the Gifu Prefecture High School in Tokyo Kouryu, Japan.