Carlos Luna (Cuban, b.1969) grew up in a small rural town in Cuba. In 1991, he immigrated to Mexico, and then moved to the United States in 2002, where he currently lives and works. Luna is known for his highly decorative and powerfully shaded paintings, sculptures, and ceramics full of symbolism intrinsic to his roots in rural Cuba. Luna has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, Cuba, and abroad. His work can be seen in museums and public collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; and the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; among others.

Timeline

1969
Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba on January 2nd, 1969
1980–1983
Provincial School of Plastic Arts, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
1983–1984
San Alejandro Academy, Havana, Cuba
1986
Salón Interescolar Award; Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas and Academia de San Alejandro, Havana
1984–1987
National School of Plastic Arts (ENA), Havana, Cuba
1987
Honorable Mention; Salón de la Ciudad, Servando Cabrera Moreno Gallery, Havana
1988
First Prize; Salon de la Ciudad, Luz y Oficio Gallery, Havana
1988
First Prize; IV Salón Provincial de Artes Plásticas, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
1989
First Prize; V Salón Provincial de Artes Plásticas; Pinar del Rio, Cuba
1989
IV Salón Nacional de Premiados Award; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
1987–1991
Institute of Superior Arts, Havana, Cuba
1991
First Prize; Salon de Profesores, Luz y Oficio Gallery, Havana
1997
Fellowship; State Government of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
1998
Fellowship; State Government of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
2001
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service granted a EB-1-1 (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) Immigrant Visa, granted to applicants who can prove outstanding artistic, scientific, athletic, community, or scholarly performance
1991–2002
Lived in Puebla, Mexico with his family
2008
Artist in Residence; Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2008
New American Paintings; Juried Exhibition-in-Print, Number 76
2008
Grant award; Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY
Present
Resides in The United States of America since 2002

Exhibitions

2010
Carlos Luna, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA (solo)
2009
Pablo Picasso Ceramics | Carlos Luna Paintings; Complejo Cultural Universitario BUAP, Puebla, Mexico (solo)
2009
Pablo Picasso Ceramics | Carlos Luna Paintings; Miramar Cultural Center -Artspark, Miramar, FL (solo)
2009
Latinamerican Art: Classic to Contemporary; Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2009
Latin American Painting Now (Pintura Latino Americana De Ahora) Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
2008
Art in Embassies Program, United States Embassy Santiago, Chile, 2008-2011
2008
Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art; Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2008
Visiones: 20th Century Selections from the Nassau County Museum of Art; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
2008
Art Santa Fe; Osuna Art, Washington, DC
2008
Pablo Picasso Ceramics | Carlos Luna Paintings; Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
2008
Carlos Luna: El Gran Mambo, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC (solo)
2008
Carlos Luna: El Gran Mambo; Museum of Latin American Art – Molaa, Long Beach, CA (solo)
2007
Carlos Luna: Personal Histories; (Oil paintings) Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA (solo)
2007
Carlos Luna: Personal Histories; (Works on amate paper) The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley Collage, Annville, PA (solo)
2007
Carlos Luna: Personal Histories; (Oils and works on amate paper) Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL (solo)
2007
Art Santa Fe; Osuna Art, Washington, DC (solo)
2007
Latin American Art: Myth & Reality; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
2007
Art Miami; Gomez Fine Art-Galeria, San Juan, PR
2007
Arte Americas; Maxioli Gallery, Miami, FL
2007
Group Show. Latin American Art Gallery; Scottsdale, Arizona
2007
Alarca, Talavera Contemporanea; El Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico DF
2006
Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban Art; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
2006
Diversidades. Del Caribe al Sur; Gomez Fine Art-Galeria, San Juan, PR
2006
Group show; Lurie Fine Art Galleries, Miami, FL
2006
Naci pa’ ser feliz; Gomez Fine Art-Galeria, San Juan, PR (solo)
2005
Retratos; Bass Museum, Miami, FL. USA. (solo)
2005
Carlos Luna; Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, FL. USA. (solo)
2005
Arte Americas. George Billis Gallery, New York, USA
2005
Figuratively Speaking; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
2005
Works on paper; Osuna Art, Bethesda, Maryland
2005
Wet; Edge Zones, Worlds Art Building, North Miami, FL
2005
Growth Spurt; Edge Zones. Worlds Art Building, North Miami, FL
2004
TONDO. Galeria Botello, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
2004
Art Miami. Latin Collector Gallery, Miami FL. USA.
2004
Erase una vez en Mexico. Institute of Mexico in Miami, Miami, FL. USA.
2004
American Dream. The Olga M. & Carlos Saladrigas Gallery, The Ignatian Center For The Arts, Miami, FL. USA.
2004
The Soul of Latin American Art. Lurie Fine Art Galleries, Boca Raton, FL. USA.
2004
Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Summer Miami 2004: Works on Paper, Miami, FL
2004
Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, It’s for The Birds, Miami, FL
2004
Mexican Cultural Institute, Erase una vez en Mexico… , Coral Gables, FL
2004
Latin Collector Gallery, Art Miami, Miami, FL
2004
The Olga and Carlos Saladrigas Gallery, The Ignation Center for The Art, American Dream, Miami, FL
2004
Palacio de los Congresos, Ferias de las galerias, espanolas, Madrid, Spain
2004
"Latin Visions" a collector's insight. Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.
2004
Scope Miami, Art Basel. Townhouse Hotel. Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, FL. USA.
2004
It’s For The Birds. Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL. USA.
2003
Palazzo Mediceo, Transfiguracion, Seravezza, Italy
2003
Latin Collector, Group Show, New York, NY
2003
Jorge M. sor Fine Art, Group Show, Miami FL
2003
Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Second Year Anniversary Exhibition, Miami, FL
2001
La Boheme Fine Art Gallery, Small Format, Coral Gables, FL
2001
Paso a Paso (Step by step); Poblano Musuem of Viceroyal Art, Puebla, Mexico (solo)
1998
Women of Sensuality; Amalia Mahoney Gallery; Chicago, USA (solo)
1998
Presencia de Carlos Luna (Presence of Carlos Luna); Culture House; Puebla, Mexico
1997
Yo traigo de Todo (Pocketful of Everything); University Museum, Casa de los Muñecos; Puebla, Mexico (solo)
1997
Carlos Luna; Oscar Roman Gallery; Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1996
Entre Gallos y Mujeres (Among roosters and women); Amalia Mahoney Gallery; Chicago, USA (solo)
1995
Mi Madre, Mi Patria (My Mother, My Land); The Amparo Museum; Puebla, Mexico (solo)
1994
El Bestiario II (The Bestiary II); Claustro de Sor Juana; Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1993
El Bestiario (The Bestiary); Javier Lumbreras Fine Arts, Coral Gables; Florida, USA (solo)
1992
El Fuego Secreto (The Secret Fire); La Casita Gallery; Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
1991
IV Bienal de la Habana. El Desafio a la Conquista y Colonizacion (IV Biennial of Havana. The Challenge to Conquest and Colonization); National Museum of Fine Arts; Havana Cuba
1990
Andar Pinar; Luz y Oficio Gallery; Havana Cuba
1989
Do lo Abstracto (From the Abstract); Havana, Cuba.
1987
Honorable Mention: Salon de la Ciudad (Hall of the City), Servando Cabrera Moreno Gallery; Havana, Cuba
1987
Imágenes del Paraíso; Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas Gallery, Havana (solo)
1986
Award; Salon Interescolar (Interschool Hall); National School of Plastic Arts and San Alejandro Fine Arts School; Havana, Cuba.

Public Collections

Museo Casa de los Muñecos, Puebla, Mexico
Bank of Mexico Collection, Mexico
Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico Collection, Mexico DF
Gobierno del Estado de Puebla Collection, Puebla, Mexico
Casa de la Cultura de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico
Talavera Uriarte Ceramics Collection, Puebla, Mexico
Talavera de la Reina Ceramics Collection, Puebla, Mexico
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
Wifredo Lam Center, Havana
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley Collage, Annville PA
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
Museo Amparo, Mexico
Museo Poblano de Arte Virreinal, Puebla, Mexico