CARLOS GUTIERREZ-SOLANA is an artist, curator, arts
administrator, museum professional, birdhouse maker, and gay man.
As an artist he has exhibited his work and site-specific
installations and presented his performances throughout the country since 1972.
Originally trained as a figurative/representational painter most of the work
has focused primarily – though not exclusively, on the body, specifically the
male body, gender, sexuality, space manipulation, mark-making, and AIDS. He has
worked, and continues to work, with a variety of materials formats and genres
including (but not necessarily restricted to): painting, drawing, sculpture,
performance, theater, dance, glass, collage, text, and computer imaging, and
As a curator he has developed numerous exhibitions and events in
a wide range of subjects and media (including hooked rugs; ceramics;
architecture; fashion, drawing, installation, photography, painting, sculpture,
and AIDS) on both coasts and throughout New York State, but he is probably best
known as “that guy who did a miniature golf course created by artists for
Artists Space.” Exhibits he has created have been presented at the University
Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; The Queens Museum, NY; The Newark Museum, NJ; The Munson
Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; Jamestown Community College, NY; Lake
George Arts Project, NY; and Artists Space and the New York Transit Museum,
both in NY, among others.
As an arts administrator and museum professional he has been an
exhibit designer/fabricator for the Staten Island Children’s Museum; curator
for the Queens Museum; director of the Visual Artists Program for the New York
State Council on the Arts – for 10 years; artistic and executive director of
Artists Space, and deputy director for the New York Transit Museum. He’s also
lectured extensively on a variety of subjects and served on numerous panels
throughout the country.
As a gay man he’s
been out since 1970 and was diagnosed HIV+ in 1989. He has been asymptomatic
with an undetectable viral load for many years. He is single and leading a
happy, productive life.