Carlos Cordero was born in the Dominican Republic and relocated to the United States and to New York City with his parents at age ten. He lived in the Bronx, and first studied art as a High School student at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Which lead him to further to study art at SUNY Purchase, where he discovered printmaking.
Cordero studied under one of the greatest influences of his work, Master printmaker Antonio Frasconi while at SUNY Purchase. Frasconi introduced Carlos to the dying art of hand carved wood cutting, and this is where Carlos found one of his artistic niches. After two years of study at SUNY Purchase, Carlos completed his BFA in printmaking at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY
Carlos’s work has an unrestrained presence. To him printmaking is a give and take process. He gives in the way of improvising the carving, and then takes by creating a dialog with the figures and images that appear before him. Cordero’s process owes much to the Surrealist and the aspect of automatism. Yet his own work unfolds with a fundamental personality of its own. This is achieved by introducing his own memories of childhood, through street art and fantasy. Cordero’s work reveals his individual perspective deeply grounded in the history of art, religion, and the Freudian interpretation of dreams.
Carlos has exhibited works at the Roberto Clemente Cultural Center Latino Artists Exhibition as a featured artist in the Borimix Annual Urban Art Exhibition and group show. He exhibited original artwork for the Organization of Puerto Rican Artists (OP Arts) silent fundraiser and participated in the annual Halloween Art Exhibition and Fundraiser event.
Carlos also contributed works to the Isabella’s Gift Foundation Silent Auction Fundraiser and Art Exhibition Event in San Diego California in2008 and 2009. Carlos also assisted with coordinating the arrangement of paintings for exhibit and designed the lighting schemes for all displays.
In 2008 and 2009 Carlos participated in two artist group shows whose theme was focused on the interpretation of the New Jersey Meadowland Marshes and Wetlands at the Secaucus, New Jersey Public Library Annual Art Exhibition
Carlos now lives and works in his studio in Coney Island, NY.
Carlos Cordero's prints have an unrestrained presence. To him printmaking and more precisely his relief prints, are a process of give and take . It takes by improvising on the carved surface but it gives by creating a dialog with the images that appears before you . His process owes much to the surreal, yet unfolds with a fundamental personality of it's own.
3815 Atlantic Avenue #4
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Printmaker and Artist Assistant with extensive art management and production experience. I was a successful Project and Grant Manager for the Catalyst inner city youth digital art program in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My areas of artistic expertise is in: printmaking, silk screening, intaglio, lithography, relief printmaking, professional painting, drafting, matting and framing. I have a wide knowledge of: artist tools, fabrics, color theories and organic materials.
Education and Training
Pratt Institute-Brooklyn. New York 1997-2001
Printmaking, Art History, Photography and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
State University of New York at Purchase 1995-1997 Liberal Arts Studies
Cooper Union Outreach Program for High School Students 1994-1995
Portfolio Development and Academic Art and Studio Classes
Theodore Roosevelt High School –New York, NY 1991-1994
Computer Training: Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft Excel, Internet Research, Painter 12, PC and Mac experienced
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish (Native Speaker)
Work Experience and Exhibitions
Brooklyn arts council 2015 Participating Artist
Participant in the Access Art reception and sale of selected art work to support Brooklyn arts council
Visual Aids Foundation 2015-Onging Participating Artist
Participant in the online catalog of Artists of Special Interest. I participate in the Postcards from the Edge annual charity event, where my artwork is featured alongside top visual artists in the New York City art scene. I donated artwork in support of the Visual Aids Foundation.
Freelance Printmaking and Painting- New York, New Jersey, San Diego 2005-Present
Produced handmade crafts including: limited edition hand printed greeting cards, Saco murals, custom wall finishing, and high end apparel adornment for over ten years in the United States, abroad for art exhibitions and private clients.
Art by the Sea Exhibition, Coney Island Private Studio, Brooklyn, NY August 2013 Presented 15 original works including linoleum prints, wood carving prints and oil and acrylic paintings.
Roberto Clemente Cultural Center Latino Artists Exhibitions -New York, NY 2009/2010/2011 Participated as a featured artist in the Borimix Annual Urban Art Exhibition and group show. Exhibited original artwork for the Organization of Puerto Rican Artists (OP Arts) silent fundraiser. Participated in the annual Halloween Art Exhibition and Fundraiser event.
Isabella’s Gift Foundation Silent Auction Fundraiser and Art Exhibition Event-San Diego California 2008 and 2009
Exhibited several of original paintings Assisted with coordinating the arrangement of paintings for exhibit and designed the lighting schemes for all display. Provided assistance with greeting guests and other customer service duties.
Secaucus, New Jersey Public Library Annual Art Exhibition 2008 and 2009
2008 and 2009 Participated in two artist group shows whose theme was focused on the interpretation of the New Jersey Meadowland Marshes and Wetlands habitats through visual art.