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Carla E. Reyes is a NYC based, mixed-media artist whose work incorporates textured surfaces, and an exploration of the interaction between the man-made and natural worlds. She paints semi-abstract scenes from her urban environment and excursions in nature, and also explores themes of motherhood and women’s issues. She is interested in focusing on specific moments in time through art-making, or meditations on seemingly mundane, everyday things, that have an often unrecognized beauty and profundity. Art-making has always been a therapeutic, meditative experience for her, with a heavy emphasis on the tactile, visceral, material aspects and elements of creating. She continues to explore new art forms like ceramics and the book arts, among others.

She creates groupings of works in organic evolving series. Though different, they all share an interest in surface texture, explore with a variety of traditional and unconventional materials, and  respond to nature, her daily experiences and imagination. Artistic influences can range from indigenous art forms, to historical movements, to contemporary art; depending on the works. Research can play a part where deeper understanding is needed, as well as the collection of reference materials. Other works are more spontaneous and intuitive, driven by the hands-on process, over the conceptual.

Carla has exhibited and sold her artwork in NYC and along the East Coast in commercial galleries, non-profit, and alternative spaces, since 2000. She received her BFA in Restoration and Fine Arts, and her MA in Art Education at CUNY City College of New York, NYC. She is currently completing her MFA in Painting at CUNY Lehman College, NYC. Carla also works as a decorative interior finisher, theater scenic artist, muralist, and art educator. Her artwork has been featured in a variety of publications and media including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, BBC World News, The Queens Chronicle, and more. Her work has been represented by Raandesk Gallery of Art in NYC, and Leche Vitrines Art Alliance in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Carla currently works out of her studio at Brooklyn Art Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; and lives in Astoria, Queens with her husband and two young daughters.

To inquire about available artworks, commission a customized work of art, or arrange a studio visit, contact the artist at: carlaereyes[at]