My paintings are abstract works using mixed media on canvas. I am interested in the overlay of various surfaces and the visual effects that result from this process. I create my pieces by applying different layers using mediums like acrylic paint, ink, mulberry paper, crushed charcoal and wax.
I work with a group of ten to twenty canvases at the same time. The pieces start to “talk to each other” and I begin to see relationships that I could never have set out to create. I have to react quickly when the paintings start to interact, to have a conversation.
I also spend a long time simply observing my canvases. It takes time to find the piece’s principal form. It is always abstract, animated and it possesses an identity.
Eventually I finish completing the surface and no sooner than I’ve sat down to look at the work, I have to jump up because it’s clear how many things must be eliminated or adjusted.
Elimination has become very central to my painting. I build by eliminating and add by subtracting.
The realization that the painting is done comes suddenly. I can no longer add or subtract.
Once the series is done, I let each painting stand on its own, and speak for it self.
Isabel Carrio (b. 1970) was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. After she received her undergraduate degree in Visual Arts in Argentina, she moved to Madrid, Spain where she studied at the University Complutense of Fine Arts. In 2001 she moved to New York City where she enrolled at the Art Students League of New York. She completed the four-year program in Fine Arts Painting at the League and received her degree in April of 2007.
In 2007 she went for a year to the Kanoria Center for the Arts in Ahmedabad, India, in where she produced an extensively body of work on paper, canvas and photography.
Today, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
2008 Photogravure workshop – Lothar Studios, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2006 Teaching Artist and Internship Program – Community Word Project, New York, USA.
2006 Mural Workshop – Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting in America, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York, USA.
2001-2006 Painting Program, The Art Students League of New York, New York, USA.
2004 Artist in the Marketplace, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA.
1996-1997 University Complutense of Madrid. School of Fine Arts. Madrid, Spain
1989-1995 MA in Visual Arts. School of Design and Visual Arts of the Municipal Lyceum, Santa Fe, Argentina
2010 “Palimpsests”, Paintings, AG Gallery, Santa Fe, Argentina
2010 “India, another vision”, Buddha art gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009 “New Paintings”, Galerie Debaume, New York, USA
2008 Open Studio – Works from Kanoria Center for the Arts, India – DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York
2007 Kanoria Center for the Arts, Ahmedabad , India
2006 Grace Institute, New York, USA
2006 s.e.e.d. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2006 Ziebert Art Gallery, Washington DC, USA
2005 Embassy of Argentina, Washington DC, USA
2005 The New York Public Library, Yorkville Branch, New York, USA
2004 Consulate General of Argentina, Art Gallery and Library, New York, USA
2009 “That’s small Graces.” – Galerie Recolte, Fukuoka, Japan
2008 “A look beyond”, The Art Students League of New York, National Arts Club, New York, USA
“Works on paper”, Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont, NY, USA
2007 Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT
S.e.e.d. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Bisou Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan.
2006 Yellow Bird Gallery – Newburgh – New York
Fellowship Recipients, Exhibit of Mural Designs, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York, USA.
JAA, Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Estado das Artes, Portugal.
Cork Gallery at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, USA
2005 Corfaran Group Show, Malaga, Spain.
Roseline Koener Atelier, Westhampton, USA
2004 ACC Gallery, New Jersey, USA
Silvermine Guild Arts Center – 55 th Art of the Northeast Annual Exhibition,
New Canaan, CT, USA
Opening Studios, DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Greeley Square Gallery, New York, New York, USA
Universal Network TV, Law and Order, New York, New York, USA
2003 Opening Studios, DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York, USA
The Times Square Lobby Gallery, New York, New York, USA
University of Connecticut, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
2002 Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, New York, USA
2000 PROARTE Foundation of Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Galeria Museo Aguilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1999 Honorable Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1998 Colegio Mayor Argentino of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
University Complutense of Madrid, Spain.
1997 Museo Rosa Gallisteo de Rodriguez, Santa Fe, Argentina
2006 Carnegie Hall Playbill open call. Program book, January 2007, New York, USA
2006 Abbey Mural Workshop, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York, USA
2005 A T Kearney, Best Painting Award, New York, USA
2004 Lloyd Sherwood Grant, The Art Student League of New York, USA
1999 Grant from the Government of the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina
2006 Purchase Award, The Art Students League of New York, New York, USA
2007 Feature Gallery Magazine, photography
2006 El Litoral, Culture Section, Santa Fe, Argentina
2006 DUMBO Art Review magazine, New York, USA
New York Gallery Guide, June, July, August issue, New York, USA
2005 Linea Magazine, Vol. 9, winter, New York, USA
131st Regular Session Catalog of the Art Students League of New York, USA
2004 130th Regular Session Catalog of the Art Students League of New York, USA
2004 La Nación, Argentines at the Exterior Section, Buenos Aires, Argentina
El Litoral, Culture Section, Santa Fe, Argentina
2002 Norwalk Community College Magazine, Illustrations Issues: May June, July. Norwalk, USA
2007 Kanoria Center for the Arts, Ahmedabad, India