Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan self-taught Printmaker based in Chicago. Barberena is the founder of the printmaking project La Calaca Press in Chicago.
He has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The United States of America.
His work has been shown in important Art Fairs, Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries and Cultural Centers around the world, among them: the IX Nicaraguan Visual Arts Biennial (IX BAVNIC) – Ortiz-Gurdián Foundation. “Recycling Memory: Recapturing the Lost City” curated by Omar López-Chahoud. PAC Museum, Managua, Nicaragua; LAPS 21, National Printmaking Biennial curated by Jack Rutberg, CSUN Art Galleries, Northridge, CA; Pulso: Arte de las Américas curated by Salvador Jimenez, KCAD Fed Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI; “Santitos” curated by René Arceo, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago; Hanal Pixan – Food for the Souls, curated by Dolores Mercado, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; III Bronx Latin American Art Biennial curated by Alexis Mendoza, Bronx, New York; “Les Saltimbanques” an homage to Gustave Doré at the Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot – MARQ – in France, where his work was exhibited alongside Doré’s Masterpiece; 8th Triennial – Mondial de L’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale in Chamalieres, France; 6th KIWA at the Kyoto Museum of Art in Japan; Takanabe Art Museum, Miyazaki, Japan; Latin American & Nicaraguan Printmaking, former Convent of San Francisco Museum, Granada, Nicaragua; 24 Grafiekbiennale Sint-Niklaas, International Exlibriscentrum, Stedelijke Musea, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium; III World Body Art Conference in Venezuela, Lia Bermudez Museum; V Biennial of Caribbean Dominican Republic, Museum of the Dominican Man and the XIII Art Salon, Identity Imprint: A Glance at Ibero-American Printmaking curated by Juan Bernal at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC.
He has received various awards, most notably the National Printmaking Award 2012 given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture in Managua, Nicaragua and the award- poster for the Ecology and Human Rights in Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, given by GEBANA in Berlin, Germany.
Barberena’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including Ortíz-Gurdián Museum, León, Nicaragua; Douro Printmaking Biennial Collection, Museu do Gravura Douro, Alijo, Portugal; Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago, USA; Artist Printmaking Research Collection, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA; Special Collection, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA; the National Gallery, San José, Costa Rica; Museum of Contemporary Art “Julio Cortazar” Managua, Nicaragua; Permanent Art Collection of the Bibliotheca of Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt; Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois; KIWA, Kyoto, Japan; the School of Fine Arts, (UNAM), Mexico; the Triennial Prints Cabinet, AMAC, France; the International Exlibriscentrum, Stedelijke Museum in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium; the Lia Bermudez Museum, Venezuela; Former Jesuit College Cultural Center, Patzcuaro, Mexico and Praxis Gallery of Nicaragua.