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Artist Statement

For me, art is a powerful form of communication that I employ to reflect on and question the issues that we encounter in a consumer society.

Some of my prints are focused on the work of activists who have defended their communities; I am interested in the histories and cultural inheritance that inspire these struggles, representing them through the images in the prints.

My work has also always focused on demonstrating the interconnectedness of migrants’ experiences to different spaces. My work is also focused on the unseen things people carry: memories, attachments, relationships and traumas. As a migrant myself, I have always been attentive to the ways that people ignore my humanity, sweeping aside all these elements of my experience.

My prints also take a critical point of view to corporation-friendly governments that are indifferent to environmental pollution and promote policies against immigration, labor rights and socio-political injustices.


December 2, 2021 – March 11, 2022



Open Gallery Hours: (Beginning Dec. 2)

Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


About Carlos Barberena

Carlos Barberena (b.1972) is a Nicaraguan self-taught Printmaker based in Chicago, where he runs the printmaking projects: Bandolero Press & La Calaca Press. He is also a member of the Instituto Grafico de Chicago.

Barberena is known for his satirical relief prints and the use of images from pop culture, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. In his art, he has consistently reflected on the cycles of repression and resistance and its relationship to the Diaspora in which he has lived, throughout dictatorship, revolution, erasure, renewal, hope, dictatorship and repression. His prints center these types of life experiences occurring far beyond his country. He creates to bring awareness to the interconnectedness among them, focusing on injustices of social, political, economic and environmental injustice. At time he evokes with satirical images, at others, through the mundane, unseen things people carry: memories, attachments, relationships and traumas.

Cafe con Arte:
January 27, 2022
8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

*This exhibit was supported in part by a grants from the City of Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you to all of our sponsors.

February 9, 2022 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Carlos Barberena
Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan self-taught Artist / Printmaker based in Chicago, where he runs the printmaking projects: Bandolero Press & La Calaca Press. He is also a member of the Instituto Grafico de Chicago. Barberena has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The United States of America. His work has been shown in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries, Cultural Centers and Universities around the world.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022
7:30 P.M.

Virtual Free Event:
This lecture will be available as a pre-recorded virtual event. The link to the recording will be posted the following day at

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Gráfica América presents works by artists representing print shops, publishing houses, and artist collectives from throughout the United States, México, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The exhibition celebrates the collaborative spirit of printmaking through historical prints and publications as well as contemporary traditional and experimental works made in collective studios and workshops established by Latin American and Latinx printmakers.

Gráfica América, is organized by the Museum of Latin American Art and is curated by Gabriela Martínez, MOLAA Curator of Education and Rogelio Gutiérrez, Professor of Printmaking at Arizona State University – School of Art.