Master Prints

​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. Lead by corporation-friendly governments, we are often indifferent to environmental pollution and socio-political injustices. In this series of prints I appropriate and re-contextualize masterpieces, borrowing their compositional strategies and sometimes their titles, but inserting contemporary imagery with sarcasm and satire to create new works. ​These pieces take a critical view on different corporations that are using GMO’s in their products. They condemn the way policies that favor these corporations are affecting our natural resources, health, environmental pollution, human rights issues, immigration policies, labor rights, violence, wars, global warming, etc, provoking a catastrophe in our contemporary society. ​With my work I am trying to challenge the status quo in this “fast food society” making satirical relief prints that emphasize both concept and craft. PROPAGANDA novus order seclorum ut patet in fixuras de Carlos Barberena Leticia Cortez / El Beisman Magazine. Chicago Nicaraguan-born Printmaker Shows Satirical Works at Local Gallery Eleanore Catolico / The Gate Newspaper. Chicago Carlos Barberena: grafista impresor Luis Fernando Quirós / experimenta magazine. Spain La Mirada Incisiva de Carlos Barberena Luis Fernando Vargas Vega / Ancora, La Nación, San Jose, Costa Rica