Featured Artist Carlos Mercado

Reinterpreting imagery from old magazines, artist Carlos Mercado creates mixed media images as well as three-dimensional installations that invoke the past. See more of his work by visiting his website.

 

“Copacabana” Mixed Media, 60” x 87” by artist Carlos Mercado. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Copacabana” Mixed Media, 60” x 87”

 

I was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, in 1958. Currently I am living and working between San Juan, Miami and Los Angeles.

 

“La Boca del Lobo” Mixed Media, 120” x 60” by artist Carlos Mercado. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“La Boca del Lobo” Mixed Media, 120” x 60”

 

My work is inspired by nostalgia and Caribbean iconography. I like to reinterpret the past and look at it with fresh eyes.

 

“Las Zorras” Mixed Media, Swarovsky Crystals, 180” x 60” by artist Carlos Mercado. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Las Zorras” Mixed Media, Swarovsky Crystals, 180” x 60”

 

Culture is an evolving and constant change agent. I like to make references to the past and see how they relate to the present, and how the past sometimes repeats itself.

 

“Dreamland” Mixed Media, 60” x 60” by artist Carlos Mercado. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dreamland” Mixed Media, 60” x 60”

 

Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated with magazine images.

 

“Natura Morte” Mixed Media Installation, Stainless Steel with Mirror Finish, Digital Impression, 4’ x 7’ x 4’ by artist Carlos Mercado. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Natura Morte” Mixed Media Installation, Stainless Steel with Mirror Finish, Digital Impression, 4’ x 7’ x 4’

 

I like to take these images and reinterpret them in ways that make them interrelate with art history, and act as cultural references.

 

“Rumba” Mixed Media, 60” x 80” by artist Carlos Mercado. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rumba” Mixed Media, 60” x 80”

 

I love bold colors, and I utilize different materials to complement the image collages I create in my head.

 

“Maximo 2” Mixed Media, 84” x 84” by artist Carlos Mercado. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Maximo 2” Mixed Media, 84” x 84”

 

I mostly work in mixed media on canvas. These resemble the lithography and silkscreen techniques of the contemporary pop art movement.

 

“Caribe, Hilton Pool” Mixed Media, 192” x 60” by artist Carlos Mercado. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Caribe, Hilton Pool” Mixed Media, 192” x 60”

 

My work is influenced by Warhol, Koons, Hirst and Murakami.

 

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Comments

  1. These are great Carlos. I love old imagery like this and your treatment brings it right up to date and without losing nostalgia. Fantastic!

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