Miracle At La Brea, 2003
Oil on collage on canvas
Carlos Vega’s work incorporates historical documents in order to explore questions about humanity, both from the perspective of the individual and of society as a collective. He incorporates antique ledgers, typed cards from library catalogs, postage stamps, newspaper and labels into paintings on canvas and, more recently, on lead. Vega often employs allegorical iconography loaded with associations, such as trees, with their implicit references to family trees or trees of life, and animals, especially donkeys and elephants.
Vega studied at the University of Fine Arts in Seville Spain (1986) and then the University of Fine Arts in Madrid (1988). He continued to study at the Talleres de Art Actual in Madrid from 1988 to 1990 but thought the teaching was too strict. To branch out Vega did graduate work at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1990 to 1991. He currently splits his time between New York and Granada, Spain.
Vega’s work hangs in a number of museums and public spaces including the Columbia Business School, New York, Instituto Cervantes, New York, Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Village, Ohio, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Grenada, Spain, Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada, and the Pizzuti Companies, Columbus, OH.