Caitlin Carcerano (she/her) is a figurative, illustrative oil painter. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, she graduated from the University of New Mexico summa cum laude in 2017 with a BFA in Art Studio, Painting and Drawing. Caitlin continues to live and work in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she maintains a studio at the Harwood Art Center. Her work has been shown at 516 Arts, the Harwood Art Center, and AC2 Gallery in Albuquerque, and internationally at Art Dubai 2019.
My paintings center around one woman in a space, serving as a semi-autobiographical examination of how I spend my time in the spaces I occupy. Each painting exists as a moment in time that is part of a larger narrative, like a panel in a comic. I imbue even still images with a sense of action, as if they are moments in an overarching story. In my most recent work, the bathtub serves as a place where I can explore my relationship with vulnerability and the tension between feeling secure and feeling exposed. The softness of the human body is crucial to my paintings, as is nudity. I aim to show that women and their bodies are not singularly sexual. My work also embraces the visual language and bright color palette of graphic novels and vintage commercial illustration.
b. 1994, El Paso, Texas.
University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude, 2017
2018, Debtfair, 516 Arts, Albuquerque NM
2018, Surface: Emerging Artists of New Mexico, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque NM
2021, The Ties That Bind, Encompass at the Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
2020, Take it as it Comes, Zendo Coffee, Albuquerque NM
2017, This Must Be My Dream, Arts Unexpected Centennial Exhibitions, Albuquerque NM
Group and Two-Person Exhibitions
2019, I Don't Have a Type, AC2 Gallery, Albuquerque NM
2019, Red Door Brewing Co., Albuquerque NM
2017, Mauve, Casquette.co, Albuquerque NM
2017, Sunglasses Emoji, Arts Unexpected Centennial Exhibitions, Albuquerque NM
Southwest Contemporary, Bodies//Boundaries, Spring 2021
2018 Surface: Emerging Artists of New Mexico Participant
2017 Reggie Behl Memorial Drawing Award, University of New Mexico
2016 Ada Wester Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship, University of New Mexico
2015 Ada Wester Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship, University of New Mexico
2015 Hilmer G. Olson Memorial Scholarship, University of New Mexico
2014 Charles and Katherine Brown Scholarship, University of New Mexico