Carlos Betancourt, Times of Illumination, Daytime, Print.
Photographic print of artwork titled Times of Illumination, 2018 (wall assemblage). a large light artwork wall assembly consisting of hundreds of mostly star-shaped Christmas tree toppers. In this print of the actual artwork, you can see the artist recycled vintage objects and removed them from their original purpose and delivered in a magical new setting. The actual wall assemblage is electrical, and all the elements illuminate, like a sky full of hopeful stars. With this artwork, the artist continues to explore issues of memory by using the past and present it in a new context.
CARLOS BETANCOURT (b. 1966 San Juan, Puerto Rico) received a BA from Miami Dade Community College and continued his artistic training at Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, the Miami Art Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Museo de Arte Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, Palm Springs Art Museum, New Orleans Art Museum, the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in the Canary Islands, amongst others.
His work has been included in exhibitions at PAMM, (Miami Art Museum) Miami, FL; Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, FL; Mc Nay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; Celestial Gardens, site specifc permanent installation, Refections Celebrity Cruise Ship; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale; Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida; Ponce Museum of Art, Puerto Rico; Heather James Gallery, Palm Springs, California; Museo de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Pasiones; Ponce Museum of Art, Puerto Rico; Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Smithsonian National Gallery, Washington DC; Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan; Santa Ana College Gallery, Santa Ana, CA; Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the among others.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Florida Department of State Millennium Cultural Recognition Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, and the Miami Beach Arts Council Grant. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, Miami Herald, and Art net, Huffington Post among others.