Curaçao visual artist Carl Ariza (1973) is born and raised in Curaçao. From 1994 till 1998 he studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and in 2007 returns to Curaçao where he soon becomes active in the local art scene. In 2010 he is selected to participate in the exhibitions ‘Antepasado di Futuro’ in Curaçao and ‘Festival del Caribe’ in Cuba.
That same year he also paints ‘King of Moderate Ability’, criticizing society for its massive acceptance of inexpensive products of mediocre quality. Bombs coming from the silhouette of a man, are aimed at (a massed produced) coffee table below. Ariza feels misplaced and restricted in a society that accepts money as the norm for success, quality and creativity.
Carl Ariza grows up in Curaçao during the Seventies and Eighties. The movie ‘Beat Street’ (1984), graffiti artist Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) and Hip Hop music groups like “Public Enemy” have a tremendous impact on him as a young teenager. He becomes increasingly aware of the standards and morals of the establishment and it also stimulates him to investigate human behavior, society and established conceptions. His painting ‘I saw it with my own eyes’ (2008), shows a young child looking at a tiny, fragile hummingbird. “A child is ever curious and this painting is a reminder for everyone to always keep that part of you alive, don’t take things for granted, but always be aware.”
Carl Ariza’s entry for Luciano Benetton’s Imago Mundi Collection in 2013 is a painted and wrapped canvas titled ‘Timid, like a curious deer’. The piece is securely tied with a red string and defies the viewer to open the neatly folded package. Still, when confronted with this piece, who will ignore good manners and accepted social behavior, give in to curiosity and recklessly open the package? When the question is brought before the artist he looks up and answers “A child will”.
2013: Text and photographs by Josée Thissen-Rojer.
2014 Nation in Transition, Landhuis Bloemhof. Curaçao.
2012 Soliana Bonapart & Aardenburg, Curaçao.
2011 NAAM, Curaçao.
2010 Antepasado di Futuro, The Curaçao Museum. Curaçao.
2010 Kas di Kultura, Curaçao.
2010 Festival del Caribe, Santiago. Cuba.
2006 Derlon Theater Gallery. Maastricht, the Netherlands.
2006 Art Tour, Maastricht. Netherlands.
2005 Art Tour, Maastricht. Netherlands.
2004 Diepzout, Maastricht. Netherlands.
2004 Art Tour, Maastricht. Netherlands.
2003 Theater Vrijthof, Maastricht. Netherlands
2003 Art Tour, Maastricht. Netherlands.
2002 Gallery Vrijhof, Maastricht. Netherlands
2002 Art Tour, Maastricht. Netherlands.
2001 Golden Tulip Gallery, Maastricht. Netherlands
2001 Art Tour, Maastricht. Netherlands.
1999 Exhibition Art Academy Maastricht. Netherlands.
Smit, J. & Rooy, F. de (2012), Curaçao Classics. Visual Arts 1900-2010. Amsterdam: KIT Publishers/Curaçao: Arte '99, p. 30-31
1997 Selected for 10 best artists in the Rabo Bank International Artist Competition "Teamplay".
Carl Ariza received nominations for
1998 Henriette Hustinx Award
1998 Art Academy Maastricht Award
1996 Philips Lighting Competition