Carlos is an emerging interdisciplinary media artist and doctoral student at UCLA’s Chicana and Chicano Studies program with a focus in Community Cultural Development. His works include video installation, muralism, studio painting and digital media. His work as Project Manager at the Social and Public Art Resource Center focuses on the creation of new public artworks through the UCLA@SPARC Community Cultural Development Lab, mural advocacy, preservation and expanding the role of collaborative visual art in interdisciplinary education. A first-generation born of Salvadoran immigrant parents who arrived in Los Angeles at the beginning of the civil war, his work is often concerned with the representation of post civil war iconography and its effect on transnational identities. He has worked extensively assisting world-renowned artist & Distinguished UCLA Professor Judith F. Baca on signature works such as the mural restoration of the Great Wall of Los Angeles, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Arches at the LAUSD RFK Community Schools-Paul Schrade Library, La Gente del Maiz digital mural at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, the Ataco Mural Project in Ataco, El Salvador on behalf of the State Department/US Embassy, and the Richmond Digital Mural Project for the Richmond Arts Center in Richmond, CA.
His research in the UCLA@SPARC Community Cultural Development Lab include: the continuation of the Great Wall of Los Angeles program and designs; interpretation of histories through collaboration in visual media and technology; activism and education in applied visual arts; preservation of Los Angeles Murals especially Chicano/Latino iconographic public artworks; using technology in the creation of new public works and preserving historical works; and researching new material applications and addressing issues of material wear and deterioration in exterior environments.