Born in Mexico D.F., Carlos G. Gómez found his first artistic expression in the “Tex – Mex” culture of the Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville where he was raised. “Brightly colored buildings and the surreal atmosphere of the Mexican border towns gave me the first appreciation of color, line, and the generalization that my chosen images would have to be bold and realistic," explains Carlos. He obtained his B.F.A. at Pan American University and attended Washington State University for his M.F.A. in painting and drawing. In the course of his studies he went, from an interest in Renaissance style art to social-abstract-surrealism and is currently exploring multi-technique painting.
He has received positive critical reviews from the media where he has presented
exhibitions. Most recently, he was included in Arizona State University Hispanic
Research Center publications; Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art Work: Artist,
Works, and Education and CHICANO ART FOR OUR MILLENIUM, and a textbook:
K-8 Spotlight on Art, published by Pearson Scott Foreman.
Notable exhibitions include: The 24th exhibition of Painting and Sculpture held at Barnegat Light, New Jersey, which included monumental artist like: Ben Shahn, Leonardo Nierman, Betty Wesson, Samuel Rattner, and others. Other note worthy exhibitions he has participated in, include the 70th American Annual at Newport in Rhode Island, the Second National Jury Exhibition in Washington DC, The Latin Spirit of the 80's in Houston, the Art in Nature at the Museum of Natural History in Austin, Cara on Cara: Texas Faces in San Antonio, Tres Proyectos Latinos, Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, and the Eight Parkside National Small Print Exhibition held in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He has also exhibited with such notable artists as: Jasper Johns, Luis Jimenez, Benito Huerta, Cesar Martinez, Sam Coronado, John Hernandez, Leticia Huerta, Jesse Amado, Isben Espada, Pedro Rodriquez, and many others.
Currently, he is a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where he teaches a wide range of classes in painting and drawing. He has also served as a volunteer wildlife illustrator for the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the Gorgas Science Foundation.
Other exhibitions of merit were at Texas A&M Kingsville, where he exhibited 20 paintings in a One Man Show, the University of Houston Down Town campus O'Kane Gallery in the national group exhibition titled "El Quinto Sol: Chicano (a) Perspectives" sponsored by the Museo Guadalupe Aztlan, a three person show at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center curated by Kathy Vargas in San Antonio, followed by a group exhibition in Fort Worth, and several exhibitions in the Rio Grande Valley many of which were one man shows. Among them were “Provenance” at the Rio Grande Valley Museum in Harlingen Texas, “Pseudonym” at Richardson Art Gallery, “Serendipity” at STCC, and three group shows in Wichita Kansas, Boise Idaho, and Norm Okalahoma, among others. His latest and note worthy was a two-man show with renowned Chicano artist Cesar A. Martinez; “Dos Caras Del Sur de Tejas” at the Brownsville Historic Museum. Other one-man shows are “Presence” at La Pena Gallery in Austin, “The Human Condition” in Brownsville, “Orale” in Mexico, “Unplugged: Gomez on Paper”, with several on going group shows and group traveling shows around the US.
One of particular importance is the upcoming exhibit “Chicana/o Art for our Millennium,” a partnership between the Mesa Southwest Museum in Phoenix and the Hispanic Research Center which is based on the two volume book “Contemporary Chicana/o Art: Artists, Works, Culture and Education”. . In conjunction with the exhibit, Bilingual Review Press will produce an oversized catalog and resource guide with all of the 95 pieces featured in the exhibit complete with artist’s bios.
Aside from exhibiting his work, Carlos also is a very active curator and has curated more than one hundred shows. He is latest a project “Four from Brownsville”, an exhibition that documents a regional influences in extreme South Texas—mainly Brownsville. The exhibition was held the spring of 2006 at the Kellogg Gallery at Cal Poly Tech in Pomona, California.