Carolina Otero, born in Paris, France, is a Venezuelan visual artist based in Houston, Texas. A graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, Otero has long used reclaimed materials— discarded books, catalogs, magazine clippings, reproductions of classic works of art, etc, in combination with pastels, watercolor, pencils, ink, and acrylic paint, in small and large-scale collages and mixed-medium compositions. For the past four years, she has also been working on printmaking.
In addition to her lifelong practice as a visual artist, Otero relishes teaching art to students of all ages, and art educators. Her interest in learning creative processes has led her to pursue independent studies related to pedagogy and human development wherever she happens to live and work.
Otero has had solo exhibitions at Pinta Miami Art Fair 2017, Pinta Platform, Galería Regina, Houston; French Alliance Gallery, Galería Okyo, Galería Félix and Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela; Asociación Ateneo de Aragua, Ateneo de Maracay, Venezuela; Galerie des 7 voies, Paris, France; Thereses Kunstsalong, Oslo, Norway.
Group exhibitions: Lawndale Art Center, Holocaust Museum Houston, Sicardi Ayers Bacino Gallery, Artbox Gallery and The Union, Houston Texas; Nina Torres Art Gallery, Miami; National Gallery of Art, Caracas, Mario Abreu Contemporary Art Museum, Maracay, Venezuela, among others. Her work is held in public and private collections in the U.S., Norway, France, Australia, England and Venezuela.
1985 Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. New York, New York.
Courses and workshops in education and human development with Dr. Elaine de Beauport, Dr. Aura Sofía Díaz, Dr. Gail Kunz, Barbara Glazer, Marianela Castes, Jean Houston, Magali Egui, Cristina de Lecuna, Carmen Evelia de Lara, Ricardo Márquez, Angel Tovar and Marianthi Constantinu.
2017 Time Travels. PINTA Miami 2017: Crossing Cultures. Solo Projects. Miami, Florida.
2015 Passages. Galería Regina, Houston, Texas.
2011 Imágenes intervenidas (Intervened Images). French Alliance. Caracas, Venezuela.
2008 Papel sobre papel (Paper on Paper). Galería Okyo, Caracas, Venezuela
2005 Private Exhibition. Caracas, Venezuela.
2001 Caserío del color (Village of Color). Galería Félix, Caracas, Venezuela.
2001 Pulso, color y gesto (Pulse, Color and Gesture). Asociación Ateneo de Argaua, Maracay, Venezuela.
1996 Carolina Otero. Galerie des 7 Voies. Paris, France.
1995 Collages. Thereses Kunstsalong. Oslo, Norway.
1991 Pinturas, dibujos y collages (Paintings, Drawings and Collages). Sala Mendoza. Caracas, Venezuela.
2021 The Big Show. Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas.
2021 Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict. Holocaust Museum Houston. Texas.
2021 Unframed , Sicardi Ayers Bacino Gallery. Houston, Texas.
2019 South American Focus II, Artbox Gallery. Houston, Texas.
2019 Generation One, The Union Gallery. Houston, Texas.
2019 South American Focus I, Artbox Gallery. Houston, Texas.
2017 Private Collective Exhibit. Kirksey Architecture. Houston, Texas.
2015 Bazaart. Silver Street Studios. Houston, Texas.
2014 Annual Art Show. The Jung Center. Houston, Texas.
2014 Art League of Houston Show. Houston, Texas.
2012 Nina Torres Fine Art. Miami, Florida.
2006 2nda. Edición, Certamen Mayor de las Artes y las Letras, Visual Arts Chapter. Museo del Estado Miranda. Los Teques.
2005 Megaexposición (Mega-Exhibition). Galería de Arte Nacional. Caracas, and Museo del Estado Miranda, Venezuela.
2000 XXV Salón Nacional de Arte Aragua. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Maracay Mario Abreu. Maracay, Venezuela.
1999 Artistas de los Altos Mirandinos (Artists of the Altos de Miranda). Edificio Sede Alcaldía de Baruta. Caracas, Venezuela.
1998 7X3 sobre papel (7 X 3 on Paper). La Galería del Sacro. Museo Sacro. Caracas, Venezuela.
1997 VII Salón Municipal de Arte (VII Municipal Art Show). San Antonio de los Altos. Miranda, Venezuela.
1995 Galería Las Américas, San Antonio de los Altos. Miranda, Venezuela.
1985-87 Instituto de Arte Federico Brandt. Caracas, Venezuela.
The work of Carolina Otero is represented in private and public collections in the United States, Canada, France, Norway, England, Australia, Colombia, and Venezuela. Reviews, interviews, and others have been published in mainstream newspapers and magazines in Venezuela, Norway, and the United States. Carolina illustrated the children’s book Las Historias de Miguel Vicente Pata Caliente, written by renowned Venezuelan author Orlando Araujo, and published in the 1970s.
Carolina Otero has donated art pieces to charity projects and institutions both in Venezuela and in the USA. Among them: the Escuela Comunitaria San Antonio de los Altos, Hogares Bambi, Fundaguilas, Latin Women of Houston, Fresh Arts, and Wellness for Growth Foundation.
Escuela Comunitaria San Antonio de los Altos, San Antonio de los Altos, Venezuela.
Supervised Art Education programs through workshops and discussions.
Caracas, San Antonio de los Altos and Araure, Venezuela. Developed art education curriculum and taught workshops to Preschool and Elementary School Art Teachers, both individually and in collaboration with artists and educators Toña Vegas and María Elena Nuñez.
Caracas and San Antonio de los Altos, Estado Miranda, Venezuela.
Taught painting, drawing and art history courses at the Instituto de Arte Federico Brandt, Escuela de Música San Antonio de los Altos, Instituto de Artes Integradas and the Escuela Comunitaria San Antonio de los Altos.
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, New York, USA.
Worked at the Cooper Union Saturday Program: Student lead classes to assist future Cooper Union applicants in creating an art portfolio.
2016-18 Curator, Otero Pardo Foundation.
2006-2011 Curator for the future Otero Pardo Foundation.
Worked on general vision and executed hands-on projects, among them inventory, storage and conservation of documents. Collaborated on solo and group exhibitions, house remodeling, and maintenance.
2006-2010 Curator and co-producer for a book of drawings of Alejandro Otero.
Collaborated with Artesano Group editorial house on the publication of two major monographic books: Alejandro Otero ante la crítica. Voces en el sendero plastico, and Memoria crítica. Alejandro Otero.
2013 Wrote catalog text for exhibition Animal by Angel Marcano, held at Galería D'Museo, in Caracas, Venezuela.
2010 Co-wrote catalog text for the art exhibition Canto Rodado by María Elena Nuñez, held at Galería Sanarte, Caracas,
2008-2009 Projects Curator, 50th Anniversary celebration of ECSA. San Antonio de los Altos. Estado Miranda, Venezuela.
1998-1999 Curator and program manager of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of ECSA: a year of cultural events for the 40th Anniversary of the Escuela Comunitaria. Management and co-producer of Photography exhibitions, a photographic projection event, workshops, award recognition ceremonies, concerts, and the final event celebration for more than 500 people.
1990-1991 Co-curator, Mercedes Pardo: Moradas del color (anthological exhibition of 50 years of work), National Gallery of Venezuela. Caracas, Venezuela.
2018 Guided talks for Beyond Color. Works by Mercedes Pardo. Sicardi Ayers Bacino Gallery. Houston, Texas.
2017 As part of Tarraya collective: Producer and host of A Dialogue with artist Magdalena Fernandez. Houston, Texas
2006 Keynote Speaker, Award ceremony of the XI Salón Nacional de Arte Alejandro Otero, homenaje a Mercedes Pardo. San Antonio de los Altos, Venezuela.
2001 Panelist 10th ANDIEP , National Education Conference with the talk: Art as a freedom practice.
2000 Artist Talk at the XXV Salon Nacional de Arte Aragua, Venezuela.
1999 Guest Speaker, High School Graduation Ceremony. Escuela Comunitaria San Antonio de los Altos. San Antonio de los Altos.
Co-Founder, Arts and Education NGO
2016 on Collaborator of Tepuy Venezuelan Community of Houston. Speaker and cultural programs.
2006 on Co-Founder, Otero Pardo Foundation. San Antonio de los Altos. Estado Miranda, Venezuela.
Conceived and organized what was to become the Otero Pardo Foundation. Renovated Alejandro and Mercedes’ house. Directed and executed primordial document classification, storage, and conservation projects. Cooperated and co-curated Otero and Pardo’s exhibitions.
1996 Co/founder and active member of the NGO Guaraira Repano Asociados para el Arte, la Educación y la Promoción Cultural.
1983-2013 Active Board Member of the Asociación Civil Escuela Comunitaria San Antonio de los Altos.