Born in Paris, France, Carolina Otero 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, often featuring expressive brushwork.
In addition to her lifelong practice as a visual artist, Otero relishes teaching art to students of all ages, including other art educators. Her interest in learning creative processes linked to a variety of expressive means has led her to pursue independent studies related to pedagogy and human development wherever she happens to live and work.
Carolina Otero has had solo exhibitions at the 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 include the Annual Show at the Jung Center and the ALH Show at Art League in Houston; Nina Torres Art Gallery, Miami; Mario Abreu Contemporary Art Museum, Maracay; among others. Her work is held in public and private collections in the U.S., Norway, Australia, France, and Venezuela.
I grew up surrounded by art. Because I was born into a family of accomplished artists, my world revolved around painters, architects, poets, novelists, dancers, actors, singers and composers, who permeated my family’s day-to-day life in my native country, Venezuela. This unique legacy has had a profound effect on my own identity as an artist and the way I approach my own life.
I also developed a closeness to nature and an extended family of extraordinary educators. With an intense exposure to Western art and culture, and independent studies on the relationship between the human brain and its infinite effect on self-transformation, my work records intimate reflections on being and becoming, both as a person and as an artist.
Evocations of cultural and natural landscapes are present in my work. A much admired college Professor Nicholas Marsicano used to tell us: A painter paints only one painting in his or her own entire life. He or she only paints it time and time again. I believe we definitively tap into what we are passionate about, intrigues us, mysteriously calls our souls, again and again.
Through my creative work, I seek to integrate multiple realities and dimensions as I experience them in my mind. My art is a distillation of exercises of inner and outer attention. The images that emerge from perceptions of multiple dimensions become a personal journal in the continuum of the journey that Art is in my life.