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Carlos Gutierrez-Solana


CARLOS GUTIERREZ-SOLANA is an artist, curator, arts administrator, museum professional, birdhouse maker, and gay man.

As an artist he has exhibited his work and site-specific installations and presented his performances throughout the country since 1972. Originally trained as a figurative/representational painter most of the work has focused primarily – though not exclusively, on the body, specifically the male body, gender, sexuality, space manipulation, mark-making, and AIDS. He has worked, and continues to work, with a variety of materials formats and genres including (but not necessarily restricted to): painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, theater, dance, glass, collage, text, and computer imaging, and now birdhouses.

As a curator he has developed numerous exhibitions and events in a wide range of subjects and media (including hooked rugs; ceramics; architecture; fashion, drawing, installation, photography, painting, sculpture, and AIDS) on both coasts and throughout New York State, but he is probably best known as “that guy who did a miniature golf course created by artists for Artists Space.” Exhibits he has created have been presented at the University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; The Queens Museum, NY; The Newark Museum, NJ; The Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; Jamestown Community College, NY; Lake George Arts Project, NY; and Artists Space and the New York Transit Museum, both in NY, among others.

As an arts administrator and museum professional he has been an exhibit designer/fabricator for the Staten Island Children’s Museum; curator for the Queens Museum; director of the Visual Artists Program for the New York State Council on the Arts – for 10 years; artistic and executive director of Artists Space, and deputy director for the New York Transit Museum. He’s also lectured extensively on a variety of subjects, participated in numerous workshops with both school-age children and adults, and served on many art panels throughout the country.

As a gay man he’s been out since 1970 and was diagnosed HIV+ in 1989. He has been asymptomatic with an undetectable viral load for many years. He is single and leading a happy, productive life.



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Solo Exhibitions


Bookstore & Bindery Gallery, Point Reyes, California 1975

Group Exhibitions

Time Returns: A Continuous Now

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (May 10 - August 4) 2019

Et Tu, Art Brute?

Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY (Nov. 17 - Jan. 28) 2017/18

Love Positive Women

Handmade Paper Valentines created by artists & activists to be mailed to women living with HIV internationally. Program & exhibit sponsored by Intl. Comm. of Women Living with HIV; Visual AIDS; Fire Island Artist Residency and Dieu Donne.

Dieu Donne Art Center, New York, NY (Jan. 25 - Feb. 3) 2016

4/2 X W/2

A Miniature Art Exhibition & Sale (Sep. 19, 2015 - Jan. 30) 2016

Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC2015/16

Art in a Box

Benefit Exhibit for Children at Risk

The Painting Center, New York, NY (December 6 - 31) 2015

Radiant Presence

Digital Slide Show For The 26th Annual Day Without Art (December) 2015

Organized by Visual AIDS. New York City, San Francisco, Miami

(Art Basel) & numerous other art institutions, AIDS service organizations,

and universities nationwide. Curated by: Bill Arning; Ian Alteveer; Chris Vargas; Rae Lewis-Thornton;

Mark S. King; Allen Frame; Maria Mejia; Jack Mackenroth, and Kimberly Drew

Arroz Con Mango: Life Through Cuban Eyes

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (October)2015

Curated by Oriol Gutierrez, Editor-in-Chief, POZ Magazine

Buscando Hogar

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (April)2014

Curated by Tamara Oyola Santiago, Public Health Educator/Activist

What’s in Your Closet

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (March)2013

Curated by Travis Chamberlain, Assoc. Curator of Performance and

Manager of Public Programs, The New Museum, NY, NY

For the birds! Fanciful Follies for our feathered Friends Birdhouses by Carlos Gutierrez-Solana and Mary Hays

Voelker Orth Museum, Flushing, New York (Sept 29 – Nov 18) 2012

PRIDE ETIQUETTE:Works on Gender, Identity, and Sexuality byKenneth Sean Golden, Shari Diamond, Paulo Freitas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres,Jonathan Leiter, and Carlos Gutierrez-Solana

Westbeth Art Gallery, New York, NY (June 24 – July 8) 2012

If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (January) 2012

Curated by Stuart Sandford, Artist (London)

Why do you Insist on Flaunting

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (March) 2011

Curated by Sacha Yanow, Director, Art Matters (N.B. Exhibit title taken from my Reverse

Questionnaire series)

Sex, Drugs & Religion

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (September) 2008

Curated by Frank Spinelli, M.D.

Universal Love

Iberoamerican Theater Festival, Teatro Jorge Eliecer Gaitan 2006

Bogota, Colombia

Curated by Jorge Rodriguez, ArteHoy

Compassion, Responsibility, and Independence

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (January) 2006

Curated by NYU Tisch High School Photography Program

Night Work

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (April) 2005

Curated by Sarah Lippek

Fashion Underground: Subway Inspired Accessories

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex 2005

Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY(Exhibition concept and gowns)

Universal Love

Biblioteca Central de Bogota 2004

Bogota, Colombia

Curated by Jorge Rodriguez, ArteHoy

Making the Private Public

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (July) 2004

Curated by Brian Clamp, Director, Clamp Art Gallery, Chelsea, NY

3The Pride Show2

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY (June) 2003

Curated by Jackson

Transitional Space: An Exploration of Adolescent Identity and Homelessness

Visual AIDS Web Gallery, New York, NY 2001

Curated by Navah Steuner & Rene Ortiz of Safe Space

Night of A Thousand Drawings – Benefit Exhibition & Sale

Artists’ Space, New York, NY 2000

Postcards from the Edge – Visual AIDS Benefit Exhibition & Sale

Andrew Krepps Gallery, New York, NY 2000

Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY 2001

Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY 2002

Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY 2005

CRG Gallery, New York, NY 2011

Cheim & Reid Gallery, New York, NY 2012

Sikkena Jenkins & Co., New York, NY 2013

Luhring Augustine, New York, NY 2014

Luhring Augustine, New York, NY 2015

Sikkena Jenkins & Co., New York, NY 2016

Desire: Contemporary Photography from the Visual AIDS Archive Project

Robert B. Menschel Gallery, Lightwork, Syracuse University, NY 1999

DIFFA Pink Umbrellas Project: An ABSOLUT Remembrance

NYC Grand Finale. Barney’s New York & Madison Square Park, NYC 1998

The Gun as Image

Florida State Univ. Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL 1997

Engendros: A Photographic Exhibit about Gender and Sexuality

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, San Antonio, TX 1996

Artists Talk Back: Visual Conversations with El Museo Part III Reaffirming Spirituality

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY 1995

The AIDS Cure Project Art Show

King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta, GA 1994

Souvenirs of Lake George II/The Satisfied Customer Show

Lake George Arts Project, New York, NY 1994

Projects: in memory of…

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 1993

Night of 1,000 Drawings

Artists Space, New York, NY 1993


Wessel-O’Connor Gallery, New York, NY 1990


Bauhouse Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland 1990

Coastal Exchange III

1708 E. Main Gallery, Richmond, VA 1990

HOMO Erotic Art Show

Jim Diaz Gallery, New York, NY 1988

Poetic Visions: Contemporary Latin American Artists

Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT 1987

Outside Cuba/Fuera de Cuba

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum – Rutgers University 1987

New Brunswick, NJ (National Traveling Exhibit):

Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, NY;

Miami Univ. Art Museum, Oxford, OH; Museo de Ponce, Puerto Rico;

Center for Contemporary Art, Miami, FL;

Atlanta College of Fine Arts, GA

Carlos Gutierrez-Solana/Eva Vincent/Jeffrey M. Weiss

San Francisco Art Institute, CA 1975

Carlos Gutierrez-Solana/Oliver Jackson

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA 1975


University Art Gallery, University of California, Davis 1974

Third World Painting/Sculpture Exhibition

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA 1974

Lois Freeman/Cathy Goodell/Carlos Gutierrez-Solana/Christin Nelson/Dottie Reid

University Art Gallery, California State University, San Jose 1973

Joel Glassman/Carlos Gutierrez-Solana/Paul Kos

La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, CA 1973


Where Have All the Guardian Angels Gone? (Installation)

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY 1995

Men Seeking Men. Part I: Call Me (Performance/work-in-progress)

Performance Space 122, New York, NY (Feb 7) 1992

In Memoriam (Installation with window drawing)

1708 E. Main Gallery, Richmond, VA 1990

Bureaucrats on Parade (Readings & Performances)

With: Jewelle Gomez; Gregory Kolovakos; Reuben Sandwich & Gary Schiro.

A benefit for the Brooklyn AIDS Task Force. (Jan.29)

Dixon Place, New York, NY 1989

Poetic Visions/Shattered Dreams (Installation & Performance)

To benefit 3 Western NY AIDS organizations.

Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY 1988

Poetic Visions/Shattered Dreams (Installation & Performance)

Performance during the opening of the exhibition: Poetic Visions:

Contemporary Latin American Artists

Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT 1987

Art-O-Biography (Installation & Performance)

Performance created for video tape for the exhibition: Outside of Cuba/

Fuera de Cuba at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 1987

RECALL: 4 for 4 (Residency, Site Installation & Closing Performance)

Dedicated to the memory of: Domingo Gutierrez de la Solana and,

George Burris; Clifford Schaffer and Neil Ralph.

Long Island University, Southampton Campus, NY 1986

Cambio (Performance)

Study for Cuban-American Interchange

Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL 1982

Drawing/Quarters (Performance)

La Mamelle Arts Center, San Francisco, CA 1976

Action/Drawing (Performance)

San Francisco Art Institute Annual, CA 1976

Figure/Drawing (Installation & Performance)

San Francisco Art Institute, CA 1975

Study for “Figure/Drawing” (Performance)

2790 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 1975

Cut-Out (Performance)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA 1973

4 in March (Installations & Performances)

A.S.U.C. Studio Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA 1972

Soft Jesus (Performance)

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA 1972

Eagle (Performance)

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA 1972


Contact Sheet # 103 – Exhibition Catalogue: Desire. Pages 24 & 25

August 30 – October 17, Lightwork, Syracuse, NY 1999

Contact Sheet # 97 – 25th Anniversary Edition. Catalogue. Pages 24 & 94

Lightwork, Syracuse, NY 1998

San Antonio Express-News

This City Takes a Giant Step into Nude Age. Commentary. Page 3A

Roddy Stinson Sept. 1, 1996

San Antonio Express-News

Exhibit Examines Gender, Sexuality Exh. Review. Page 7F

Dan R. Goddard Oct. 20, 1996

La Voz de Esperanza

Engendros Exh. Review. Pages 3-4

Kathy Vargas Oct. 1996

San Antonio Express-News

Artists to Talk About AIDS ‘Life’ section

Elda Silva Nov. 2, 1996

El Museo del Barrio

Part III: Reaffirming Spirituality Exh. Catalogue. Page 32

Susana Torruela Leval, Curator 1995

Contact Sheet # 82

Lightwork, Syracuse, NY Fall 1994

High Performance

Virginia is for Lovers by Eric Gutierrez. #51. Page 15 Fall 1990

The Village Voice

Scene and Heard by Robert Atkins. Page 96 Sept. 25, 1990

Rutgers University Press/Miami University Press

Outside of Cuba/Fuera de Cuba Exh. Catalogue. Pages 266-269 1989

High Performance

Performance review by Gary Nickard. #46. Page 65 1989

The Buffalo News

Performance review by Richard Huntington Sept. 10, 1988

Art Papers, Atlanta

To Have and Have Not: Who’s Supporting the Arts Today

Volume 12, # 5. Pages 4 – 15 Sept/Oct 1988

New York Magazine

Making a Difference by Wendy Goodman, with Candace Allenson &

Robert McElroy. Pages 64 – 74 Mar. 21, 1988

The Hartford Courant

‘Magic Realism’ Defines Exhibition of Latin American Artists Sep. 20, 1987

East Hampton Star

From the Studio by Rose C.S. Slivka Jan 8, 1987

Southampton Press

Perspectives: The Transformation of the Gallery at LIU/Southampton

by William Henry Dec 11, 1986

Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980

by Thomas Albright. 1975. Page 281 1985

Art News

Vol. 74, # 8. Page 72 Oct. 1975

La Mamelle

Vol. 1, # 2. Pages 26 -28. Interview by Lois Freeman Fall 1975

Art Week

Vol. 6, # 29. Page 6 Sep. 6, 1975

Art Week

Vol. 6, # 22. Page 16 Jul. 12, 1975


New York Dance & Performance Award (Bessie) – Special Citation

Dance Theater Workshop, Producer. New York, NY 1991

Art Matters, Inc. 1988 & 1995

Cintas Foundation Fellowship

Institute of International Education 1974-75


University of California, Berkeley, CA MA – 1972

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri BFA – 1970

RESUME.Artist_Full. Updated: October 19, 2012