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Luis Carle


New York based artist-photographer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and, moved to New York City in 1984 to study photography at Parsons School of Design. Begins to work as photographer’s assistant to various well-known photographers in the late 80’s.

In the 1990’s started working for various magazines (Latina Magazine, CRN Magazine, Footwear News, etc., newspapers (El Diario La Prensa, San Juan Star, El Nuevo Dia, etc…) advertising campaigns like Cutty Sark, AT&T, OBRI Cosmetics, Celebrities Portraits and other documentary jobs.

Luis Carle photographs have been shown in galleries and museums throughout New York and abroad including the Caribbean Museum in St. Croix, Museo of Contemporary Arts in San Juan, Museo de las Americas, San Juan,PR. The African American Museum, Centro Gallery at Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College,, Museo del Barrio, MOCADA: Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn. The Museum of Modern Art, NYC. the Hague Arts Center (The Hague, Netherlands) and Sarkowsky Gallery (St Petersburg, Russia.) etc…

In 1992 founded and directed a group of highly gifted Puerto Rican artists called O.P. Art, Inc. (Organization of Puerto Rican Artists, Inc.) The not-for-profit, run by artists collective, supports the work and vision of emerging artists;

O.P.Art have been recognized as an important source of Latin art by the following Art institutions: in April 2006 The Museum of Modern Art Library included O.P.Art history and materials in their Archives of Latino and Latin American Art. In 1999 the New York Regional Center of the Smithsonian Institute’s also included O.P.Art in the Archives of American Art. The artists have also been showcased in galleries and institutions such as El Museo del Barrio, Museum of Modern Art and Taller Boricua. In July 2006 accepted by NYFA (New York Foudation for the Arts, Fiscal Sponsorship program in New York City; O.P.Art have enjoyed critical review in publications such as The New York Times, Daily News and other art magazines; and, have been covered extensively in television and radio programs. O.P.Art was located at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center until February 2013.

In 2014 Carle’s work became part of the permanent collections of Leslie Lohman Gay Art Museum in NYC and My picture of "Respect Trans" Sylvia Rivera with Julia Murray and Christina Hayworth was purchased by The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution for the National Collection.


Using photography, I artistically envision a fictional and fantastical world. A doomsday apocalypse has destroyed earth. Now humans must colonize a strange new world. Transported through time and space, they bring their traditions and customs with them. They create a neo-modern culture amid rugged lunar-like landscapes. I digitally placed subjects in their new setting. I combined different photographs (recycled from previous works) into black and white terrains. Anonymous subjects exhibiting varying personality traits and appearances engage the viewer. Some have funny shapes. Some come in different sizes. All have unique styles. There are touches of humor. They frolic on the beach. They hoist American flags. They play. By depicting the familiar, I strive to evoke the universal. I want viewers to envision their own differing scenarios and embark on an interactive "mind journey." By contemplating a brave new world, I want viewers to consider how personal and cultural identity is shaped, transformed and ever-evolving.


Luis Carle

258 W. 15th Street, #4RE, New York, NY 10011






Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay Art, New York.

Luhring Augustine, Visual Aids Postcards from the Edge, NY.


Ripe Art Gallery, What is a Portrait. Huntington, NY.

ARTernate -Transforming Spaces, New York.

Bennetton Foundation, Caribbean Contemporary Artists Book, New York.

Fuchs Projects, Up, Close & Personal. Brooklyn, NY.

The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Permanet Collection, Washington DC.


Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay Art, New York.


GLAAD Art Auction 2012, New York, NY.

Diálogo 365 - Carpe Diem, Art in City Hall. Philadelphia, PA.

Culturefix, group show. New York, NY.

Michael Mut Gallery, Solo. New York, NY.


Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, MAC.

Museo del Barrio, El Barrio Today - Photo, New York.


Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, Frederiksted, St. Croix.


VII Bienal Internacional de Fotografía 2010 de Puerto Rico.

Leslie Lohman Gallery, Group, Soho, New York.


Taller Boricua, retrospective, New York.




Borimix, PuertoRican on the moon, New York.

Biaggi Faure Fine Art, San Juan Puerto Rico.

Latino Art Collectives Show, NYU. New York.


Nassau Community College and the African American Museum, Hempstead, NY. Catalogue.

Tengelsen Gallery, Art League of Long Island, Group Show, New York.


Centro Gallery at Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, NY. Group Show.

Scedler Minchin Fine Art, Group Show, Homewood, Alabama.

Hague Arts Center, Holland International Art, Group show, The Hague, Netherlands.

Sarkowsky Gallery, Western Artists, Group Show, St Petersburg, Russia.

Mocada, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, New York.


In Art We Trust/ O.P.Art organization of Puerto Rican Artists at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York

Tropical Baby, installation, Vieques, Puerto Rico and La Taza de Oro, New York.

Galeria Crisolarte, Barcelona, Spain.

The Square Foot Show/Emerging Artists, Group show, Art Gotham, New York.


A Celebration of Art and Advocacy, Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, New York.


Life of the City, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

4th Annual Acquisitions/ Sunny view Hospital & Viewpoint Gallery, Schenectady, NY.

Tom of Finland Foundation Art Fair, New York.

The Art Center for the Capital Region, Schenectady, NY.


Postcards From the Edge/ Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York.

Cuchifritos Art Gallery/ Project Space, New York.

West Village Gay Center Building, Group Show, New York.

Robeson Art Gallery, Visual Aids Show, New Jersey.


Taller Boricua, Fresh Produce, New York.


El Museo del Barrio, Selected Files, New York. , Catalogue.

Kraft Foods inc. Hispanic Heritage Month, New York.

Phillip Morris inc. Hispanic Heritage Month, New York.

Chase Manhattan Bank, Hispanic Heritage, Chase Plaza, New York.

Chase Manhattan Bank, Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY.


Museo de las Americas, 1ra Biennal Fotografia de Puerto Rico.

Centro Cardiovascular de Puerto Rico y Caribe, Diseño Isleno.PR.


Leonora Vega Gallery, Un Dos Tres Pescao, Soho, NY.


Saint Marks Church Gallery, No Show, New York Catalogue

Fire Island Pines, Gallery Positive, Long Island, New York.

Space@255 west 43rd, Ageless Art Curated/ Cyn Mclean, New York.

East West Gallery, Heart Beats Curated/Joseph Sipos, New York. Catalogue.

Cyclorama Center for the Arts, Artists Communities Aids Communities. Boston, MA, catalogue.


Gods Love We Deliver, Inaugural Group Show, New York.

Museo Arsenal de la Puntilla, Expresion es UN Grito Visual, Puerto Rico. Catalogue.


ICI Gallery, Condado, Puerto Rico.

Columbia University, AHA Association Hispanic Artists Installation, NY

Artsphere Gallery, Group Show, East Village, New York.

A Heritage With Pride, Group Show, New York, catalogue.

Art Around The Park/ East Village Arts Festival, New York.

Whitehall Gallery, Areyto for Life, New York.

Ateneo Puertorriqueño, New Faces of Puerto Rican Art, Puerto Rico. , Catalogue.

Peter Madero Gallery, Group Show, New York.


2006 Pratt Institute/ Manhattan, Certificate Digital Photography.

2005 Pratt Institute/ Manhattan, Certificate Computer Graphics.

1989School of Visual Arts, Continuing Studies.

1984Parsons School of Design, Photography.

1983University of Sacred Heart, PuertoRico. Communications & Photography.

1982Suffolk County Community College, Long Island, NY. Marketing.

1980University of Puerto Rico. Biology.

Achievements, Grants, Awards, Publications

1992Founder, -Director O.P.Art (Organization of Puerto Rican Artists, inc.) New York.

1993Art Matters Photography. New York.

1996Materials for the Arts, Visual Aids, New York.

David Geffen/Gods Love We Deliver Building, Inauguration and Ribbon cut ceremony. New York.

1ra Biennal de Fotografia de Puerto Rico Honorific Mention. Puerto Rico.

1999 O.P.Art (Organization of Puerto Rican Artists, inc.) Included in a field survey in Puerto Rico by A bureau of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art research Center. New York.

2002Brighton Beach Photograph acquired for Permanent Collection at 4thAnnual Acquisitions/ Sunny view Hospital & Viewpoint Gallery, Schenectady, New York.

2006– Present

O.P.Art (Organization of Puerto Rican Artists, inc.) Documented by METRO- MOMA, Museum of Modern Art a Survey of Archives of Latino and Latin American Art, Library. New York.

NYFA's Fiscal Sponsorship program

NYFA’s Leaders Circle

Ongoing:La Taza de Oro monthly-curator of exhibition space, Chelsea, New York. Visual Arts Curator at NuyoRican Poets Café and The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, East Village, New York

2007 Featured Artist in The Centro Journal of the Center Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter

College, New York.

2008 Materials for the Arts, Visual Aids, New York.

Starbucks/NuyoRican Poets Cafe Art at the Metropolitan Pavilion Curatorial.

2010 Next Magazine Photo Contest 2010 Finalist,

Zona Rosa Magazine Article.

2011 El Museo del Barrio “El Barrio Today” photo contest Second Price.

2012 Photo for invite to The Mayor of the City of New York MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG reception celebrating THE NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE.

2014 Published at CARIBBEAN: TOGETHER APART - Contemporary Artists from (parts of) the Caribbean. A collection of works commissioned and collected by Luciano Benetton. The collection is hosted by the Fundazione Benetton.

Became part of the permanent collection of The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.