Carlos Pereira, Jr., a Texan-born artist, learned the magic of oil painting at the age of 6. His mother, Ivonne Marrero, was a renowned artist that studied arts at the School of Plastic Arts of Puerto Rico, and whose work includes a mosaic table that is still on display at the Jardines de Fortaleza, Casa Blanca de San Juan (The Gardens at the White House, San Juan), bronze sculptures of Christopher Columbus in the San Juan Square, and a grand mosaic wall that was once part of El Caribe Office Building, located across Condado Lagoon Villas At Caribe Hilton . Carlos quickly took a liking to the arts, and at the age of 7 had already painted masterpieces that quickly turned heads. His father, Carlos Pereira, Sr., came from a family of high-end jewelers who also influenced the arts in the family.
Carlos has won several awards which include the 2002 Micheal G. Meyers Best Design Award and the 2003 Michael G. Meyers Best Model Award. He placed second place for "Best Design" at the American Institute of Architects, Texas Society of Architects in 2003 and 2004, and received second place in the category of photography for the Texas Culture Shapers in 2002. He was the first person to receive an Honors Award at Katy High School under the category of Architectural Research and Development. Carlos is a member of the Rice Design Alliance at the Rice University School of Architecture, member of NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts & Culture), the American Institute of Architects Students Society, the Anchorage Museum and the International Gallery of Contemporary Arts in Anchorage, Alaska. He currently serves on the Board for AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Alaska, a non-profit professional organization for design in Alaska.
Carlos' style is defined as abstract, impressionism, post-impressionism, and landscapes. After graduating with a degree in architecture in Texas, he took a liking to pursue the art of pointillism and surrealism, although it is not the main subject of his work. The vision Carlos pursues dates back to the very early stages of his childhood. He paints portraits of landscapes of various places that remind him of the places he grew up, including Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas. He currently resides in Alaska.
The language behind most of his landscape art is mostly influenced by Alaska, the serenity and beauty that is made up of lush mountains and pine trees. Carlos is also a photographer whose passion is to photograph the aurora borealis; yet another visual that is present in his landscape art pieces.
His abstracts are a form of communication that touch on his personal experiences and education, but does not leave out nature. Most of his abstracts tell a tale of scenery in over-exposed and bizarre colors, as seen in the piece “East Coast/West Coast”, where he was able to define winter and sunshine. In “The Meditation of Sorrow”, for example, the artist thought of a time that he went surfing before Hurricane Ike made landfall in Texas. The bright colors represent the very last bits of sunshine before Mother Nature’s aggressive force made for thrashing waves and murky ocean waters, as depicted in the darker colors of the painting. Carlos has an ability to tell stories of past experiences with his art. Through this channel of thought, he is able to capture the attention of an audience that is intrigued by his story.
Carlos is an avid traveler. During his free time, he takes to the outdoors on hiking and camping trips.