2021 Sprouting Space Location:

Stamford Town Center

100 Greyrock Pl.

Stamford, CT 06901

Carlos Bautista

I was born in 1969. My father and grandfather both died by the time I was 4 years old.  I was raised in a matriarchal family structure where I learned to sew and would watch the women make clothing and other household items as they struggled trying to be as resourceful as possible.


This was out of necessity.


On Sept 11, 1973 a military coup took place in Chile, establishing the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. I lived under this brutal dictatorship throughout my formative years. I eventually came to NYC to study art only then to witness the fate of the World Trade Center.


The fate of both Chile and the US has had a huge impact on my life and my work.


Although much of my work is rooted in tragedy, it is ironically joyful and lush. I meld a childlike playfulness with my  love of color, texture and textiles, and that of my absurdist perspective. I construct dissonate compositions that include nostalgic mementos of my childhood such as Felix the Cat or a favorite dog. I often insert a manipulation of my self-portrait into my quilts.


“Humans are blessed to have artists/empaths, like Carlos Bautista Biernnay who are on this planet to hold a mirror to our actions, motivations and feelings. They absorb the pain and joy, the beautiful and the ugly. Their release is to synthesize what they have collected and to create art, the reflection of humanity. These creations are opportunities for all of us to meditate, assess our perceptions and motivations, and remember our true heroes”.


As an absurdist, I am not judgmental. My art is a touchstone that enables viewers to think and to feel for themselves.


I exhibit in Chile, Brazil, New York, Maine and CT. My art is in private collections in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Washington, Brazil, Chile, and Hungary.


I continue to live between Chile and the U.S.

The day was cold and cloudy, N/Y

La fiesta de la Lola, 2014.

Aliens, N/Y.

Memories, 2014.

Opening Sprouting Spaces, Stamford Town Center - 2021