Carlos Alves Studios

Artist
Date: 
Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Carlos Alves Studios

Carlos Alves Studios

Carlos Alves
Carlos Alves has been serious about art since he was a child and it shows in his passion for making things out of clay, glass, metal, salvaged artifacts, and recycled objects. drawing from his Cuban roots and his Miami, Florida upbringing, Carlos’ themes encompass love, hope, history, culture, politics, nature and a kinship with the sea. He graduated with an MFA from Illinois State University and a BFA, University of Miami and a scholarship to Scuola Lorenzo Di Medici in Florence Italy.
Alves kick-started his post-college career with a free flowing tile installation located on the floor and walls of the Art Center South Florida. The project eventually led to commissions by a number of public and private clients in the US, and from London, to Hong Kong.
Alves is now applying his artistry to large public and private artwork projects throughout the US and abroad. Located at The Palm Beach Court House, stands a 16’ Pineapple Sculpture on the Court House lawn as well as 6 tile murals and 10 benches depicting historical illustrations of Delray Beach. At the General Mitchell Airport Concourse “C” Floor, in Milwaukee Wisconsin there are 15 mosaic medallions from 3’to15’ in diameter placed throughout a 2000 sq. foot terrazzo floor designed by Carlos. An entry floor at Fire Station #21 in Los Angeles California, and recently completed a Public Art Project at the Video Visitation Center and Palm Beach Sheriffs Office in Palm Beach County, and Verde Garden in Homestead, Fl. Alves also enjoys projects with children and has accomplished many public artworks working with them. He feels that if his art works for kids then it really works. Impending is: The Dade County Children’s Courthouse. This project involves working with elementary school children to create the tiles. Carlos believes that creating public art requires striking a balance between personal expression and working within the parameters of the project. In his mind the artist needs to create a piece that can be appreciated by a wide range of people.
Carlos is currently working on a series of porcelain books that range from 3’ to 5’ in height of the Poems of Jose’ Marti and are in both Spanish and English. And as always there will always be his ongoing series of Blue Bananas!
JC Carroll
JC Carroll lives and works with her partner/ husband Carlos Alves in Miami, Florida. She is considered one of the original pioneers of South Beaches’ gentrification in the late 1980’s where she opened ART-ACT Performance Gallery. Having studied theater/ set design and fine art at the Wolfson Campus, FIU & interned at Coconut Grove Playhouse and Bellas Artes she opened ART-ACT to provide a space to further explore the burgeoning art scene of the time. ART-ACT brought to Miami Beach new and exciting artists like Tomata Du Plenty, and group shows from NYC’s Rivington School, COLAB, Ringling School & more. The theater concentrated on plays of great significance at the time, many based on Political/Civil/Gay rights and AIDS epidemic awareness holding countless fund raisers for the hopes of a cure. JC designed and created a majority of the set designs for these plays, and performed as well. The same values that went into the shows she produced goes into her visual art.
Ancient Arts

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With the motto that everything and everyone was an art form JC produced / edited ART-ACT TV on WLRN Cable Tap. A 30 min. weekly show highlighting the art scene, local and international, as well as many countless colorful personalities. Upon returning to Miami she produced & edited “Live Wire” the off spring of Andrew Delaplaines’ Wire Magazine. After moving to NYC, JC Continued acting in way off Broadway and experimental theater and exhibited art  in-group shows: Thompson Square, Soho, and CBGB Gallery primarily painting and sculpting.
She also co-produced Chatterbox Lounge, an Internet radio show at PSEUDO, based on the Neo~Swing music movement in the 90’s. She kept busy working art department gigs for videos/ catalogue/ showroom and special events. Throughout this time she continued to work with Carlos Alves when called in to assist on large scale Public Art Works. After years of this the two fell in love and JC moved back to Miami again in early 2000 and the two have continued to work together collaborating and creating massive public and private art-works and installations throughout the country and abroad. JC plans to devote more time to hot glass blowing and hopes to continue exploring this wonderful medium. JC Carroll is a true renaissance woman who is currently working on a cookbook of artist’s recipes. Carlos works as a team in many Public Art Projects with this partner and wife JC Carroll for over ten years. They live in Miami and when not traveling spend hours in their tropical species garden and cooking for friends and family in their beautiful  mosaic kitchen.

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