Carlos Cartaxo

Valladolid, Spain. 1978


Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Salamanca, year 2003. Lives and works in Madrid.

His work as a painter has been represented in various collective exhibitions in the national territory, including “No tags” at XF Proyectos, Madrid; “Grades, Edges” at HDT Gallery, Segovia; “Paper Languages ​​VIII”, Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid; “Line”, Pep Llabrés gallery, Mallorca; “High fidelity” at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche organized by the Martínez-Lloret collection and “60 years of geometry” at the Lonja de Calatrava with the Ars Citerior collection. In 2007 he received the International Plastic Arts Caravan Award, which led him to show his work in different cities such as Belgrade, Ohrid and New York.

Of his individual exhibitions, “Construction Models” stand out at the Pérez de la Riva Cultural Center, Madrid and “False Store Window” at Salmaia Spai Dárt, Altea. In these two exhibitions, his interest in going beyond the plane of the canvas, creating three-dimensional painted objects, is recognized. In the last five years he has continuously participated in the main fairs in the capital, such as Estampa, DrawingRoom, Art Madrid, JustMad and JustLX Lisboa.

In his profile as a curator and organizer of exhibitions, the exhibition created in tandem with Enrique Juncosa “The possible geometries” for the Odalys gallery, Madrid, where he also participates as an artist, stands out. Another exhibition was “Re-presentations” held at the Korean Cultural Center where he brought together several artists from the Madrid scene and artists from South Korea under the framework of the Artmadrid14 fair.

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The latest works that I am developing are characterized by the use of elementary structures of geometry, in the composition there can appear colored rectangular masses of various proportions, triangles and straight lines that make a balanced composition and that ultimately propose a search for shapes and colors purer, over wider color spaces. The color in my latest works is characterized by the use of fluorine tones in coexistence with other saturated and nuanced tones. The chromatism in my work also proposes to address concepts such as space, light and vibration.

The elements represented on the canvas are sometimes organized in the margins and others instead occupy the central spaces. All my composition exercises denote a direct link with the idea of ​​a grid, in turn the represented elements have right angles that are drawn in accordance with the support’s own parallel structures. All my recent works have a strong sense of balance achieved by the compensation of shapes and colors.

I intend to give my work a more analytical and complex conception as I have been approaching the purity and minimization of forms. The dogmas and foundations in my work are very recognizable, typical of the most popular abstract languages ​​of the 20th century, but that does not mean I lose faith in continuing to develop paintings that aim to generate a state of contemplation or pause in the viewer. of serenity or a meditation exercise.



  • “Re-Encuentro”, Materia Architecture and Design, Madrid
  • “Several Windows”, Pep Llabrés Gallery, Mallorca
  • “La Casa de Riedlingen”, Marimón Gallery, Mallorca
  • “Honor a la Forma”, ArtSur, Córdoba
  • “Un Objet, Une Joie de Vivre”, Majuelos Singulares, Valladolid
  • “False Store Window”, Salmaia Spai D’Art, Altea, Alicante
  • One Project Art Madrid15
  • “Modelos de Construcción”, Centro Cultural Pérez de la Riva, Madrid
  • “Pinturas como Objetos”, Espacio El Reino S, Madrid

Group shows

  • Encuentro. ARMA GALLERY, Madrid, Spain.
  • Estampa, October 2023. ARMA GALLERY, Marid, Spain.
  • ART MADRID, ARMA GALLERY, Madrid, Spain.
  • Festival Alart, Mallorca
  • “Where Art Meets Fashion”, Sala El Brocense, Cáceres
  • “Displace”, Encant Gallery, Menorca
  • XVII Edition of Art Madrid, Arena Martínez Projects, Madrid
  • “Distant Geometries”, Pep Llabrés Gallery, Mallorca
  • XXIX Edition of ESTAMPA, Pep Llabrés Gallery, Madrid
  • XXIX Edition of ESTAMPA, Arena Martínez Projects, Madrid
  • XXVIII Edition of ESTAMPA, Pep Llabrés Gallery, Madrid
  • CERCO, International Contemporary Ceramic Art Fair, Zaragoza
  • “No Tags”, XF Proyectos, Madrid
  • “La Palabra Maldita”, Corner Gallery & Studio, Madrid
  • “Group +1”, Pep Llabrés Gallery, Mallorca
  • “Identidades”, Madrid Design Festival, Studio Squina, Madrid
  • “Picnic: Connecting Peripheries”, Casa de Indias, Cádiz
  • “Nice to See You”, Corner Gallery & Studio, Madrid
  • JustLX Artfair, Corner Gallery & Studio, Lisbon
  • JustMad ArtFair, Pep Llabrés Gallery, Mallorca
  • “”, Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid
  • JustLX, Lisbon, Pep Llabrés Gallery, Mallorca
  • “Ecléctica”, Pep Llabrés Gallery, Mallorca
  • Drawing Room, Shiras Gallery, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
  • “Paper Languages VIII”, Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid
  • “Line”, Pep Llabrés Gallery, Mallorca
  • “High Fidelity”, Miguel Hernández University, Martínez-Lloret Collection, Elche
  • “Papers and Collages for Joan Valls”, ARS CITERIOR, La Lonja de Calatrava, Alcoy
  • “Grades, Edges”, Hdt Gallery, El Huerto del Tertuliano, Fuenteolmedo, Valladolid
  • JustMad Art Fair, Gema Llamazares Gallery, Madrid
  • “The Project”, Gema Llamazares Gallery, Gijón
  • Open Studio, Nave 6, Madrid
  • Las Cigarreras, Mardel Prize Selection, Alicante
  • One Project Section at Art Madrid Art Fair, Madrid
  • “Possible Geometries”, Odalys Gallery, Madrid
  • “60 Years of Geometry”, Ars Citerior Collection, University of Alicante
  • “60 Years of Geometry”, Ars Citerior Collection, La Lonja de Calatrava, Alcoy
  • El Cubo Soma, Seville
  • La Bañera Gallery, Madrid
  • UNIA Awards, Huelva
  • Ikas-Art Fair, Barakaldo
  • “Scholars 2009”, Faculty of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall, Madrid
  • “La Alhóndiga” Hall, Segovia
  • “Doctors II”, Faculty of Fine Arts, Madrid
  • “Doctors I”, Experimental Center of Art and Thought, Madrid
  • “Casa de Vacas”, Madrid
  • MC Gallery, New York
  • “Beograd” Gallery, Belgrade
  • Cultural Center “Delicias”, Valladolid
  • National Institution-Cultural Center “Gligor Prlicev”, Ohrid, Macedonia
  • National Institution-Cultural Center “Brakja Miladinovi”, Struga, Macedonia

Awards, Selections and Scholarships


  • Scholarship and Medal in Contemporary Painting Course at Palacio de Quintanar, Segovia


  • 2008 Research Grant “International Caravan of Plastic Arts”, Belgrade and Ohrid

Works in Museums and Collections

Colección La Escalera, Valencia

Colección Arena, Madrid

Fundación Venancio Blanco, Salamanca

Colección Diego Martínez, Elche

Colección Ars Citerior, Alicante

Fundación Antonio Pérez, Cuenca

Real Academia de San Quirce de Segovia

Diputación de Valladolid

Facultad de Bellas Artes, Salamanca

Ayuntamiento de Valladolid

Colección El Alcázar de Segovia

Fundación Santa María de Albarracín, Teruel

Centro Cultural de Ohrid, Macedonia

Galería MC, Manhattan, New York

Fundación Dearte, Soria