Carlos Perez Vidal was born in Cuba. From an early age, he excelled in storytelling collage, drawing, sculpture and installations of an eclectic mysticism. As a teenager, he joined the famous San Alejandro Academy. As a talented student, he developed the formal skills that he has been using during his fertile innovative and prolific career. After San Alejandro, he graduated with honors and obtained the first prize of the graduated thesis from the ENAP, National School of Fine Arts, and from the ISA, Superior Art Institute of Havana, Cuba. Carlos was a pivotal part of the change makers during the radical movement of New Cuban Art that has been known as Cuban Art Renaissance, that started in 1988 with the visit of Robert Rauschenberg to Havana. He was also a founding member of the dissident art group La Campana (The Bell Art Project). His passion for the wisdom of ancestral cultures, drove him to study anthropology, the biblical heritage of the world, the middle-aged alchemy and the cosmogonic rites of the universe. This vast knowledge has marked and inspired his work, showing how those multicultural legacies have an influence on our actual lives. He currently lives in Florida.
2015- Solarium, Sculptures, Paintings, Installations and Ready-Combines, Buzz Art Project, Vero Beach Art District, December. 2014-2015- Arcarium, Shadow Boxes, Series of Ready-Combines: Sculptural Objects, Conceptual Parables and Paintings, using natural pigments, soil, clay and charcoal on papyrus, Gallery Orange Contemporary, New Orleans, October - January. 2012- Philosopharium, Installations, Paintings and Sculptural Objects, Ta Project Gallery, Bird Road Art District, Miami, July – August. 2010- Breve Pinacoteca Romanica Tropical, Paintings, Retablos, Drawings and Installations, Museo del Arte, Sitges, Barcelona, November-December. Live Mural-Performance "PicassoLamdia" during the opening. 2009- Symbolicarium, Paintings, Retablos, Installations and Photographs, World Art Projects, Vero Beach, Florida, Catalogue, September. 2008- Carlos Perez Vidal Recent Works, Sanmartin Art Contemporani, Barcelona, January. 2007- Time as Metaphor, Installations, Paintings, Video Art and Live Performance, Eight Modern, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 20 – August 26. 2004- Mythologica, Recent Works, Installations, Paintings and Sculptures. Joey Falcone Gallery, Rhode Island, October. 2002- El Tiempo Vencido, Installations at Feng Shui Building, Miami, April. 2001- Recent Works, Paintings and Installations, El Hueco Gallery and Workshop, Miami, July. 1999- Desert as Metaphor, Florida Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada, July. 1998- Natural Accent, Installations, Paintings and Performance, Mitchell Gallery, Burbank, Los Angeles, California, November. 1997- Into the Wall, Reynardus-Moya-Vidal Art Collection, New York City, February. 1996- Vidal’s World, Alternative Space Gallery, West New York, New Jersey, December. 1993- Vae Victis, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba, January. 1990- Con mucha inocencia (With Too Much Innocence), Join project with artist Lázaro Estrada (Tabaquito), Wifredo Lam Gallery, Holguin, Cuba. 1987 - Formas y Actitudes de Confrontacion (Forms and Attitudes of Confrontation), Vicente Garcia Museum, Las Tunas, Cuba. 1985- Trilogía del Espíritu Material del Hombre (Trilogy of the Material Spirit of Man), Provincial Center of Visual Arts and Design, Luz y Oficios, Havana, Cuba. 1985- Instalaciones (Installations), Joint project with artist Oscar Aguirre, Las Tunas Art Gallery, Cuba. 1984 - Imitación de la Vida (Imitation of Life), Las Tunas Art Gallery, Cuba.
2017- Moving Sings. Raw Space. Vero Beach. FL. USA 2017- Art Fair Malaga, Spain, June 2017. 2017- The Makers of Change, Raw Space, Florida, March. 2016- Green’s Actions (Pinturas y Acciones Verdes), Green Space, Munich, Germany, September. 2015- Art Basel, Spectrum, Miami, December. 2015- Talking about the Constellations, Installations, Paul Fisher Gallery, West Palm Beach, October. 2015- Arcarium, Shadow Boxes, Gallery Orange Contemporary, New Orleans, Oct. 2014 – January. 2014- Art Basel, Spectrum, Miami. 2013- Art Basel, Red Dot, Miami. 2012- Art Basel, Miami. 2012- Collective Project, Intrepid Art Gallery, Vero Beach, Florida, May. 2011- International Art Exhibition in Art Basel at 1800 Gallery, Miami, November – December. 2011- Art House, Intrepid Art Gallery, Vero Beach, Florida, August. 2011- BASE PAINT: The Auction, Art opens doors of hope for a new Haiti, IDEOBOX ARTSPACE, Wynwood, Miami, May 25 to June 30. www.basepaint.org 2011- Colectiva, Deadalus Art Project, Bird Road Art District, Miami, April. 2011- Group Show, Deadalus Art Project, Bird Road Art District, Miami, March. 2011- Faces 100 Cuban Artists, Exhibition and Auction, Freedom Tower, Miami, February. 2010- Five Poems of the Earth and a Fairy Tale, a group exhibition, curated by Silvia Medina, 1090 Gallery, Vero Beach, Florida, June 12 – July 20. 2010- Brief History of Tradition, Solo Exhibition by Manuel Martinez Ojea, guest artist Carlos Perez Vidal, curated by Silvia Medina, 1090 Gallery, Vero Beach, Florida, March – April. 2010- Colectiva Avant-Garde, An exhibition of international artists from 1980s to the present, 1090 Gallery, Vero Beach, Florida, March 6 – April 3. 2010- Faces 100 Cuban Artists, Photographs by Carlos Manuel Cardenes, curated by Jorge Luis Gutierrez, presented by Miami Dade College at Freedom Tower, Miami, April 8 – June 5. 2010- Merrill Lynch: Arteamericas, The Latin American International Art Fair. Faces: 100 Cuban Artists, Photographs by Carlos Manuel Cardenes, curated by Jorge Luis Gutierrez, Miami Beach Convention Center, March 25 – 29. 2008 - Merrill Lynch: Arteamericas, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami Beach Convention Center, March 28 – 31, 2008. 2007 - Waiting List: Time and Transition in Contemporary Cuban Art, City Art Museum Ljubljana, Slovenia, December 2006 – January. 2006 - Exhibition: Lost in Translation by Artists Carlos P. Vidal and Juan-Sí, Text by Irina Leyva-Pérez, Miami. 2007 - Killing Time: An exhibition of Cuban Artists from the 1980s to the present, Exit Art, New York, May 12- July 28. (Exhibition and Performance) 2007 - Merrill Lynch: Arteamericas, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami Beach Convention Center, March 16 – 18. 1997 - Contemporanea, The Art Exhibition at The Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, November. 1996- The Cuban-American Art Exhibit, Cannon Building Gallery, Washington D.C., May. 1995- Children Without a Country, The Promenade Room Gallery, Miami Beach, Fred Snitzer-Curator. Frederick Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida, sponsored by the Willy Chirino Foundation, March. 1995- La Boheme Fine Art, Ransom, Exhibition and Performance by Artists: Aldito Menéndez, Pedro Vizcaíno, Carlos P. Vidal and Juan-Si, Coral Gables, Florida, July. 1992- Nacido en Cuba (Born in Cuba), Modern Art Museum, State of Mexico, December.
Proyecto Nacional de Arte Ecológico en Arena. Curated and Designed of the Project by Carlos P. Vidal, Playa Punta de Corella, Puerto Padre, Cuba.
Salón Nacional de Premiados. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Editions: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992, Havana, Cuba.
1990- El Objeto Esculturado, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba, May – July. 1990- Plástica Viva, Centro Provincial de Artes Visuales, Las Tunas, October. 1989- Presentación del Proyecto La Campana, Encuentro Nacional de la Plástica (A. H. S.), Pinar del Río, March. 1990- Coloquio Nacional de la Crítica de las Artes Plásticas (A. H. S.), Las Tunas, December. 1990- Performance: Concierto de la Redención, Biblioteca Elvira Cape, Santiago de Cuba.
In August and September of 1989 he participated in The International Symposium of Marble Sculpture in Danilovgrad, Montenegro, Yugoslavia.
1988- Malerei und grafika us Kuba, Zentrum fur Kunstausstellungen, Berlin, Germany, January – February. 1988- Exposición Nacional de Jóvenes Escultores, II Simposio Internacional de Escultura "BACONAO' 88", curated by Luisa Marisy, Galería de Arte Universal, Santiago de Cuba, March. 1998- Invitado al Consejo Nacional de Artistas de la Asociación Hermanos Saíz, Palacio de las Convenciones, Havana, Cuba. 1988- Coloquio Nacional de la Crítica Artística, Havana, May. 1987- Pintura Cubana Actual, Galería Senda, Barcelona, Spain. 1987- Art Havana in Tokyo, Japan. 1986- Pintura Contemporanea Cubana. Itinerant Exhibition, Curated by Magalis Oliveros, Ministerio de Cultura de Cuba in Galleries of Checoslovaquia and Germany. 1986- Salón Nacional de la Asociación Hermanos Saíz dentro de las Exposiciones de la II Bienal de La Habana, Casa del Jóven Creador, Havana, Cuba. 1984- Salón Cultura Ambiental de la Revolución Cubana, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Luz y Oficios, curated by Augusto Rivero Mas, Havana, Cuba. 1984- Exposición Colectiva "Experimentum", Teatro Karl Marx, Havana, Cuba. 1983- II Salón Nacional Juvenil, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba. 1982- Exposición en saludo al 165 Aniversario de la Fundación de la Academia de Arte "San Alejandro", Galería San Alejandro, Havana, Cuba.
La Campana Projects and Exhibitions in the Avant-Garde and Cuban Renaissance Movement of 1980s, Proyectos del Grupo Independiente La Campana:
1993- Metáfora del Éxodo (Metaphor of the Exodus), Carlos P. Vidal Residence, Vedado, Havana, Cuba, February. 1992- La Misión (The Mission), Exhibition and Performance, Galeria Convento San Juan de Letrán, Havana, Cuba, June. 1990- Jaque Mate, (A Puertas Abiertas), Art process, Paintings and Performance, House-Art-Laboratory, La Campana Studio, Cuba, July. 1989- Quo Vadis, Cuba? Performance and Installations, Park at H and 21 Streets, Vedado, Havana, December 23. 1989- Los Siglos no se Olvidan, Las Tunas Art Gallery, Cuba, December. 1989- La Campana: Solución Cristiana (The Bell: Christian Solution), San Jerónimo Church Gallery, Las Tunas, Cuba, September. 1989- Solución IV: Académica (Solution IV: Academic), Exhibition and Performance, Vicente Garcia Museum, Las Tunas, Cuba, May. 1989- Solución III: Institucional (Solution III: Institutional), Guillermo Nogueira Gallery, Las Tunas, Cuba, January. 1988- Luz Verde (Green Light), Exhibition and Performance, Center for Visual Arts Las Tunas, Cuba, November. 1988- Project # 1: La Vidriera, Exhibition and Performance at La Campana store and street, Las Tunas, Cuba, September.
1992- National Award of Small Format Sculpture, National Triennial of Small Format Sculpture. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales in Havana, for his work: Quo Vadis, Elephant? one of the four Cuban Consignments to the International Triennial of Small Format Sculpture in Budapest, Hungary. The Jury's Prize. 1992- National Prize of Installation. National Salon of Awards. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. In where his large-scale installation: “Theory and Practices of Happiness” was The Jury’s Prize. 1991- Grand Prize, “Jose A. Diaz Pelaez” Award for Sculpture Installation, Salón La Plástica en Abril, Las Tunas, Cuba. 1990- First Prize in Cartel (Graphic Design), Salon of the Saíz Brother Association, The Jury's Prize. 1990- The Jury's Painting Special Prize, Regino E. Boti National Salon, Guantánamo, Cuba. 1989- National Laureat of Visual Arts, Casa del JovenCreador, Saíz Brother Association, Havana, Cuba. 1988- Prize in Painting, Salón de la Ciudad, Vicente Garcia Museum, Las Tunas, Cuba. The Jury's Prize. 1988- National Prize, Environmental Sculpture Project for Expocuba, Havana, Cuba. 1987- Juan Cristóbal Nápoles Fajardo “El Cucalambe” Medal awarded by Ministry of Culture, Cuba. 1986- Prize in Installation, Salón Guernica of the Saíz Brothers Association, Las Tunas, Cuba, 1986, 1987, and 1989 editions. 1986- Prize in Painting, Salón La Plástica en Abril, Las Tunas, Cuba. 1985- First Prize in Sculpture and Installation, Salón of Thesis of the National School of Fine Arts (ENAP), Havana, Cuba. 1985- Prize in Installation, Salón La Plástica en Abril, Las Tunas, Cuba, 1985 - 1991 editions. 1984- Mención Nacional de Escultura. Bienal de Pequeño Formato de Escultura, Las Tunas, Cuba.