Finding the Dominican Republic in the Paintings of Carlos Frias
Transplanting to the cooler climes of New Jersey has not diminished the passion and color in the paintings of Carlos Frias. A native of the Dominican Republic, Carlos attended the unique Altos de Chavón and went on to graduate from the rigorous and highly regarded Parsons School of Design in New York.
Collectors have responded with great enthusiasm to the complex layering of flora and fauna in Carlos’ compositions. His palette ranges widely from the neon yellow of Fondo Amarillo to the rich hues of rose and turquoise in Pan de Agua. Evoking the lushness of the Dominican landscape, Flora is a intriguing journey of color and form. Both Hormiga and Flora make use of a lace-like white overlay that seemingly floats above the densely colored canvas.
In addition to being a painter and printmaker, Carlos is a gifted musician and performer of bachata, a popular music genre in the Dominican Republic. He is a witty, intelligent, and sharply observant storyteller and has the joyous gift of combining these delightful personal attributes with a lively painting style.