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Carlos Brache

pan con timba

Cuban-American artist Carlos Brache creates work in which images and objects overlap. He employs a mix of representational and abstract techniques as layered and complex as his identities.

Carlos Brache. piso, 2020. Acrylic on vinyl. 4 x 9 feet
  • August 4 - 26, 2022
  • Opening: Thursday, August 4, 5:00 — 8:00pm

Relics and mementos help construct a scaffold of our fading past and tether our generational lineage. Floor tile motifs from his grandparent’s automobile dealership and other hallmarks work their way into Carlos Brache’s modern approach to vintage aesthetic as he ruminates on stories from a household that was no stranger to music, dancing, and food.

pan con timba, a reference to a simple sandwich that transcends the Cuban diaspora, examines the experience of cultural transference. Colors, patterns, images, and objects inspired by familial histories intersect, warp, and repeat. Brache’s reclaimed designs recognize ancestral hardships and reflect fond relationships in his search for belonging and becoming.

Themes of loss and continuation run parallel to his work as a medical professional in the field of organ donation and transplantation. By providing support to grieving families, he is privy to the memories and traditions they hold dear. Exploration into these deeply personal and meaningful recollections has made a profound impact on his creative practice, especially as he contemplates recent circumstances of loss within his own family.

About the Artist

Growing up in Southern California, Carlos Brache struggled to find his place between the America in which he was born and the Cuban culture in which he was raised. This dichotomy continues to inspire and inform his practice. Brache received both a BFA and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has been shown in galleries across Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, and is included in multiple private collections.