“I like to challenge the boundaries of art and my own boundaries of comfort. Even today my best work results from me pushing myself further and constantly developing and evolving my neo-abstract style. My work is personal and I wish for the viewer to develop their own individual experience with each of my pieces. I create art exhibits, shows because I want to encourage discussion and dialog. Everyone has a different interpretation of my work. Some can find it incredibly personal and connect it to events going on in their lives. Provocative art should especially foster debate. The very nature of art is intertwined and inseparable from freedom of expression.” – Carly Ivan Garcia
In the past few years, his work has been shown in numerous gallery solo’s around California and countless group shows all over the West coast. In December 2009, Garcia’s work was exhibited in Miami, Florida during Art Basel. He was featured in a group show for international emerging artists and collaborated with Graffiti Gone Global . Spring of 2010 the California Film Institute featured renowned artist, Carly Ivan Garcia together with the World Theatrical Premiere of Touching Home. Ten of his paintings are the focus art pieces in the full length feature film, starring Ed Harris. In June Garcia was invited to Chelsea, Manhattan by Tinca Art Inc. and the NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union) to be part of the group show Just Art 2010. The show focused on four major themes; Privacy, Censorship, Immigration and Reproductive Rights. Garcia chose to represent censorship in his work. In December 2010 Garcia was invited by Tinca Art NY to have a solo show in Miami Beach during Art Basel. Art Basel is a time for galleries to showcase their marquee talent for the new year. Tinca Art showcased a solo exhibit for the San Francisco based painter. In February 2011 Garcia presented a solo exhibit in Hollywood, Los Angeles. In addition, he participated in an exclusive group show at the Bradford Stewart Contemporary Art Center in Culver City CA to benefit Women’s Voices Now. In March 2011, Carly Ivan Garcia returned to New York City during Armory week to participate in Fountain Art Fair, in Chelsea Manhattan. An exhibit for avante garde artists.
Warholian, the San Francisco press based arts publication presented it’s first curated show, Warhol Reimagined: The New Factory at Project One Gallery, representing some of the best talent in the country from March – April 2011. Garcia was honored with his fourthsoloand first in in San Francisco. The well received exhibit “Citizen Garcia” opened at Driftwood Art Salon in San Francisco. Chicago the International Beethoven Project presented The Beethoven Festival that ran in September. Carly’s Neo-Abstract rendition of a Beethoven Portrait was chosen as the image to represent the entire music/art festival. At this very prestigious exhibit Garcia’s work received incredible exposure, as mentioned in the Chicago Tribune and to the Chicago Urban Arts Society. Pacific Standard Time Weekend for the big west coast art premiere in Los Angeles to present a solo show at Fountain Art Fair that was well embraced. Garcia in addition to displaying his work was also co-curator in the Street Art Mural. A collaborated 100 ft long mural was created that included world renowned muralists. The outcome was a great success and the L.A. press took note saying, ” Garcia was on another level.” participate in Pongtopia! Art in New York City held at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, November to benefit charity and education. Garcia’s art sold opening night helping to raise 25,000 that weekend. In the final month of 2011, Garcia participated in an eclectic group show of avante garde artists who push the lines of society and creativity, in Miami. Garcia did well moving his Neo-Abstract paintings artist Carly is, “looking forward to a big 2012.”
“Carly’s contemporary, neo-modern abstract works incorporate an urban language that appeals to modern society. His colorful, expressive and bold style Carly’s works pioneers a new direction in abstract art, his works are illustrated by multilayers of shapes, bold strokes and sketches that pull the viewer into a vortex of dynamism and color.” – Terra Firma Gallery, 2012
“[Garcia's] work is alive, there is a free-style to his painting that inspires good vibrations and happiness. He constructs landscapes of modernity with a gallant use of thick paint.” – TincaArt.com, February 1, 2010 NY
“Carly Ivan Garcia (CIG) also is a respected curator in the San Francisco arts community. Overall though, his work stands out in a world of contemporary art overload. Carly Ivan Garcia is most definitely a breath of fresh air in the world of abstract art.” – Warholian.com
“Carly Ivan Garcia is a prolific artist as well as a creative visionary who knows no bounds. The colorful abstract expressions that make up his artwork convey human emotion, behavior and thought which surpass any art seen as of yet.” – DigInMag.com
CLIENTS / PRIVATE COLLECTORS
Tully Hedley – Hedleys Inc.
John Leo – Co founder of Fountain Art Fair
Catinca Tabacaru – Curator and Art Consultant, New York
Laurence Gartel – American Artist, “Father of digital art”
Ed Harris – American Actor, writer and director
Foster City Marketing Firm
Linda Spohler – The Spohler Foundation Inc.
Sharam Bijan – San Francisco and Marin County Restaurateur
Eric Fogle – Founder of Colorbender Art Torrington, Wyoming
Denise Kelly – Gallery director/Management, Hawaiian Islands
Christine Breit – Director of Resident Services Oakland, Ca
Christine Rheinhardt – Associate Director of Development , San Francisco Ca
Aness Pongi – Jewelry By The Bay owner
Joey Gross – ArtNowSF CEO / Founder
Logan and Noah Miller – Filmmakers
Jeremy Zajonc – Producer Danielle Molinski Gallery director