CARLOS PARDO Carlos Pardo painter Spain  






Ferrol, Spain


In my imaginary urban landscapes there are overlaid elements of towns I've visited, some imagined, and maybe dreamed, but all with a unique feminine soul. The Town is a mother, lover, or daughter of the actions, dreams and passions of those who dwell in them or recall them in the distance. It is an idea in which wander those who have been caught up in its infinite labyrinth.

In recent years the influence of technology in everyday life has changed the relationships between people and our way of thinking forever.

My latest works reflect some aspects of this new coexistence in different levels of reality that is conditioning the daily life of our time.

I propose a trip through the Town, seen from the traveller's point of view, through his own experiences, recollections and dreams. I invite you to walk through the roads of this town, always unreal and often so close to us, so that you can bring to it your own view - the most important element. Transcend the limits of what is evident, help to build it, even though you only know that you have been here and have felt it.

New works will see the light, born out of other journeys and experiences.

I think that since Art is an activity essentially human, it is difficult to separate it from thinking and feelings, form our own life.


"As an astronaut amid so many people" Carlos Pardo 2018



0556 "Street by night" Carlos Pardo She on sundays 2016 Carlos Pardo


Carlos Pardo painter Spain



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Impressed at Torre del Mangia, Sienna Italy August 2001.

Impressed at Torre del Mangia, Sienna Italy August 2001.



Artistically autodidact, Self-taught in the artistic field. Since I was able to hold a pencil in my hand, naturally for me, I have always been passionate about drawing and I have felt attraction for painting and in general all the Arts.

I've made drawings and sketches, or my own comic characters as far as I can remember but I start painting in 1998 . I currently use oil painting, though part of his work is based on a mixed technique, tempera, acrylic on paper, cardboard, wood or canvas.

I´ve exhibited my works mainly in Galician cities and Madrid (Spain) and in the north of Portugal. In collective exhibitions I participated in Caritarte for several years (end of charity and Solidarity) or at the FAIM Independent Art Fair in Madrid.

In January 2000 I opened my first personal website (... just only 28 works). June 2004 I opened my studio, sharing a floor with other painters. In 2011 I moved and established my own studio in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

My works are present in private collections both in Spain and abroad: Malta, Belgium, Argentina, France, Norway, Austria, Portugal, United States, Sweden or Singapore.

For years, aware of the great impact of social networks, I am present in: Theartstack, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram ...

It is not easy to stay on the road but growing day by day.

Open to new projects, commissions and collaborations with galleries in Spain and other countries.







What are your sources of inspiration?

 I have to say that concious and unconcious perceptions, my background, all circunstances of my life, past and present, booksand newspapers that I read, films…feelings, emotions and a fertile imagination sometimes, all them aid to weave a story that will change alongside the execution of a piece.
I have also to admit that the transcendent and oniric themes entered and remain in my artwork. I invite and allow the viewer to imagine and interpretate, I wish they translate the images to their own intimate world and feel free to build and complete the stories. It’s just a goal of communication I'm chasing for years.

It seems that there are references to non-tangible dimensions, other worlds perhaps?

In my opinion our tradition, for thousands of years, the Arts, including supposedly realistic works or purely abstract, reflect the vision of a trascendent life beyond our tangible life This vision enriches the conception of Humanity and gives the arts a multiplicity of motifs to explain the life of humans from conception. The harvest of masterpieces in all arts reflecting a non-real dimension is hard to measure, specially their influence in our Culture.
 All these elements, oniric, fruits of imagination, myths, legends, the religious ones, the alternate to reality… are present in my artwork, sometimes they are hardly suggested.


Your art work reflects the human being in an urban context not identifiable with concrete cities, why?

Unreal cityscapes let us a special kind of plasticity. The imagination and feelings are active agents that are modeling the perceptible reality. We can choose to make buildings, streetlights,clouds on coulored skys to become alive entities with soul and feelings. We are not alone in the painting. They are watching us and living in other dimension of time and space. As we are material corps we share the time and the space. As we are also inmaterial entities, our souls and imagination share at time intangible worlds with other souls, ideas and conceptual creations.


Do you start from a previous sketch? How do you develop the creation process?

I just only can say that in the begining, when I begin to draw and paint, I usually have not idea about what I will show on the surface. Some shadow on surface, one trial mark of paint or pencil invites to the next one to come to life. The relationship between some of these little elements determines the existence of a possible form. In other part of the canvas or board the same process could be happen. Certain insecure or absence  of knowledge of the final result are necessary for undertaking some enterprises.

Of course the will of continue and will to finish the painting, some day in the future, are also required. This, until the main and secondary ideas of the painting are defined, usually decelerates the progression of work. This factor lets take time for oxygen, some new, complementary and alternative ideas may enter in play. The painting is an idea in evolution and needs to take breath. At the same time other works are in gestation in other canvases or just in my mind.


And those ideas are flowing and changing constantly?

Each painting requires to the painter to stay in the story that I’ve told. Some mental preparation to begin the journey is needed. I observe and scrutinize the state of the work during some minutes in front of the canvas. I have to immerse myself on that. A part of work is to do it several times a day. Even if I am walking in the street, traveling or in bed the images of that painting and other come to my mind. A painting is an idea in permanent evolution, even though I consider it finished. For me to paint it is not a manual but mental work. Both of them but mainly the second.

And the ideas are the bricks of the stories you tell, don't are they?

Yes really, this way the story is essential in the core of my paintings.  Therefore for me is necessary to analyze colours, intensity, proportions, figures, composition, etc because I make all conditional on the story or main theme that I wish to express.





  Critics about Carlos Pardo's artwork
"Artists can no more speak about their work, than plants can speak about horticulture." Jean Cocteau Artist

"Carlos is a prolific artist, with dozens of paintings reminiscent of Spanish sunsets. These are romantic cityscapes with an edge of intelligence, dramatic emotions painted with coolness. His perspective is often from a distance, rendered with watery shapes and warm colors -- his work is perfect for salons and cafes around the world. Carlos' work was recently featured in a solo show at CafeTeArte in Madrid".

Katherine Benke
Art Consultant, Insight Art Connection. Colorado USA
Thursday, September 20, 2007



Carlos Pardo's painting shows us a figurative, though speculative, form of expression in which the town, the real protagonist of his paintings, becomes an autonomous plastic element, surreal and metaphysical. Its anonymous inhabitants, and especially its mysterious women, are part of its hectic movement or are silent, dazed spectators of its enormity; they are part of the spell.

The forms are distorted by emotion, the use of arbitrary colours mainly warm ones, a free brush stroke which does not renounce to some decorativism (Art-Deco stream), the asymmetry, some times the darkness and at other times the light backgrounds, or the intentional playing with spaces... they remind us of influences like Bosch, El Greco or Goya or others closer to us, like Romanticism, (Friedrich), Modernism (Ramón Casas, Klimt), Fauvism and Expressionism. Using these as starting points, the artist creates his own language, which is in constant development through research and evolution.

M. Vázquez Critics & Soul




"The Traveling Yeti" Prestigious alternative magazine from Ohio, EE.UU. April issue 2010 Review about my artwork.

Carlos Pardo at The Traveling Yeti

Magazine of Art-Logopress December 9, 2008:"Galician Carlos Pardo shows its magical cities". Cafetearte
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Logopress, Spanish Art News Magazine
La Región, Ourense, (Spain)
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  Diario de Arousa, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra, (Spain) Exposición de Carlos Pardo en el Diario de Arousa 11 Nov 2007 316k      
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