"My art attempts to capture all of the dark and maddening thoughts within ourselves. The parts of us we keep buried deep down. It is a reflection of not only the pain and trauma we carry within us but also the strength to fight it and carry on."
Carmen Rosa is a self taught Puerto Rican artist born in 1977. Raised with a father in the military she spent much of her young life moving throughout the different bases in the US and Germany. Her work consists of a collection of dark, illustrative paintings and sketches. As a night shift Respiratory Therapist, she has dealt with the dead and dying for many years. She has worked in all levels of hospital care from neonatal intensive care, to emergency rooms, trauma rooms and intensive care units. You can usually find her during downtime with her headphones on and sketchpad in hand. Listening to music and drawing for her is a way of de-stressing between the episodes of chaos that she sometimes faces in her line of work. These collections of sketches were what started her on her path as an artist. On her days off she began experimenting with acrylic and oil paints and hasn’t put the brush down since! She feels that her love for fantasy, science fiction and anime films along with working in healthcare have had an influence in her art. Some of her favorite art styles include pop surrealism and lowbrow, comic book art and art nouveau.
2017..........Solo Show, Flying Boat Brewing Co, St. Petersburg, Florida
2017..........Solo Show, Cigar City Brewing, Tampa Florida
2021..........My Beautiful, Dark Twisted Fantasy, City Arts Factory, Orlando, Florida
2020..........Untitled, an art show at Overflow Brewing Co, St Petersburg, Florida.
2019..........Untitled, an art show at Overflow Brewing Co, St Petersburg, Florida.
2018..........Untitled, an art show at 81 Bay Brewing, Tampa Florida.
2017..........Seige On Castle Black, an art show at Four Stacks Brewing, Apollo Beach Florida.
2017..........Martial Arts Show, an art show at Thai Purple Orchid Cafe and Grocery, Orlando Florida.
2016..........Dia de los Muertos & Monster Factory, City Arts Factory, Orlando Florida.
2016..........Transitions Art Show, Menaul Fine Art Gallery, Clearwater Florida.
2016..........Immersed Aquatic Art Show, City Arts Factory, Orlando Florida.
Mentions / Publications
2021..........The Power of Creativity, Documentary to be released Winter 2021. A series by Sheryl Carbonell & Molly Smith
2019..........Published in Diabolico II, Exploring the Realm of Dark Art. By Out of Step Books
2018..........Mentioned on the Social media pages of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine