Totem for Light I (Carlos)

Carlos Betancourt, Totem for Light I (Carlos), 2009. Digital print. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from Barbara and Harvey Goldstein. © 2019 Carlos Betancourt

Carlos Betancourt’s artwork explores the ways people maintain their identity when they move to a new country and attempt to blend in with their adopted culture.

Betancourt uses digital photography and computer manipulation techniques to create opulent images of identity through place in rich, jewel-like tones.

“The overall culture of Puerto Rico shaped my early ideas of blending, layering, and mixing, as well as my profound love for nature.”
— Carlos Betancourt

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