Born and educated in Peru, Carlos Davila comes from a family of artists. After receiving his MFA from the National School of Fine Arts in Lima, he spent several years exhibiting in and traveling around Europe. Following a one-man exhibition at the Miami Museum of Art, Davila visited and then settled in New York City. He attended Pratt Graphic Center and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop while working from a studio in Greenwich Village. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. In 1978 Davila moved to Connecticut and now works from a loft at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
I have always been fascinated by ancient cultures, beginning with those in my native Peru and spreading to others the world over. The scientific accomplishments and inventions, the mathematical discoveries, the architecture and art, and the cuneiform and hieroglyphic writing of many disparate ancient cultures have been an ideal jumping-off point for my sculptures. There is a universality in making marks, and creating and exploring form.
I am equally fascinated by space travel and exploration and the science of the stars and universe. There are planes, lines, and forms in my work that suggest space craft, satellite trajectories, or computer circuitry. There is a machine-like quality to their appearance along with a timelessness.
Many of the sites of the world’s ancient cultures are deteriorating due to environmental forces, others are in peril due to war or clashing ideologies. My hope is to bring attention to the value that every past culture has to the present and the future of all of us. The universal goals of exploration of the world around us, the development of math and science, and the advancement of language and art are as true today as they were thousands of years ago.
NEST Arts Factory
Bridgeport, CT 06605