Carlos de la Cruz

Mayan/Tsotsil artist

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México, 1989.

The visual and literary artist Carlos de La Cruz uses charcoal, pen, pastel, acrylic, watercolor and oil in an intimate work, focused above all on portraits. The familiarity and intimacy through which he presents the themes of everyday life, derived from the sensitive relationship between the artist and his environment.

In Carlos’s words, “painting has become (his) love, (his) lover and (his) loneliness.”

His work covers all formats, including the development of mural painting in the community schools of Los Altos de Chiapas, where he carries out his work as a pedagogue. His work with the children of the Tseltal community has given him precisely that innocent point of view and at the same time a criticism typical of his brush. Carlos captures some typical moments of the childhood daily life of these peoples, loaded with a reflection on adult responsibility in the importance of dreams, empathy, innocence or the future.

Group exhibitions 


  • Arts without borders, Brea King Borders, or CompArte Festival, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.


  • Illustrator of publications of the Chiapas writers Luis Antonio Rincón García, Armando Sánchez and Josías G. López.

Artworks from Carlos de la Cruz's catalogue