Carlos de La Cruz

Mayan artist / tsotsil

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 1989.

The plastic and literary artist Carlos de La Cruz uses his hand in charcoal, pen, pastel, acrylic, watercolor and oil in an intimate work, focused above all on the portrait. 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 her precisely that innocent look 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 at these ages.

Collective exhibitions

  • Jna’tik jnatik (We miss our home), Corpus Christi, Mexico City, 2017.
  • CompArte, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, 2017.
  • Men of lightning, MUY Gallery, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, 2016.
  • Dark light, The City House Teaching, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, 2016.
  • and various solo exhibitions.

Festivals and event

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


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