carlos de la cruz

Carlos de La Cruz

Painter and poet

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, 1989

His profession as a rural primary-school teacher largely influences Carlos de la Cruz’ work, an artist from Zinacantan and a Tsotsil-speaking artist. He therefore deeply focuses and depicts young children from the communities in the highlands of Chiapas.

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A self-taught artist, de la Cruz was early recognized in school competitions and, later, in those of the Chiapas state Indigenous Culture Institution (CELALI).

De la Cruz has mastered techniques using charcoal, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, as well as pastels.  He portrays the pathos of material want, as well as the dignity and the magnificence of millennial culture juxtaposed with nature.

Many of his works also focus on dreams, innocence, yearning, and empathy. Simultaneously, his work raises awareness about the destructive role adults can play economically, politically, socially, and environmentally. De la Cruz often accompanies his graphic work with verse in Spanish and Tsotsil.