Carolina McCall

I am a painter, celebrating the rich colors and patterns of indigenous peoples with my vividly colored oil paintings

I have always drawn and painted, and I remain enthralled by the act of painting itself, moving sensuous color around, creating space, form and visual excitement. I work mostly in oils. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and have practiced and exhibited my work in both the United States and Mexico. I have only recently moved to Santa Cruz, where I paint at the 17th Avenue Studios. I am excited about the art world here.

I have lived in an indigenous village on the Pacific coast of Mexico for much of the past 25 years. This has been wonderful for my art, inspiring a rich color palette and culturally interesting imagery. My recent series of paintings, for example, is based on the vivid colors and patterns in the weavings and embroidery of the Mayas. I visit them often in southern Mexico and the highlands of Guatemala, celebrating their art and culture with my oil paintings.

My Artist Resume:


Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin, 1968.

M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Services and Sociology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 1985.

Exhibits and Shows:

Open Studios, 2012, Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.                                 

Featured Artist, Santa Cruz County Government Center June 4 – August 15, 2012, Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.

Spring Show, May 5 and 6, 2012, 17th Avenue Studios, Santa Cruz, CA.

Featured Artist, Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, February – April, 2012.

Solo Exhibition, Skyland Community Church, Los Gatos, CA, October – December, 2011.

Open Studios 2011, Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.

Spring Show, May 21 and 22, 2011, 17th Avenue Studios,

   Santa Cruz, CA.

Galleria Uno, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 1996 – 1999.

Galleria Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 1995.

Solo Exhibition, Villa Montalvo Art Center, Monte Sereno, CA, 1970. 


Distinction and Excellence in the Arts, International Biannual Online Arts Competition, October 2011.