Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez portrait - Photo by Pete Pabon

Carlos Mare /   Carlos Rodriguez

United States 1965

Graffiti, Sculpture, Painting

Carlos Mare
Carlos Rodriguez
United States
October 25, 2015
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Carlos Rodriguez, also known as Carlos Mare, Mare193 or Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez, is an American graffiti artist, painter and sculptor, best known for his works in subway graffiti and metal sculptures.
Born in 1965, Mare grew up in East Harlem (previously called Spanish Harlem) in Upper Manhattan, New York. Like many of his contemporaries, Carlos was also a part of a group who created subway graffiti in the 70s and 80s, when this trend reached its peak. This was also a period of his career when he produced some of the most famous pieces under a pseudonym Mare (short for Nightmare). Carlos created side by side with renowned artists such as Dondi White, Noc167, Kel First, Crash and Kase2, to name a few. Mare’s passion for contemporary art enabled him to change and perfect his own writing style.

Get-Up State Festival

Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez - Get-Up State Festival, Ithaca, NY, 2013 - Copyright Mamboso website
Mare139 – Get-Up State Festival, Ithaca, NY, 2013

In 1985, Carlos produced a metal sculpture which had the letter K. With it, the artist made his breakthrough in the art of sculpture. He subsequently produced a series of larger sculptures, where he still employed his signature lettering style. Although in Mare’s later works, a move towards the more convoluted styles of Futurism and Cubism are noticeable, he still stayed true to his graffiti-influenced letters.
Rodriguez was commissioned to design the award for BET (short for Black Entertainment Television Awards), given every year to music artists, actors and athletes. Some of the most prominent people in the entertainment industry have received it, including the Academy Award winners Halle Berry and Denzel Washington, and many multiple-Grammy-Award winners such as Beyonce and Jay Z. In 2006, the sculptor received a Webby for the design of the website for the documentary Style Wars.
Carlos finished his residency at Brighton University in the UK in 2008, with the project called FreeStyle Archityper. The installation included the sculpture and many of his previous pieces.

Sans Titre

Carlos Mare - Sans Titre, 2013 - Courtesy of David Bloch Gallery
Carlos Mare – Sans Titre, 2013

Carlos’ sculptural pieces have been highly praised by critics, and have been featured in numerous shows and exhibitions in the US, Europe and Australia. Today, he writes and teaches about the history and development of urban art in NYC. He is represented by David Bloch Gallery based in Marrakech, Morocco.

Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez currently resides and works in New York City.

Featured image by Pete Pabon
Artwork images are courtesy of the artist and David Bloch Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Trophy ArtAzart Gallery, New YorkGroup
2014Language of the WallPera Museum, IstanbulGroup
2013Unfolding: Agents of ChangeDavid Bloch Gallery, MarrakechGroup
2012Futurism 2.0Blackall Studios, LondonGroup
2012Art is StudyPratt Institute, USSolo
2012Streets of the WorldOpera Gallery, New YorkGroup
2012New York City KingsRTist Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2011Structural InterventionsThe Collective, MiamiSolo
2011Carlos MareCarrack Modern, NCSolo
2011Group ShowEl Museo del Barrio Street Files Biennal, New YorkGroup
2011Martha Cooper: RemixCarmichael Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2010Art in the StreetsMOCA, Los AngelesGroup
2010FreeStyle Archityper 2Raw Space Gallery, New YorkSolo
2009B-Lines b-Boy Drawings and SculptureFifty8 Gallery, New JerseySolo
2009Reflections on StylewritingLongwood Art Gallery, New YorkSolo
2009Tag au Grand PalaisThe Grand Palais, ParisGroup
2009All that Glitters is GoldMcCaig-Welles Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008FreeStyle ArchityperBrighton University of Art, EnglandSolo
2008The Drawing HandMagda Danysz Gallery, ParisGroup
2008The Piece ProcessAnonymous Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008Graffiti: Spirit of an AgeLongwood Art Gallery, New YorkGroup
2008Nancy Victor Christmas ShowNancy Victor Gallery, LondonGroup
2007Backjumps: The Live Issue 3Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, BerlinGroup
2007The Walls Belong to UsPowerhouse Arena, New YorkGroup
2006Hip Hop Don’t You Stop (with Martha Cooper)Abrons Art Centre, New YorkDuo
2006No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn: A Powerhouse Hip Hop RetrospectivePowerhouse Arena, New YorkGroup
2006Outsides projectWuppertal, GermanyGroup
2001Renaissance 2001 ExhibitionNYCUEM, New YorkGroup