Carlos Barberena is a Contemporary Nicaraguan Printmaker best known for his satirical relief prints and the use of images from pop culture, as well as from political and cultural tragedies.


Barberena has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The United States of America, his work also has been shown in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries and Cultural Centers around the world. 

He has received various awards, most notably the “National Printmaking Award 2012” given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture in Managua, Nicaragua; - Second Prize Winner - in the "9th Annual Art Competition" at the Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago; “Parchemin d’Honneur”, 8 Triennale Mondial de l’Estampe et de la Gravure Originale, AMAC, Chamalieres, Auvergne, France, "Revueltas Award" for Visual Arts 2019, Pilsen Fest, Chicago, and the award- poster for the Ecology and Human Rights in Banana Plantations in Costa Rica, given by GEBANA in Berlin, Germany.

Barberena’s work is included in numerous public and private collections among them:

- AMAC – Galerie d’Art Contemporain. - The Triennial Prints Cabinet - Chamalieres, France.

- Benson Latin American Art Collection - The University of Texas at Austin, TX. USA.

- Bibliotheca Alexadrina. - Permanent Art Collection - Alexandria, Egypt.

- Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita. Taller de Formación y Producción Gráfica, Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, México.

- Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Fort Wayne, IN. USA.

- Galería Nacional. Centro Costarricense de Ciencia y Cultura, Museo de los Niños. San José, Costa Rica.

- George Fox University Art Collection - Brandt Fund Purchase -.Newberg, OR. USA.

- International Exlibriscentrum. Stedelijke Musea, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

- Kyoto International Woodprint Association (KIWA). Kyoto, Japan.

- Latino Cultural Art Center (LCAC) Denver, CO. USA.

- Loyola University Museum of Art  (LUMA). Chicago, IL. USA.

- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo “Julio Cortázar” Sala Latinoamericana, INC, Managua, Nicaragua.

- Museo Fundación Ortíz-Gurdián. - Colección de Arte Contemporáneo - Casa Deshon, León, Nicaragua.

- Museu do Gravura Douro. - Douro Printmaking Biennial Collection - Alijo, Portugal.

- Museum of Texas Tech University - Artist Printmaker Research Collection -. Lubbock, TX. USA

- National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago, IL. USA.

- University of Colorado at Boulder. - Special Collection - Boulder, CO. USA

- Whitney Museum of American Art / Special Collection. New York, NY. USA.

- Wheaton College Art Collection. Wheaton, IL. USA.

- York College Permanent Art Collection. York College, York, PA. USA.

Currently Barberena lives and works in Chicago where he runs his Printmaking Project Bandolero Press