was born in Salto, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 30, 1964. I lived in this small town for 18 years until I moved to Buenos Aires City to comply with mandatory military service. After 14 months of being in the Air Force, I stayed in Buenos Aires and enrolled in the University of El Salvador to pursue a degree in Political Science. I graduated in 1989 and moved to Mexico. I traveled through that beautiful country for a while until I decided to come to the United States, where I now live.
In 1991, I married my wife of 17 years, Sara Tarbox. We have two beautiful children, Josephina born in 1994 and Charlie born in 2000. We now live in Mill Valley, California. The year I married Sara, I also started working at Pane e Vino, a popular Italian restaurant in San Francisco. I joined as a busboy and later became a waiter. Years went by and then I was promoted to manager. A few years later I became the general manager and partner of the restaurant.
For many years life was about taking care of the family, the children and the restaurant. In 2003, after experiencing personal and family changes I started painting. I went to the garage of my house and spent several days there working on my first painting: “Emotions in motion”, a vast moving ocean with an intense blue sky.
My foundation as a person was no longer intact and I was in motion. Something was moving and had a life of it’s own inside me. I decided to pay attention to this call. Through the years, many paintings have materialized and I am still in that motion.
I do not have a background in Art, never attended an art class or have much knowledge about art. I just like painting. There is no effort involved in this experience and no pressure of any kind to do it. It just happens to be that way. I can describe my experience in this way: “I call my experience “soul painting”. All of a sudden an intense desire to manifest myself and the world in which I live takes over, becoming the minimum requirement of my existence, it’s only purpose and only hope”.
The first thing that caught my attention was how visually appealing the artist’s paintings are and how varied the themes that inspired him.
I was transfixed by a series of ‘spiritual’ paintings of which “Every Person is Christ”, was the most striking for the powerful emotion it evoked. Another group was stirred by nature.
Among these were paintings of flowers, trees, birds and seascapes. A triptych of trees that spoke of death, the eternal, and the fragility of life, made a profound impression on me.
Other works such as the “Go Around” expressed the human condition and provoked contemplation.
All the paintings have a spiritual quality. This is emphasized by the insightful statement placed in front of each painting. The painter’s use of color (in some works bright and vivid, while in others subdued and harmonious) or the surge of movement (in others drawing the viewer into the work) successfully expressed the inner struggles and emotions he aspired to convey.
Carlos Pillado is an original and visionary artist.
“April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of dead land, mixing.
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.”
Your work is obviously deeply felt. And just as obviously you are an Odysseus wondering the labyrinth of your soul while trying to find your way back home. The paintings are the journal of your wanderings.