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Carlos Arriola, born Carlos Alberto Arriola Monjes on February 2, 1966 in Guatemala City, Guatemala to Master Artist Victor Arriola and Maria Cristina Monjes de Arriola.

Carlos was born with an identical twin brother, Guillermo Arriola, who is also a professional artist in the Arriola tradition. Carlos is also the father of Thais Arriola; he has personally tutored and managed the development of his daughter's promising young art career.

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His father founded the Arriola Art’s Academy and is an Internationally-known Portrait artist. Victor constantly encouraged Carlos and his siblings to express themselves creatively. Under his fathers tutelage, he began painting at an early age. Carlos first began exhibiting his art work at the early age of 13, where he sold his first painting. This early success motivated him to become a professional artist.

Carlos's father promoted his study of the great masters of art, especially from the Renaissance period. His strongest influences are Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael Sanzio. These masters influenced an academic touch to his style and technique. He has always experimented with different styles, which shows in the unique accents in all of his works. As many masters have, Carlos shares the idea that art and human creativity truly have no boundaries.

"The constant seeking of ways to express their own thoughts and creativity allows an artist to not remain trapped in a determinate space and time." ~ Carlos Arriola

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International Awards

The Bill Fish Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Artist of the year (2001)

Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, FL

1st Prize - Best in Show (2001)

1st Prize – Ecological Painting of the Year (2003)

Beaux Arts Festival, Lowe Arts Museum, University of Miami, FL

Blue Ribbon (2001 - 2003)

Media Articles

Penny Worley Auctioneers Conducts Online Auction of Coral Gables Corporate Art Collection with Noted Miami, Cuban-American and Latin-American Artists

Alhambra Towers brochure - Art & Inspiration

Review: Paintings by the Arriola family by Dan Grossman - Nuvo Magazine
4 of 5 Stars



Carlos owns and operates his own Art Gallery, Galeria Carlos Arriola, located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 10am to 6pm, featuring works from the entire Arriola family of Artists. Visits can also be arranged outside of normal business hours by appointment.

Please visit our Contact Page to schedule an appointment or for more information.

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