Acrylic and Metallic.
Artist Arcadia Reyes Caraballo was born in East Harlem New York to Puerto Rican and Cuban parents.
One of her major creative influences in her life was her Abuela (grandmother) Inez Pedroso, a versatile
and intuitive seamstress “She could make something out of nothing”. It was through her, Ms. Caraballo learned the creative use of shapes and patterns and soon understood the relationships between the parts and the whole. Her Grandmother’s collection of small illustrated novellas became a source in the development of Arcadia’s early drawing skills.
Arcadia attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1986, she received the St. Gauden’s Medal for Sculpture from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Arcadia has exhibited her work at Pratt Institute, The ACAA Gallery, B.A.A.D., Galleria 106, State Senator Jose Serrano East Harlem office, Bronx River Art Center, Union Settlement Arts Festival, and the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Camaradas, P.S. 109 El Barrio’s Artspace, Manhattan’s Neighborhood Network, SMV Gallery. Taller Latino Americano, La Marqueta del Barrio and Pepe Coronado’s Print Studio.
Arcadia presently resides in El Barrio ArtSpace. She is a multi-talented mother of twins, a certified Yoga instructor, and an Adjunct Lecturer at Bronx Community. She has danced at the Symphony Space and trained with the renowned Afro-Cuban folkloric dancer Xiomara Rodriguez. She has collaborated with Pepe Coronado on a series of prints created thru her drawings. She is currently working on a new body of work.