Karla García at the Museo Casa de Adobe. Photo credit: Alejandro Bringas.
b. 1977, Mexico.
Karla García is a Mexican born, American-based artist that creates installations and sculptures with clay, found objects, and other symbolic materials to her Mexican heritage and migration. Her research-based artwork is a connecting point from her own history, ancient histories, and how these shape her identity, noting that, “I hope that my work can be a catalyst for the public to experience a little bit of our human history in unexpected ways.”
García is a Professor of Art at the Dallas College - Mountain View Campus. She completed an MFA degree in Ceramics and a Museum Education Certificate from the University of North Texas in May of 2019. The same year, she was awarded the Top Prize at the Sixth Annual Artspace 111 Regional Exhibition. García was selected as a visiting artist at the Dallas Museum of Art where she created a four-month interactive installation titled Carrito de Memorias which was selected to be exhibited at a Latin American Fine Art Competition in New York. García attended an international artist residency in St. Raphael, France, in 2020 where she began the exploration of her desert landscape work featured in the Nasher Windows: Home and Land Project in August 2020. In 2021, Garcia exhibited a new iteration of this work at Gallery 12.26 in Dallas, Texas, and most recently she was awarded the prestigious Nasher Artist Grant. She was a resident at Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency in 2021. She has been recently reviewed on Glasstire for her installation “Rebuilt from the Ground Up,” and on Scalawag Magazine for her binational exhibition La Línea Imaginaria at the border of El Paso, Texas, U.S., and Juárez, Chihuahua. México.