Carlos Zapata

Carlos Zapata

Carlos Zapata

Carlos is a self-taught artist who has found unique ways of expressing himself through painting, drawing, and making things.

In the late nineties he began making and selling his first automata, eventually enabling him to concentrate on creating new pieces full-time with the help of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. Many of the ideas for his new works have evolved and been taken from his experience of living in a foreign country, and in his home country of Colombia. His work is vibrant, full of emotion, and can be found in private collections and museums in several countries.

Carlos collaborated with Learning Studio staff to carve, paint, and construct wooden automata as part of the Exploratorium's tinkering program.