Carlos Vivar was born in Mexico City in 1964. The son of a surgeon and a psychologist, and the second of three siblings, he knew from an early age that he wanted to be a painter. Later in life he went onto study graphic design in Mexico City and then a master’s degree in graphic art in Milan, Italy. During this time he also lived in England and Spain, places that would mark and influence his work later on in his life. Vivar is a self-taught painter, whose work has evolved over the last 25 years, ranging from indigenous pre-Hispanic-inspired icons, rural sceneries, Mexican revolutionaries themes, to European city landscapes mixed with contrasting colours commonly used by the Mexican architect Barragán. Carlos has had over 100 exhibitions in Asia, America and Europe, in galleries, foundations, museums of art, embassies, universities, among many others, including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.