Carlos Dávila Rinaldi produces artworks that vacillate between abstraction and figuration, with subject matter incorporating popular culture and social commentary on events facing Puerto Rico. Compositions express his politically charged messages through powerful brushstrokes and rich, vibrant colors. The artist states: “My abstract work stems from earlier figurative paintings…which over the years evolved into visual handwriting creating extremely busy canvases full of color and strong graphic mark… I am a serious believer that the artist is in constant interaction and reaction with his environment. I paint about the experience.”
A native of Puerto Rico, Dávila Rinaldi was born in San Juan. After attending the Art Students League in that same city, he moved to New York and enrolled in the GLCA Artist Apprenticeship Program in 1979, with postmodern artists Robert Stackhouse and Louis Lieberman. In 1980, Dávila Rinaldi graduated from DePauw University in Indiana, earning a Bachelor of Arts. His works have been shown in public and private collections, namely the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, the Ponce Museum and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico. Dávila Rinaldi has participated in international art fairs like SCOPE and PhotoMiami.