Working at Shelton Academy has been a rewarding challenge. After more than 15 years teaching art in this community, belonging to this family has surpassed by expectations. Its incredible installations lend themselves to the development of a wide array of creative activities. The group of people that we work with make the artistic experience richer, and the students make the most of it due to the quality of the programs and the professionalism of the people who run it. Collaborating in this school over the past four years for me has been a unique experience because of the human quality of the people, which has allowed my labor of love to go beyond the school as a plastic artist.
Carlos J. Tirado was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is an artist, painter, and sculptor who has developed a very personal and precise line of work linked to Neo-Pop art. With plenty of personal art exhibitions, Tirado has participated in numerous collective ones, receiving different awards such as “III Premio de Escultura” del Certamen Aires de Córdoba in 2004 and other recognitions, among them at the Venezuelan Embassy in DC (2005) and the X Latin Art Festival of Atlanta (2005).
His inclination for the arts started from an early age. At 8 years old, he was already experimenting with tridimensional forms, creating molds out of cast lead from pieces previously gathered on the streets. These first artistic experiences led by his inquisitive nature provided the groundwork to continue exploring the possibilities with different materials like wood, waste, and plaster.