Lyle Carbajal: Painting

idolos © Lyle-CarbajalAmerican artist Lyle Carbajal uses his paintings to explore the unintentional. “Through the use of color, bold line and image placement he hopes to capture the naiveté of daily life.” Influences include the Brut and Cobra groups of past and present, the naïve artists of Latin America, graphic designers and illustrators, religious painters, and children.

“His focus on the face is evident in each painting, where visages are wild-eyed and gripped with anger, terror, confusion or pain.  The depictions of extreme emotive states in his paintings are as raw and innocent as those of a child.  Childhood memories and his Latin American background have helped Carbajal search for a primitive expression of the world.”

Of his work Carbajal says, “Although I lack a formal education in painting, a degree in design taught me to see shapes, colors, typography and distinct references. Life’s landscape, on the other hand, taught me about Mexican masks and muralism, functional graphics, vandalism, Haitian flags, folk signage, randomness and urbanism, all which find their way into my work. It is through this extensive knowledge of both popular and primitive cultures that helps in the creation of my pictures.”

Carbajal’s work has been exhibited in galleries around the world including Museu de Estremoz in Portugal, the Caro D’Offay Gallery in Chicago, and Art Fair in Denmark.

To see more of Carbajal’s paintings, visit  There is also a good interview on

Related Books:
Naive Art (Art of Century)
Naïve Art

Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design

Sources: Tinney Contemporary