Born in Chicago to a Puerto-Rican family, artist Carlos Rolón addresses questions of inclusion, aspiration and cultural identity in his art. Connecting to childhood memories and the ways in which different house holds adapt to new American middle-class lifestyles, Rolón employs a wide range of media and imagery to explore themes of craft, ritual, beauty, spirituality and identity. Color, texture, patterns and items brought into the home create a sense of longing, a “blue-collar baroque,” from which Rolón draws inspiration. He channels these vantage points into a hybrid language of exuberant flora paintings, sculpture, social practice and site-specific installa tions that offer rich symbolism and oppor tunities for self-reflection, bridging the divide between public and private. Rolón exhibits internationally, with recent exhibits at the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Cummer Museum (Jacksonville, FL); the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (University of Alabama at Birmingham); and the FLAG Art Foundation (New York).