Irene Carvajal is a multidisciplinary Costa Rican-American artist, her art practice includes printmaking, collage, sculpture and installation. Irene has exhibited in the United States, Costa Rica and Japan. She worked on her BFA at the University of Costa Rica and the University of Kansas and her MFA, with an emphasis in printmaking, at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has also been an art residencies in Yokohama, Japan and with Root Division in San Francisco, CA. She has received multiple awards, among them the Bronze Roller Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Printmaking both from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Over the course of her career Irene has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, teacher and curator. She has taught various printmaking courses and general art classes at middle school, high school and university level. She is currently the curator for works on paper at the Peninsula Museum ofArt and the screen printing instructor for the YAP program at SFAI.
Prevailing themes in her work include labor, globalization and mass production. Irene sees many parallels between mass production and printmaking. She is interested in the history and importance of ubiquitous, mundane, mass produced objects. By stripping them of their usefulness as functional pieces she intends to bring to the forefront their value as cultural and historical objects.