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Success C r e at i v e
For Carlos Alves, creating big and small works of
art from scratch with his wife J.C. is what makes
living amongst art worth all the hard work it
takes to create them.
TEX T BY CECILIA DUBON SLESNICK
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CARLOS ALVES
When Carlos Alves was 9 and living in Hialeah with his family,
he discovered a ceramics store across the street from a city park
where his father would buy him clay and tools. Alves quickly
started making “cositas” that old ladies would like. What Carlos
didn’t know is that for the next decade his father would be selling
the little flowers and things his son was making and putting
the money aside. At 18, when Carlos was accepted into UM, his
father presented him with a check for $10,000 and told him: “This
is yours, go pay for your tuition.” After earning his Bachelor’s
Degree, Carlos went on to the get a Master’s in ceramics and
glass in Chicago before eventually making his way back to Miami.
Today, his studio in Little Havana is like walking into a scrapbook
of his art. The bits of inspiration made of ceramics and glass,
the family dog, his wife and art partner, J.C., all greet you with a
warm smile. Among his most notable works are large-scale public
pieces like the mural he and J.C. are putting together for the new
Children’s Courthouse Downtown and a commissioned jungle-
esque pool backdrop in the works; CarlosAlvesMosaics.com.