Carlos Encinas was born in Tucson Arizona on November 6, 1951.
His father was born in Sonora Mexico, crossed the border into the U.S.
illegally as a child of ranchers and later served in the U.S. Army in Europe
during WW2, was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and worked for the
SP railroad for 32 years. His mother was born in Tucson. Her parents
were from Mexico and Tucson. His mother has ancestors living Tucson
for more than a hundred years.
Carlos attended public schools and the University of Arizona in Tucson.
He has degrees in Education and Art. He has worked as an educator in the Tucson Unified School District continuously since 1982. He is married and has three sons.
He has a Masters degree in Art and has produced a variety of artwork in
his lifetime. He has done public sculpture and mural commissions,
ceramic, wood and steel sculpture, illustrations, paintings, art furniture,
and digital artwork. His artwork has been exhibited in various galleries,
shows and locations throughout the U.S.
He wrote and published a bilingual English/Spanish children’s picture
book in 2001 titled THE NEW ENGINE/LA MAQUINA NUEVA. His book was favorably reviewed in THE SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL in 2002. He has also written many editorial articles for the local newspaper THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR, readily available in the newspaper’s archives.