Carlos Loarca was born and raised in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and came to the United States when he was eighteen. He joined the United States Army and lived in France and throughout the United States. He settled in San Francisco where his painting career blossomed.
He first started doing murals with elementary school children in San Francisco which were followed by well known murals on San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center and General Hospital. His most unique murals were with homeless children in the garbage dumps of Guatemala City, Honduras, the former USSR, and New Mexico. Loarca was the director of the Somarts Gallery in San Francisco from 1983 to 2006 and was sent as a representative of the United States State Department to Honduras to judge the National Painting Certamen.
Loarca’s paintings have been displayed throughout numerous galleries and museums in California, Florida, Mexico, Guatemala, St. Petersburg, Russia, Spain, London, and the Biennale of Florence, Italy. Loarca resides in Northern California.