Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Carlos F. Peterson

Carlos F. Peterson

Artistic Category artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With

My artwork addresses the loss of place and culture. I don’t consider myself an artist as such, but as a correspondent addressing displacement from Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District. The ordeal was no different from what many African-American’s faced across the U.S. when their neighborhoods were bulldozed under the guise of inner-city renewal. Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, the renowned Professor of Urban Policy and Health, coined the hurtful experience as “Root Shock,” defining it as a traumatic stress reaction to the destruction of all or part of one’s emotional ecosystem.

While the majority of my pieces resulted from the destruction of Pittsburgh’s Crawford/Roberts Street area during the early 1980s, they are symbolic of my childhood experience on Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District during its demise in the late 1950s. The only way I knew to make the experience visible so that it would not be lost entirely. My work does not represent the past as such, but it is reflective of the ongoing anxiety that resulted from it.

Over the years, my work matured as a collective narrative rendered with intimate details related to my life. Almost devoid of people, it addresses gentrification and upheaval. While I use a variety of materials and techniques, the crowded and lopsided objects are not necessarily a reflection of a particular neighborhood but are rather symbolic of the African–American experience.

Prior to starting his own firm, Carlos F. Peterson Technical Art, Mr. Peterson was an architectural draftsman and award-winning illustrator in the steel engineering industry. Now retired, Mr. Peterson is currently writing a memoir addressing his family's experience with urban redevelopment on Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District. Mr. Peterson’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the Pittsburgh area. He has received juror’s awards for his work in numerous local exhibitions and purchase awards for drawing and painting at the Atlanta Life Insurance African American National Art Exhibition in Atlanta Georgia.



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15202
412 732 9697


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