Veteran Artist, Carlos Luis Olivas, Jr. and His Son Carlos the 3rd on Dementia and the Arts™

Dementia and the Arts – Busting Stigmas by Highlighting Possibilities

Dementia and the Arts™ educational videos were developed to lift the voices of people living with dementia while raising awareness of their abilities. We discuss the when’s and why’s of how they got involved with art, along with what they get out of creating it, and other people’s reactions to it. Individuals share the techniques they use, how they adapt as the disease progresses, and how their emotions are expressed through their work.

Busting Stigmas and Sharing Artwork of Those Living with Dementia

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About the Veteran Artist: Carlos Luis Olivas, Jr. – Known as Charlie Robot

Embark on the artistic journey of a true patriot. Born in 1941, Carlos Luis Olivas, Jr. is not just an artist; he’s a seasoned sculptor and two-dimensional artist who has shaped his creative narrative since his teens.

Forged in Service:

Carlos’s story is etched with courage and service. A Navy veteran, he served aboard the U.S.S Bluegill, where he translated his artistic finesse into drafting technical and top-secret engineering drawings. His time on the submarine, a testament to his dedication and skills, set the stage for the intricate and complex designs he crafts today.

Master of Form and Function:

Carlos’s forte lies in creating designs that transcend the conventional. From figurative to abstract works, his art is a testament to his command of highly diverse materials and engineering prowess. Kinetic sculptures breathe life into his creations, showcasing artistic brilliance and a fusion of technical skill.

California Roots and Military Bonds:

A proud resident of the California Central Valley, Carlos’s roots run deep. From architecture studies at San Diego City College to an impactful career as an Advanced Media System Specialist for CSUS, he has left an indelible mark. His military bonds extend beyond the submarine—his association with the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF) forged in 1973 speaks volumes about his camaraderie with fellow artists.

Family, Legacy, and Passion:

Married to Mara Urdiales, Carlos is a devoted father of two sons and a loving grandfather. His artistic legacy is a gift to us all, a testament to a life driven by passion. As the eldest among eight siblings, Carlos’s artistic journey is intertwined with familial bonds that echo in his prolific work.

Jazz, Colors, and the Artistic Rhythm:

Immerse yourself in Carlos’s artistic process. Jazz sets the backdrop as he relaxes, allowing his mind to dance with colors and shapes. The result is a harmonious blend of time, line, and completeness—a testament to his artistic metamorphosis, much like a river rock finding smoothness after a mountainous journey.

A Legacy Preserved:

The caregiver, custodian, and son; Carlos Luis Olivas III stands as a pillar of support, courageously navigating his father’s Alzheimer’s journey. Managing the archiving, display, and passion of his father’s artworks, Carlos III forms an essential part of the team ensuring @charlierobot legacy lives on. Together, father and son create a powerful duo, embodying the strength of familial bonds in the face of artistic and personal challenges.

Discover the Rock: 

Carlos is not just an artist; he’s a rock in the artistic landscape, weathered by experiences and shaped by passion. Join us in celebrating the veteran artist who continues to produce profound work, a living testament to a life dedicated to art, service, and the pursuit of creative excellence.

Charlie’s Son:

Carlos Olivas the 3rd, a devoted family man and primary caregiver, embarked on a transformative journey in 2015 when he left his career to care for his Dad living with Geriatric Alzheimer’s & Dementia. As a fellow with Caring Across Generations, a volunteer advocate for the Alzheimer& Association, and a local ambassador for Into the Dark Blue Men & well-being group, Carlos passionately advocates for compassionate caregiving and mental health awareness.

His role as a social media content creator amplifies his commitment, reaching a global audience with heartfelt narratives and valuable insights. A proud member of We are HFC’s  Care Influencer Care Squad and a champion, Carlos is not just a caregiver but a dedicated speaker and guest on various media platforms, blogs, and podcasts. Through his experiences, he weaves a narrative that resonates with the universal themes of love, resilience, and the intricate dance of life’s vibrant hues.

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