Deep Carnivale 2010 – September 11-12, 2010 – Mark your calendars now!

Deep Carnivale 2009

10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 12-13, 2009
The Performing Arts Building
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Campus Tampa Florida
Readings by authors and poets, songs sung by songwriters, child-friendly performances, games, activites, food and non-alcoholic beverages
Children and families, teens, adults and tribal elders
Free and open to the public
More Information
Contact Festival Director David Audet at or 813-253-7000 x5179

Ernesto Piloto-Marquez

Ernesto Piloto-Marquez was born in Havana City, Cuba on April 10, 1975. As a child, one of his favorite toys was a crayon carton full of colors. Those crayons were "my greatest treasure and escape from the reality of limitations of my surroundings by allowing me to express myself freely".

"Throughout my adolescent years, I nurtured the artist within me thinking that I would study Fine Arts someday. I frequently visited art exhibitions and learned how to draw urban settings and landscapes which was my first step into the world of Art.

"At twenty one years old, I started studies at the national Culinary Arts School where I got a degree in Culinary Art as a pastry chef. Years later, I participated in the Second International Culinary Festival held in Matanzas, Cuba where more than thirty five countries exhibited their culinary work.

"All these experiences kept me in touch with my dream of becoming an artist. Even though at the time I was just collecting flavors and colors that would ultimately pave my way to my true passion, drawing.

"Few years later I took sculpture and drawing classes at the Academia San Alejandro de Bellas Artes, which is the most prestigious and oldest art school in Cuba. I participated in several collective exhibitions with colleagues where my work could stand out with a characteristic, personal touch and value.

"Several years later, I became part of the Cuban socio-cultural movement. In 2007 I moved to U.S.A. and started a transitional period of adjustment and redefinition of my work and personal life enriching my views and concepts."

Artist's Statement

"My work as an artist is about life reflections on how we can transform our attitudes through a simple decision. I constantly reflect on how we live, the social conditioning and how it can imprint our conscience. It is also part of my work reflections how mass media influence, molds and manipulates us. Likewise, the anxiety of consumption translated into object possession that creates a negative impact in our quality of life with its consequences.

"I tend to utilize black and white as a symbol of balance/contrast in our interior self. It also represents life contradictions/ opposites. The use of objects as the umbrella and the hook helps me mirror different actions and conducts like protection and opportunism. I have incorporated words and newspaper clips as a way to show how reading evokes thought pondering in order to answer many of our uncertain paths in life.

"My work is all in all about philosophical questioning used to reflect on the elemental, and at the same time, monumental questions of who we are and where we are heading to. That is the reason why my work try to advocate for the personal initiative of taking control of our destinies staying close to who we really are, rejecting manipulation, a decision that I consider is mainly within our reach."


Intelligence Respected

Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."

A Different Sort of Ybor Celebration

Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."

"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."

"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments.

"The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."

Comments From Our Fans

"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again. I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.