Carmen José (1991 Spain) is a visual artist and visual educator with a MA at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (Germany) in Visual Communication with focus on Illustration and editorial Design. In 2014 she initiate together with Kathi Seemann the project Papiercafé, a multifunctional collective space for Self-publishing & Café. She joined the independent publishing house Rotopol as co-publisher and author in 2016. A year later in 2017, she worked as part of the Aneducation team of documenta14 in Kassel and Athens (Greece). In October 2018 she moved to Rotterdam (Netherlands) for an artist residency at BAD Foundation and later on at NAC Foundation. She is currently working on a experimental research on critical thinking in visual education and publications at the Master Education in Arts at Piet Zwart Institute.

Portrait credits: „Carmen (Luck will cross your way.)“ 2018 by  Kathi Seemann

CV Carmen José 2018

Comissioned for

Bauhaus Dessau (GE), CIFAS (BE), AnEducation documenta14 (GE), Grimmwelt museum Kassel (GE), Rotopol (GE), Stimme Koop (GE), Matana (ES), Luiban (GE), Wikullil (GE), Fundación Mapfre (SP), Winfred Jenior (GE), Polisemia (SP), 360º Journal (GE), Kunsthochschule Kassel (GE), Siete Días Yecla (SP), Gascade (GE), Cúrate en salud (SP), COGAM (SP), Neue Galerie Museum Kassel (GE), Casa Felina (SP), Taller Digigráfico (SP)

Collaborated with

First Aid Kit (AT), AMPEL Magazin (CH), Ciudades Esqueleto (SP), Episkaia (SP), No brains left (GE), Dinamita Dimiuta (SP), Con dos colores (SP), El estafador (SP), Mironcillos wine (SP), Al Cuadrado (SP), Postales desde el Limbo (SP), Mi petit Madrid (SP), Small (SP), Amorcionario (SP), El eternauta (SP), Microrresidencias Sandwich Mixto (SP), El Pájaro Moderno (SP/CO)


  • 2019 “Das Wesen der Stimme” illustrations and visual concept, Edition Stimme Koop, GE
  • 2018 “aneducation – documenta 14” visual notes, Archive Books, GE, EN
  • 2017 “TRIADIC” Illustrations and design, Rotopol & Matana, GE & SP
  • 2017 “ALLÍ:HIER” Illustrations and design, Rotopol & Barbara Fiore Editora, GE & SP
  • 2016 “RAUS REIN” Illustrations for “Vetiveria?”, Avant Verlag, GE
  • 2014 “Coll. of Contem. Works of Art on Paper”, Illustrations, Fund. Mapfre, Madrid, SP
  • 2013 “Cosas de gatos”, Illustrations and story, Plegats, SP


  • 2019 Open Studios, B.A.D. Residency, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2018 Group Exhibition, “Drawing words” Instituto Cervantes, Utrecht, NL
  • 2018 Group Exhibition, “We are all guests” B.A.D Foundation, Rotterdam, NL
  • 2018 Group Exhibition, “En femenino” Mulafest, Madrid, SP
  • 2018 Group Exhibition, “10 years Rotopol” B-Platform, Seoul, SK
  • 2018 Group Exhibition, “10 years Rotopol” Neurotitan, Berlin, GE
  • 2017 Group Exhibition, “Narrative Positionen #2” Südflügel, Kassel, GE
  • 2016 Solo Exhibition, “Hallo Carmen!”, Rotopol, Kassel, GE
  • 2016 Solo Exhibition, “Allí : Hier”, Papiercafé, Kassel, GE
  • 2015 Group Exhibition, “Interventionen” Regierungspräsidium, Kassel, GE
  • 2013 Group Exhibition, “Con dos colores”, Matadero Madrid, SP

Awards & Grants

  • 2019 “O&O Research and development” for her project Lines of Movement, CBK Rotterdam, NL
  • 2018 “Bienal Miradas de Mujeres” for Argamasa, MAV Madrid, SP
  • 2018 “Hessischen Verlagspreis” for Rotopol, Land Hessen, GE
  • 2016 “Abschluss Stipendium” for her master project, University Kassel, GE
  • 2016 “Engagierte Stipendium” for her social engagement, University Kassel, GE
  • 2015 “Preis für Dickköpfigkeit” for the project Papiercafé, Unikat-Agentur, Kassel, GE
  • 2014 “Max und Moritz” for the best student Publication, “Triebwerk 6”, Erlangen, GE
  • 2014 “Studentischesprojektrat” for the project Papiercafé, AStA Uni Kassel, GE