Born in Dallas, Texas in 1953, Carlos left for Chile before the age of two with his parents. He remained in Chile until 1974, the year after the military coup. He now resides in Austin.
Carlos studied art at Southwestern University in Georgetown, under the guidance of Gus Farmer, and graduated in 1976 with a BFA in Studio Art. After working as a commercial artist in Dallas, he moved to Austin, and joined Interart-Public Art as a muralist. He trained with Puerto Rican artist Carlos Osorio, and painted sev-eral local murals, including the Varsity Theatre Mural. He served on the City of Austin Art and Public Places Panel. He also has designed covers for small press books, record album jackets and many political posters and flyers.
Carlos Lowry worked for 28 years as an exhibit specialist, graphic artist, web developer and programmer analyst for the Austin Public Library. He is married to Alice Embree and has two grown children, Camilo and Laura. Carlos retired from the Library in 2011 and now devotes his time to painting.