Karen Oetling

Art Direction / Design / Photography

Guadalajara, Mexico
Born in January 18th 1990 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Graduated from BA Design in 2012, I have worked as a freelance designer for over 4 years. Currently among several design projects, painting, photography and illustration.
I like to experiment and innovate, I’m looking forward to work in an environment where I can be creative and produce design that solves, impress and inspires.

Work Experience


Social Campaign

Art / Art Direction / Photography retouch /Graphic design.

Social engaging campaigns through art, video, illustration, photography.
Under the direction of cuban artist Erik Ravelo.
June 2014 - Present Treviso, Italy


Real-estate Photographer

Photography for Airbnb's listings in Guadalajara and its surroundings 2012-2014.

Photography for Veneto area. 2014-Present.
October 2012 - Present Italy

Cupcake Art

Interior Designer

Design and remodelling works for Cupcake Art's workshop.
Design of the new logo and brand identity.
December 2013 - June 2014 Guadalajara, Mexico

Ecofilm Festival

Director, screen-writer and editor

Direction, screenplay and editing of "Zumbido" Shortfilm.
April 2013 - June 2013 Guadalajara, Mexico

Francisco De Luna / Cklass

Assistant for Photographer Francisco de Luna

Assistant in lighting and photography for Francisco de Luna, in Cklass Catalogues for AW 2013. Shoes and clothes were photographed in different locations, as well as studio, with different mexican artists.
May 2013 - May 2013 Guadalajara, Mexico

Unlimited Films

Assistant Art Director

Assistant Art Director for the short film "Fragmentos de un lienzo".
Unlimited Films backed up the project, directed by Cristóbal González Camarena.
November 2012 - November 2012 Mexico

EcofilmFestival "Equilátero"


June 2012 - June 2012 Guadalajara, Mexico



Shop design and construction, advertising photography and graphic design.
January 2011 - Guadalajara, Mexico

Alexander McQueen

Textile Design

Worked in the print department in digital design both creating prints from scratch as well as digital manipulation of images or drawings.
Under the leadership of Sarah Burton, and the guide of Holly Marler and Torunn Myklebust.
April 2010 - June 2010 United Kingdom

Fe De Erratas

Assistant Producer / Film editing

November 2011 - April 2012 Guadalajara, Mexico

Emma Innocenti

Editorial Design

I did the editorial design for Emma Innocenti's book "Specchio, Specchio delle mie brame" ("Mirror, Mirror on the wall"), a book of self-portraits of kids, a project where they were given a remote control and took their own picture. The book can be seen and bought in Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/books/1390262
I also designed a website for Emma's portfolio.
February 2010 - April 2010 London, United Kingdom



Freelance photographer within interior design, fashion, advertising.
Clients such as:
• Alejandro Herrasti
• Juan José Barragán
• Co’tantik
• ImaginARTE
August 2010 - Present Guadalajara, Mexico


Graphic Design

Graphic, editorial, photography.

Clients: Cupcake Art, Dorinter, Co'tantik, Emma Innocenti, Taktik, POK, Sarcoh, Sinatrave, MOBA, MECA, The man who laughs.
January 2010 - Present Mexico


Public Relations

February 2009 - April 2009 Mexico

Chili's Summercamp

Art teacher. Instructor

July 2006 - July 2007 Chapala, Mexico


Medula Visual

Sketching Persuades Short Course

Médula Visual, a creative center for the professional development offered a Short Course of Sketching with designer Julio Castro Karg, who worked for Ford in Germany.
July 2013 - August 2013 Guadalajara, Mexico

Universidad De Guadalajara

Art installation laboratory

Short course of Art installation taught by Lydia Genin.
The course ended with an exhibition of 15 art installations made around the theme "Concentric/Excentric"
April 2013 - May 2013 Guadalajara, Mexico


Bachelor Design

Awarded merit-based scholarship. Best average.
The vision of this BA is quite wide and integral, it aims to give you tools to solve complex problems, without restricting to a specific Design area.
My goal is to solve social necessities via integral design proposals, that involve different areas such as: graphic, industrial, product, editorial, typography, illustration, audiovisual, hypermedia, among others.
August 2007 - May 2012 Guadalajara, Mexico

Complex Geometry

Introduction to Rhinoceros and Grasshopper

April 2012 - April 2012 Guadalajara, Mexico

London College Of Fashion

Fashion photography - Short Course

April 2010 - May 2010 London, United Kingdom

Central Saint Martins College Of Art And Design

Set Design for Performance

May 2010 - June 2010 London, United Kingdom

Central Saint Martins College Of Art And Design

Introduction to Curating - Short Course

April 2010 - June 2010 London, United Kingdom

Central Saint Martins College Of Art And Design

Criticism, Communication and Curation - Study Abroad Experience

January 2010 - June 2010 London, United Kingdom

Central Saint Martins College Of Art And Design

Mixed Media Painting - Short Course

April 2010 - June 2010 London, United Kingdom

Central Saint Martins College Of Art And Design

Hand printing techniques for textiles - Short Course

February 2010 - March 2010 London, United Kingdom

International Poster Biennial

Series of Design Conferences

October 2008 - November 2008 Xalapa, Mexico

Other Courses

• Painting with Ligia Pérez de Gómez Álvarez
• Poster design with Alain LeQuernec.
• Piano with Evelia Macías
• Painting with Adriana Andrade
January 1999 - Present Guadalajara, Mexico


Spanish (Native),
English (Fluent),
Italian (Advanced),
German (Beginner),



“Sarajevo100”, invited as part of the 100 artist to participate with a poster.



Official selection for “One sq. meter” Second edition of Young art fair in Guadalajara, Mexico. Curated by Cesar García, director in chief of The Mistake Room, LA.


Departamento De Diseño Mexicano

One of the 10 national artists selected to intervene a Skull for Project MIK's “Contemporary offerings” exhibition in Querétaro, Nov. 2013.


EcoFilm Festival

Official selection of ECOFILM Festival 2013. Fiction shortfilm.



Part of Posada's Exhibition at the National Museum of Art in Mexico and Chapultepec Castle's Gates


EcoFilm Festival

1st Place Fiction Shortfilm


International Poster Biennial Mexico

50 Latin Designers invited for José Guadalupe Posada tribute


Stuart Weitzman

Part of Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Auction. Charity Fundraising Mexico



Academic Excellence



XVth anniversary of BA Design Logo Winner


ITESO With Colegio Enrique De Ossó

Merit and social service based scholarship


Colegio Enrique De Ossó

Enrique de Ossó Academic Excellence


Cannes Lions

Health and wellness, Direct Promo & Activation. "FACING".



Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Photography, Rhinoceros, YouTube, Adobe Flash, Adobe Premiere Pro , Autodesk 3Ds Max, Cheerful, Curious, Dedicated, Editorial Design, Facebook, Flickr, Graphic Design, Grasshopper, Hardworker, Illustration, IMovie, Independent, Iphoto, Keynote , Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, Numbers, Optimist, Organized, Pages, Patient, PC And Mac, Proactive, Product Design, Propositive, Solidworks, Team Player, Twitter, Typography, Vimeo,



-IMAGO MUNDI: MAP OF THE NEW ART. Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Venice, Italy.

-THE BRIDGES OF GRAFFITI. Terminale San Basilio. 56th Venice Biennale.

-OPENART. Art Biennale. Örebro, Sweden.


-SARAJEVO 100. City Gallery Collegium Artisticum. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

-UNM2. Youth art fair. Guadalajara, Mexico.

Universidad el Pacífico. Santiago, Chile.


-CONTEMPORARY OFFERINGS. Project MIK. Queretaro, Mexico.

Taiwan Design Expo. Taipei, China.
Museo Nacional de Arte. Mexico City, Mexico.
Gates of Chapultepec’s Castle. Mexico City, Mexico.

-CONCENTRIC/EXCENTRIC. Laboratorio de Arte Jorge Martínez. Guadalajara, Mexico.


-BURIN OF FIRE. International Poster Biennial. Xalapa, Mexico.



-A DOT IN SPACE Guadalajara, Mexico.


-PEDACITO DEL CIELO 2010-to date.
-HOSPICIO CABAÑAS. Paintings donation for the living rooms of the orphanage.
-HELP BUILD THE BASES OF THE FUTURE. Project for academic assessment for kids in public schools. Guadalajara, Mexico. 2005.