Camilo Pardo


Born in New York city, Camilo moved to Detroit at the age of 10 and had by that age developed a fascination with 60s and 70s era sports cars and modern art. After graduating from Detroit’s prestigious design school Center for Creative Studies in 1985, Camilo was hired by Ford Design Center in Dearborn Michigan. His assignments included working in the Dearborn Advanced Studios, Ford of Europe- Torino, Italy Studio , and the Design Studios in Cologne Germany. After 15 years at Ford Motor Company, he took on what was for him the ultimate assignment ... a state of the art re-design of the classic Ford GT race car. This project developed the 2002 Ford GT concept car.

As chief Designer of the Ford GT and the SVT Studio, Camilo’s team worked on the 2005 and 2006 production Ford GT . The GT became an instant suc- cess capturing the interest of car enthusiasts around the world.

At the end of the work day at Ford, Camilo continued to explore an additional avenues of art & design. With the integration of Design principles and the ab- stractions of Fine Art, Camilo explores alternative design solutions.

This work is created in his studios, located in the city of Detroit and Los Angeles. His studios has been the scene of more than a few of Detroit’s open- ings and receptions. For the last 15 years, his studio has hosted the Detroit Auto’s Designers’ Night. An internationaly recognized event which is attended by top automotive personnel and designers from all over the world.The North American International Auto Show has included Designer’s Night as a recog- nized NAIAS event appearing in all NAIAS publications.

By evening, Camilo is a serious, multi-faceted artist with incomparable cre- ative energy. This creativity is evident in his large, brightly colored oil paint- ings on canvas.This includes a large production of Automotive Fine Art. The same quality of creativity reaches a line of fashion design, that he describes as advanced fashion concepts. These fashion pieces have been created

for auto shows and runway exhibits. Camilo’s industrial design reaches into sculptural furniture design, that has made the rounds from main art galleries in Metro Detroit, Italy, Japan, and the Contempory Furniture Fare in New York.

As a dedicated artist who sets no limits on his creative endeavors, Camilo has found that his outside artistic expressions further strengthen and comple- ments his passion for automotive design.


Select Exhibitions

Detroit Auto Show Annual Designer’s Night. ( January 1998- 2018 )
An Evening of Fine Art, Jazz, and Design. 
Art and Development, Inc. 2944 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI

Petrolicious , Camilo Pardo’s  Art and Design Exhibition
Culver City, Los Angeles CA February 25, 2017

The Shelby Years,  Paintings by Camilo Pardo, Aug 24 2014
William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station Art Center
2525 Michigan Ave Santa Monica, CA

Motor City Masters - Reality TV Series 2014
Bunim/Murray Productions on "True TV"
Automotive Design competition - 10 Episodes ,10 projects, 10 designers with weekly eliminations until until one designer is left. Camilo lasts until the end and wins the grand prize.

Zero Gravity: Solo Exhibition, Inner State Gallery Detroit 2013

Motor City Fine Art Exhibit: 2012

Dirty Show Detroit: 2000 - 2012

323East Gallery - Fuel Injected Detroit, Solo Exhibition: 2011

Thompson Beverley Hills -Fuel Injected Los Angeles - Solo Exhibition: 2011 

Gallery 848 - Solo Exhibition Windsor, CA: 2010

C Pop - Straight Up - Solo Exhibition:  2002

C Pop - For The Price of Fuel - Solo Exhibition: 2005 

Alcatraz, Solo Exhibition, Torino Italy: 1996