Carlos Victor Causo was born in Cuba and raised in different locations, including Buenos Aires in Argentina and São Paulo in Brazil. After graduating from an American high school abroad, he moved to the United States to earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Florida International University. While in college, Causo landed a full-time job as a photo assistant in a major advertising agency where he learned to shoot with a 4×5 camera and he took several photography courses that included history, darkroom techniques, and printing, and received weekly critiques of his work.
He went on to earn a master’s degree in fine arts photography, video and related media at the School of Visual Arts in New York where he also received the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award. This award honors Master of Fine Arts candidates whose work is deemed exceptional by their chair and faculty. Causo also received the Cintas Fellows Award in 1992. In 1994 he returned to Miami and started working in the commercial sector of photography, at which time a former mentor, William Maguire, offered him an adjunct teaching position at FIU. He currently teaches experimental video and digital photography as a visiting instructor at Florida International University.