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Alvaro Barrios

 (born 1945)
Alvaro Barrios is active/lives in Colombia, Italy.  Alvaro Barrios is known for painting.

Biography  
Alvaro Barrios


Biography from Nohra Haime Gallery

ALVARO BARRIOS

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, 1945
Lives in Italy, 1966-67
Moves to Barranquilla, Colombia, 1968

EDUCATION

Universidad del Atlántico, Barranquilla, Colombia
Universita di Perugia, Perugia, Italy
Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia, Venice, Italy

LECTURE

2008 The Museum of Modern Art, "Modern Poets," Lecture of "Dreams About Marcel
Duchamp," New York

AWARDS

2001 I Bienal de Buenos Aires, "Premio Latinoamericano de Pintura y Técnicas
Mixtas," Buenos Aires, Argentina
1985 Jose María Córdoba Airport, Medellín, Colombia
1979 First Prize, I Trienal Latinoamericana de Grabado, Buenos Aires,
Argentina
1974 Gold Medal, Tokyo Biennial, Tokyo, Japan
1969 Third Prize, XX Salón de Artistas Colombianos, Bogotá, Colombia
1966 Second Prize, Concurso Dante Alighieri, Bogotá, Colombia

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2006 Museo Nacional, "Alvaro Barrios: Grabados populares," Bogotá, Colombia
Galeria Mundo, Bogotá, Colombia
2004 Galeria Jenny Vila, Cali, Colombia
1998 Museo Nacional de la Estampa, "Obra Gráfica de Alvaro Barrios," México,
1992 Expo-Sevilla 92, "Arte Colombiano Contemporáneo," Seville, Spain
Galería Alfred Wild, Bogotá, Colombia
1990 Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia
Museo Bolivariano de Arte Contemporáneo, Santa Marta, Colombia
1989 Galería Alfred Wild, Bogota, Colombia
Galería Elida Lara, Barranquilla, Colombia
1988 Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela
1987 Museo de Arte Moderno, "Retrospective: Obra Gráfica," Cartagena, Colombia
Galerie Salammbo, Paris, France
1986 Museo de Arte Moderno, "Retrospective," Bogotá, Colombia
1981 Sala Cultural Avianca, "Retrospective," Barranquilla, Colombia
1980 Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia
Galería Garcés Velásquez, Bogotá, Colombia
Galería Nueve, Lima, Perú
1979 Galería La Oficina, Medellín, Colombia
1977 Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia
1969 Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia
1968 Galeria Marta Traba, Bogotá, Colombia
1967 Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007 The Museum of Modern Art, "New Perspectives in Latin American Art 1930 - 2006 "Selections from a decade of acquisitions," New York
Museo de Antioquia, "Origenes del Arte Conceptual en Colombia," Medellín,
Colombia
"Arte contemporáneo del Caribe colombiano," traveling exhibition
Galeria El Cometa, "Dibujos colombianos del siglo XX," Bogotá, Colombia
2006 Banco de la República, "Para recordar la ciudad solar," Cali, Colombia
2005 Museo de Arte Moderno, "Centenario del Centro Artistico de Barranquilla,"
Barranquilla, Colombia
San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, "Trans/Migrations: Graphics as
Contemporary Art," San Juan, Puerto Rico
2004 El Museo del Barrio, "MoMA at El Museo: Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art," New York
2002 Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, "Los Cincuenta Caminos de la Vida,"
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arborizar, Bogota, Colombia
2001 Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, "I Bienal de Buenos Aires," Buenos
Aires, Argentina
Museo de Arte de Jamaica, "Arte Colombiano del Caribe Colombiano,"
Kingston, Jamaica
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, "Los Cincuenta Caminos de la Vida,"
Buenos Aires, Argentina
2000 Centro de Artes Visuales, "Los Cincuenta Caminos de la Vida," Lima,
Perú
Casa de las Américas, "Arte Contemporáneo del Caribe Colombiano," Havana,
Cuba

1971 VII Biennale de Paris, Paris, France
1970 II Bienal de Coltejer, Medellín, Colombia

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
The New York Public Library, New York
Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, Washington, DC
Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico
Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Peru
National Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Museo de Arte Moderno, La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Pereira, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Cartagena, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Bucaramanga, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Barranquilla, Colombia
Museo Bolivariano de Arte Contemporáneo, Santa Marta, Colombia
Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional, Bogota, Colombia
Museo Nacional, Bogota, Colombia
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo El Minuto de Dios, Bogotá, Colombia
Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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catalogue, p. 43, illustrated.
32 Artistas Colombianos De Hoy, Museo De Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia, April
1973, exhibition catalogue, illustrated.
"Alvaro Barrios," Contemporary Art from the Colombian Caribbean, Bogotá, 2000,
exhibition catalog, p. 15.
"Alvaro Barrios," Cromos, No. 2564, Bogotá, November 21, 1966, pp. 61-63, as seen
on La Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Colombia.
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"Alvaro Barrios En Buenos Aires," El Tiempo, December 23, 2000,
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"Álvaro Barrios: Grabados populares," Boletín Electrónico del Museo Nacional,
November 22, 2006.
"Alvaro Barrios: MOMA," ArtNexus, No. 58, November 2005, illustrated.
"Álvaro Barrios realiza una visita guiada a la exhibición 'orígenes del arte
conceptual en Colombia' en el Museo de Antioquia," Encuentro
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q=node/1094
Angerame, Nicola. "New York 'Tra Crisi E Mostre'," Revista Segno, March 2009, p.
88, illustrated.
Arango, Gonzalo. "Alvario Barrios por Gonzalo Arango," Estabolsanoesunjuguete,
October 10, 2005.
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Baldrich, Ana Catalina. "Alvaro Barrios al Oleo," Cromos, Bogotá, No.4450, May
26, 2003.
Cobo Borda, Juan Gustavo. "Alvaro Barrios," Coboborda.org, 2006, illustrated.
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Colombia Diversa, September 25, 2007, illustrated.
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Cuello, Claudia. "Alvaro Barrios," La Ola Caribe, No. 2, Barranquilla, 2009, p.
38-41.
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Contemporaneo del Caribe Colombiano," Memorias, Ano 4, No. 7, May 2007.
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Auguest 2007, illustrated.
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March 2009, illustrated.
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Esterofonica, Bogota, November 24, 2006.
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Universidad de Antioquia, 2007.
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Huntington Galleries, University Art Museum, February 1 - March 28, 1976, The University of Texas at Austin, exhibition catalogue, illustrated.
Hoyos, Cristo. "Encuentro con Álvaro Barrios," Observatorio del Caribe
Colombiano. http://www.ocaribe.org/revista_aguaita/13/cultura2.htm
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18, 2010, p. 4, illustrated.
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illustrated.
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López, Rodolfo. "Alvaro Barrios y Bernardo Salcedo," La Otras Historias, Session
XVI, July 16, 2007, illustrated.
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No. 7, February 1993, illustrated.
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de Bolívar, 2000, illustrated.
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Biography from RoGallery.com
Alvaro Barrios, Colombian (1945 - )

Born in Cartagena, Colombia in 1945, Barrios attended the School of Fine Arts of the Universidad del Atlantico in Barranquilla, Colombia.  He later studied in Italy at the Università di Perugia and at La Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia.  Since the 1970s, Barrios has been representing his country at the Sao Paulo Biennials as well as The Tokyo Print Biennial, The Paris Young Artists Biennial, The Havana Biennial, The Cracovia Print Biennial, The Buenos Aires Triennial and The Poligraphic Triennial of San Juan, among others.  In 2001 he received a prize as the best Latin American Artist at the Buenos Aires Triennial.  His work is represented in major international collections like The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, The Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth and The Museum of Latin American Art in Washington.

He has been included in numerous exhibitions such as "MOMA at El Museo: Latin American & Caribbean Art from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art" at Museo del Barrio in 2004 and in 2007, he was part of "New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions" at the MOMA.  In February 2008, he was invited to give a lecture on his texts "Dreams About Marcel Duchamp" at The Museum of Modern Art's Celeste Barthos Theater, in New York.

Appropriating imagery that illustrates the influence of Marcel Duchamp, Barrios creates an ambitious mélange that results in playful and original art.  In the painting This Work is Already a Part of My Life, 2008 (59×59 in), the artist presents a scene in a movie theater, where the comic strip character Clark Kent watches a motion picture next to his love interest Lois Lane.  "Clark, don't you think your passion for Marcel Duchamp is going too far?" asks Lane.  Kent, who preciously holds in his lap a replica of Duchamp's famous porcelain readymade urinal titled Fountain (1917), responds, "this work is already a part of my life, Lois! I'll always be with it!"  Constant references to the French artist in Barrios's work are used as "a pretext to talk about my distance from the conventional, and everything that signifies conservative positions in art and life, which ultimately, is what Duchamp's myth represents," explains the artist. Thus, in employing fiction characters and distinctive pieces and personalities of modern art in an unconventional context, Barrios challenges the imagination and the conscience of the spectator.  It is the paradoxical subject matter and creative adaptation of his compositions that gives his work a humorous, yet clever and mysterious quality.


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Born:  1945 - Cartagena, Colombia
Known for:  painting