Biography

Rafael Barrios

A Venezuelan born in 1947 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US. He studied Fine Arts in Canada, the United States, and Venezuela. His artistic trajectory dates back to a very early age. He took drawing and painting at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela, achieving his first recognition with the award "National Youth Painting" in 1963. Upon completing his basic studies in Venezuela and Canada, he received a scholarship from J. Walter Thompson International to attend the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada, graduating with honours in "Pure Art" and "Communication and Design". He received a scholarship from New York University (US) to attend its Graduate Program for "Fine Arts" and "Monumental Sculpture Techniques". He was granted several national and international awards: "The Sculpture Award", Ernesto Avellán Exhibition; the McLean Foundation Scholarship, the highest award offered by the Ontario College of Art, Canada; the "Excelentísima Diputado Provincial de la Frontera" Decoration, for his Monumental Sculpture titled "Tercer Horizonte", to commemorate 500 years of America's Discovery, in Palos de la Frontera, Huelva, Spain; "Second Prize" at the Sofia Imber Caracas Contemporary Museum's Biennial of Visual Arts, in Venezuela; the "Conferry Award", First Sculpture Biennial, Francisco Narváez Contemporary Art Museum, Margarita Island, Venezuela; "Artist of the Year '95", Etiqueta Magazine, Caracas, Venezuela; Decoration by Carupano Township, in Sucre State, Venezuela. Throughout his career as an artist, Rafael Barrios has worked as Art Director for UNESCO; as Creative Consultant for "Latin Touch" cinematographic creations; as Stage Designer for Chris Von Wangenheim in Vogue and Esquire magazines, in New York, US. He was a Professor of Three-Dimensional and Advertising", at the Neumann Design Foundation, in Caracas, Venezuela; Stage Designer for "DanzaHoy"'s presentation in Expo-Sevilla, Spain; and Stage Designer for Hervé Leger in his "Carrouselle du Louvre" show, in Paris, France. Many of his pieces can be found in public spaces, such as the Murals atFundación Polar, in Caracas; Art et Industry, New York; Coca-Cola International Headquarters in New York; Monumental Sculptures at Sofia Imber's Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art; Banco Consolidado (now CorpBanca)'s Headquarters in Caracas; the Seguros Venezuela Building in Caracas; and Procter & Gamble's Headquarters in Caracas. Rafael Barrios has shown in the United States, Europe, South America, and other Latin American countries, as well as in the Middle East. His work can be found in permanent collections in the Ontario Art Gallery and the Carmen Lammana Foundation in Toronto, Canada; also in the National Art Gallery in Caracas; the Sofia Imber's Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art; as well as in the private collections of HRH Don Juan Carlos de Borbón, King of Spain (Levitating Symmetry); and the collection of HRH Gloria, Princess of Germany. In 1973, renowned futurist Marshall McLuhan said in a lecture at the University of Toronto: "The work of Rafael Barrios is like fresh fruit for thought." Rafael Barrios plays with shapes, altering the laws of geometry, fabling volume in space. His sculptures are characterized by breaking orthodox directionality, accessing new possibilities of perception. Vertiginous elevations cause his virtual works to seemingly erect upon themselves, defying the laws of space, alleviating bodies that should be subject to gravity. Rafael Barrios' works are identifiable by a set of dynamics, levity, strength, and magnetism, which is imprinted on each individual creation in order to reach the beholder's spirit.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

Art of the World Gallery - Individual August 10 - October 15 - Houston, Texas

2017

Rafael Barrios Abyssal. Galerie Rauchfeld Paris, France

Personal Exhibition - Hôtel Les Cures Marines - Trouville-sur-Mer - France. Galerie Rauchfeld Paris, France.

2016

Volumenes Virtuales. Proyecto Contemporaneo. Madrid Spain.

LA Art Show, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris)

Rafael Barrios Virtual Juggle, Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

2014

Rafael Barrios Virtual Levitations, Bel Air Fine Art Gallery, Saint-Tropez, France

2013

Insondable, Galerie Rauchfeld, Paris, France Unfathomable, Art Sawa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Unfathomable, Art Sawa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2012

Rafael Barrios on Park Avenue, Art Nouveau Gallery, New York, USA

Unfathomable, Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

2011

Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France

2008

Laboratorio, La Cuadra Creativa Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

2004

Galerie Lavignes Bastilles, Paris, France

1994

Ralleigh Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

1993

Sala de Arte del Sur, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela

1987

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofi Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

Galería Sotavento, Caracas, Venezuela

1983

Bloomingdales, Bergoff Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Sacks Fifth Avenue, New York, USA

1982

Novo Arts Gallery, New York, USA

1981

Art et Industrie Gallery, New York, USA

1980

Slash 80, Cayman Gallery, New York, USA

1978

Centro de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Artbo 2018 - Galeria RGR + ART Oct 25-28 - Bogota, Colombia.

Zona Maco Mexico Arte Contemporaneo - February 2018 - Galeria RGR + ART-Mexico

Galerie Pascal Janssens - Cape Town Art Fair - February 2018 - Cape town South Africa.

London Exhibition - Structurally Scrumptious - Bel Air Fine Art- Oct 5 - Nov 5, London.

Encounters Art Space - May 4th - Brighton.

Ascaso Gallery - Art Miami 2018 - Miami Fl

Galeria RGR + ART- Art Miami 2018 - Miami Fl

Art Scape Lab - Art Miami 2018 - Miami Fl

Parmigiani Fleurier - Monumental Sculpture - December 2018 - Design District, Miami F

2017

Museo de Bellas Artes, Magda Arria. Lima Peru.

Zona Maco, Galeria RGR+ART (Venezuela), Mexico DF

Art Marbella. Proyecto Contemporaneo. Marbella Spain.

Art Madrid. Proyecto Contemporaneo. Madrid Spain.

Dialogos Contemporaneos. Proyecto Contemporaneo. Madrid Spain.

FNB Joburg Art Fair. Contemporary African Art. Pascal Janssens Galerie, Ghent, Belgium.

Venice Biennale. Galerie Bel Air Fine Art. Venice, San Marco.

ICFF. Tranter-Sinni Gallery. Miami Florida.

Luxury Living. Miami Florida.

Miso Chic. Miami Symphony Orchestra. Adrienne Arsht Center. Miami Florida.

“Illusions artistiques” - Centre culturel de la ville de Guyancourt - France. Galerie Rauchfeld Paris, France.

Art Miami. Galeria RGR+ART (Venezuela), Mexico DF

Rolex Boutique Luxury Swiss. Miami Florida.

Luxury Living. Miami Florida.

2016

Zona Maco, Galeria RGR+ART (Venezuela), Mexico DF

LA Art Show, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris)

Lille Art Fair, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris)

Context New York, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris)

Art Wynwood, Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, USA, Miami

Pinta 2016, Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, USA, Miami

2015

Art Paris, Pascal Janssens Galerie, Ghent, Belgium

Art Miami New York, Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, USA, Miami

Art London, Pascal Janssens Galerie, Ghent, Belgium

Seattle Art Fair , Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, USA, Miami

Art Aspen, m+v ART (Miami), Aspen, USA

Art Houston, Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, USA, Miami
Art Palm Beach, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris) Miami, USA
Art Miami, Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, USA, Miami
Art Miami, Galerie Bernd Lausberg (Düsseldorf), Miami
Zona Maco, Galeria RGR+ART (Venezuela), Mexico DF
Lille Art Fair, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris)

 

2014

Art Houston, Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, USA
Art Silicon, RGR+Art (Venezuela), San Francisco
Art Silicon, Galerie Bernd Lausberg (Düsseldorf), San Francisco
Sofa Chicago, Galerie Bernd Lausberg (Düsseldorf), Chicago
Art Miami, Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, USA, Miami
Art Miami, Galerie Bernd Lausberg (Düsseldorf), Miami
Art Elysees, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris)
Art Palm Beach, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris) Miami, USA

Mia Sea Fair, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris) Miami, USA/p>

Zona Maco, Galeria RGR+ART (Venezuela), Mexico DF

Art Wynwood, Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

Art Wynwood, Galerie Bernd Lausberg (Düsseldorf), Miami, USA

Art Aspen, m+v ART (Miami), Aspen, USA

2013

Art Wynwood, Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

ArteAmerica, Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

Art Paris, Pascal Janssens Galerie (Ghent), Paris, France

Pinta London, LGM Arte Internacional (Bogota), London, UK

Art Southamptons, Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami), Southampton, USA

Art Ghent, Pascal Janssens Galerie, Ghent, Belgium

Feria Iberoamericana de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

Art Aspen, m+v ART (Miami), Aspen, USA

Houston Fine Art Fair, Art Nouveau (Miami), Houston, USA

Korean International Art Fair, LGM Arte Internacional (Bogota), Seoul, Korea

Pinta New York, Art Nouveau (Miami), New York, USA

Art Miami, Art Nouveau, Miami, USA

Abu Dhabi Art, Art Sawa, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2012

Art Wynwood, Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

The Armory Show, Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami), New York, USA

ArteAmerica, Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

Art Paris, Pascal Janssens Galerie (Ghent), Paris, France

Pinta London, Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami), London, UK

Art Southamptons, Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami), Southampton, USA

Art Houston, Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami), Houston, USA

Art Ghent, Pascal Janssens Galerie, Ghent, Belgium

Pinta New York, Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami), New York, USA

Art Miami, Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

Art Toronto, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

Feria Iberoamericana de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

Art Bruxelles, Pascal Janssens Galerie (Ghent), Brussels, Belgium

Art Cologne, Lausberg Contemporary (Dusseldorf), Cologne, Germany

25th Anniversary Exhibition, Art Nouveau Gallery, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Art Shanghai, LGM Arte Internacional (Bogota), Shanghai, China

Korea International Art Fair, LGM Arte Internacional (Bogota), Seoul, Korea

Perspectivas del arte latinoamericano 1950-2012, Beijing Art Museum of Imperial City, Beijing, China

2011

MIA Art Fair - Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

ArteAmérica - Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

Pinta Art Fair - LGM Gallery (Bogota), London, UK

Pinta Art Fair, Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami) New York, USA

Houston Art Fair, Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami), Houston, USA

Art Miami, Lausberg Contemporary (Toronto), Miami, USA

Art Toronto, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

Art Toronto, Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Art Cologne, Lausberg Contemporary (Dusseldorf), Cologne, Germany

Art Bruxelles, Pascal Janssens Galerie, (Ghent) Brussels, Belgium

Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela

2010

"Beyong Painting", Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

"A Collective Sum", Ideobox Artspace, Miami, USA

"Espacio Otro"/ Alternate Space, Galería Cayón, Madrid, Spain

"Geometric Abstraction & Kinetic Art", Pascal Janssens Galerie, Ghent, Belgium

"Relief & Sculpture", Art Nouveay Gallery, Miami, USA

"Pequeña Escala"/ Small Scale, Galería la Cuadra. Caracas, Venezuela

Arte América, Gabriela Benaim Gallery (Caracas), Miami, USA

Art Chicago, Lausberg Contemporary (Toronto), Chicago, USA

Art Chicago, Rukaj Gallery (Toronto), Chicago, USA

Art Toronto, Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Art Miami, Lausberg Contemporary (Toronto), Miami, USA

Art Miami, Art Nouveau Gallery, Miami, USA

ArtBo, Bogota, Colombia

2009

Art Miami, represented by Dotfiftyone Gallery, Miami, USA

Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, Cometa Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

ArtBo, Bogota, Colombia

Galerie Lavigne Bastilles, Paris, France

2008

Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela

Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France

Galerie Lavignes Bastille, Paris, France

Chicago Art Fair, USA

2007

Expo Capuy Homenaje al Cuadrado, Caracas, Venezuela

Expo Obra Monumental, La Cuadra Creativa Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Arte Bogota, Graphis CB2 Gallery, Bogota, Colombia

Galerie Lavignes Bastille, Paris, France

Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France

Museum Shanghai Sculpture Space, China

Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela

Art Nouveau Gallery, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Alternative Space Exhibition, Chicago, USA

2006

II Geometric Art Exhibition, Espacio de Artes Yumares, Caracas, Venezuela

Art Miami, Miami, USA

Arte Americas, Miami, USA

Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France

Galerie Lavignes Bastille, Paris, France

Art Nouveau Gallery, Maracaibo, Venezuela

2005

Art Miami, Miami, USA

Arte Americas, Miami, USA

Galerie Deprez-Bellorget, Paris, France

Galerie Lavigne Bastilles, Paris, France

Toronto International Art Fair, Canada

2004

Espacio Cultural Capuy, Caracas, Venezuela

Art + Gallery, Miami, USA

Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela

Art Nouveau Gallery, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Galeire D´arte Conteporain et Moderne, Paris, France

Galerie Deprez – Bellorget, Paris, France

Arte America, Miami, USA

2002

Art Miami, Felipe Grimberg, USA

Palm Beach Art Fair, Felipe Grimberg, USA

30x30 Exhibition, Grupo Li Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada

Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2001

Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, represented by Hector Iguini, Caracas, Venezuela

Toronto International Art Fair, represented by Moros Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Guest artist, IV Bienal Barro de América, Centro de Arte Lía Bermúdez, Maracaibo, Venezuela

2000

Senderos Escultóricos, Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela

Moros Gallery, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Arte Tres Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Ocre Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Díaz Mancini Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Dimaca Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

1999

Dimaca Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

La Cuadra Creativa Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Santa Fé Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Grupo Li Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Moros Gallery, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Graphics CB2 Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

 

AWARDS

1992

Condecoración de la Excelentisima Diputado Provincial de la Frontera granted by Spain for his sculpture
"Tercer Horizonte" in commemoration of the 500 years of the discovery of the Americas

1982

CANTV I Salón Nacional de Escultura, Museo de Arte de Barquisimeto, Venezuela
II Bienal de Artes Visuales, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

1981

Salón de Jóvenes Artistas, Sofía Imber Contemporary Art Museum, Caracas, Venezuela

1980

Bolsa de Trabajo de la Gobernación del Distrito Federal, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

1963

Nacional de Pintura Juvenil, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 

Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada 
Carmenn Lamanna Foundation, Toronto, Canada 
Museo de Esculturas al aire libre, Alcalá de Henares, España 
Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela 
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela