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Rafael Barrios Arias

Baton Rouge, USA 1947

Education

1982

Master Degree, Art and Existential Philosophy, New York University, USA

1973

Bachelor Degree in Art, Communication and Design, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada

1970

College Degree, Art Mention, Ashbury College, Otawa, Canada

1963

Drawing and Art classes, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Art Education Career

1992

Seminar Fuentes y Obstrucciones al Arte, Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA), Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela

1982

Conference The thin line between Art and Design, New York University, USA

1974-77

Advertising and 3D Design, Instituto de Diseño Newmann, Caracas, Venezuela

1973

Art Director for the project The Toronto Idea, Toronto Architects Association, Canada

1972

Art Director for UNESCO

Solo Exhibitions

2016

LA Art Show, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris)

2016 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

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

London Art Fair, Galerie Rauchfeld (Paris)

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

1998

International exhibition Three decades of Venezuelan Sculptures, Middle East tour

1996

Bienal de Artes Visuales Mercosur, Porto Alegre, Brazil

1995

Guest artist, VII Bienal de Escultura, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Francisco Narváez, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela

Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, represented by Grupo Li Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

1994

II Bienal Barro de América, Sofía Imber Contemporary Art Museum, Caracas, Venezuela

Art Miami, Miami, Florida,USA

1991

I Feria Iberoamericana de Arte, Graphics CB2 Gallery, Caracas,Venezuela

1990

Panorama de las Artes Visuales en Venezuela, Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

1989

Ernst Alexander Gallery, Washington, USA

1988

Casa Bonita, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

1987

La Conquista del Espacio, Espacio Alterno K18, VIII Documenta, Kassel, Germany

1984

I Bienal de Escultura, Francisco Narváez Contemporary Art Museum, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela

Nuevas Tendencias del Mueble, Art et Industrie Gallery, New York, USA

1983

Salón Nacional de Jóvenes Artistas, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

Casa Guipuzcoana, La Guaria, Venezuela

1982

I Salón Nacional de Escultura, Museo de Arte de Barquisimeto, Barquisimento, Venezuela

II Bienal de Artes Visuales, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

1981

Evaluation of the last decade of contemporary art, Sorrento, Italia Expo Art, Bari, Italia

1979

Art et Industrie Gallery, New York, USA

1974

Ontario College of Art, Canada

1973

Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada

Ontario College of Art, Canada

1972

Ontario College of Art, Canada

11th Annual Art Show, Toronto, Canada

1971

Arts and letters Club, Toronto, Canada

Private Collections

Don Juan Carlos de Borbón, King of Spain
Gloria Von Untaxis, Princess of Germany
Movilnet, Caracas, Venezuela
World Bank, Caracas, Venezuela
Jesús Soto
Fundación Cultural Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela
Citgo, Thompson Brothers, Houston, Texas, USA
Electricidad de Caracas, Venezuela
Banco Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Art et Industrie Gallery, New York, USA
Coca-Cola International, New York, EEUU
Gustavo and Patricia Cisneros
Miguel Haussman
Eduardo Bolber
Carlos and Mercedes Zuloaga
Juan Carlos Escotet
Procter & Gamble, Caracas, Venezuela
Kazumi Yoshida
Skuli Mogensen, WOWAir, Reykjavik, Iceland
Dimensional Fund Advisors, Austin, Texas
Robert and Soledad Hurst, Aspen, Colorado
Hidalgo Socorro
Braulio Perez

Permanent 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

Monumental Sculptures

2014

Nimbus Levitante, Naples Wine Festival, Naples, USA

2009

Tapis, Midtown Miami, USA

Triphasique, Midtown Miami, USA

2006

Rising Horizons, Sunny Isles, Miami, USA

2003

Vertical Dislocado, Universidad de los Andes, Merida, Venezuela

Levitation, Murano Grande Building by Philippe Starck, Miami Beach, USA

1997

Tercer Horizonte II, Carupano, Venezuela

1994

Vertical dislocado en tres tiempos, Miranda State Goverment, Venezuela

1993

Vertical dislocado, Kristine Building, Caracas, Venezuela

1992

Tercer Horizonte, La Fontanilla Park, Palos de la Frontera, Spain

Levitación apocalíptica proyectada, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela

1991

Apocalipsis levita, Banco Provincial Presidency, Caracas, Venezuela

1990

Trazos del nimbo, Seguros Venezuela Building, Caracas, Venezuela

1988

Horizontes ascendentes, CorpBanca Building, Caracas, Venezuela

1985

Levitación I, Plaza Sucre Metro Station, Caracas, Venezuela

1983

Obelisco levitante, Interalúmina, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela

1980

Apocalipsis levitante, Sofía Imber Contemporary Art Museum, Caracas, Venezuela

Triphasique, Midtown Miami, USA

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

Biography

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 honors 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 Pronvicial 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 carreer 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 th 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 Simetry); 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.

Texts

"As long as we insist on proposing virtual reality as a simulation or a representation of universal identity, we are making the same academic mistake made when affirming that painting is destined to fixate a moment of reality, without realizing that not even photography, which is considered as the nearest invention that allows us to catch instantaneity, escapes the temporal value between the fixation of the stimulus, and the time of its preception.

Let us remind ourselves of Heraclitus' river, and Plato's caverns: seemingly contradictory images, but both of which cause us to reflect upon the fact that we only gain knowledge of a reality through its projection.

Today, we receive the light of stars that disappeared millions of years ago. Is that image not a part of our real world?

Therefore, art shall be closer to the truth as long as its contents incorporate the virtual as a sublime fact.

And it is such virtual volumes of Rafael Barrios' work that encourage my imagination."

Jesús Soto

Publications

2014

El venezolano de Panamá
Cultura y Espectáculos
March 24, 2014
Pages. 14 and 15

 

2013

The Frost Art Museum / New Sculpture Addition

The Frost Art Museum has a new addition to the Sculpture Park! Dislocated Vertical by Rafael Barrios was a gift by the artist and Art Nouveau Gallery to the Frost Art Museum. Rafael Barrios has been recognized as one of the most innovative contemporary Latin American artists. He often experiments with form and volume, intending to trick the eye.

Rafael Barrios Dislocated Vertical, Ed. 1/3, 2012 Handmade lacquered steel 156 x 118 inches

Gift of the Artist and Art Nouveau Gallery, Photo by Alex Garcia

2012

2007

The National Newspaper Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Magazine Notitarde Section reverse letter Pages 4 and 5, November 18, 2007

2001

Magazine Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts Magazine

Years 2000/2001, Volume 8, Issue 4, Pages: 78, 79 and 80

1999

Venezuelan Sculpture in three decades

Florida Design

Living Well Magazine, October, Number 59, Pages 40-45

1998

Florida Desing

1997

collective Harvest
From June 22 to August 31
Li-Art Group

Architectural Digest Magazine
April

1996

Li Group Arts Center
Fia 96

1995

InforMetro, No. 144
insert additional

1994

Individual Rafael Barrios Esculturas

1991

Levitating Centrifuge
Latin American Art Fair Caracas

El Nacional

Tuesday, 29 January

Avensa Horizons
number 33
Pages 44,45 and 47

1990

Your Newspaper Excellence

October

Roberto Guevara

The Arts

Sunday Plus

May 13, Pag 7

1989

Style magazine
April, May, June
Page 30

1988

Style magazine
September, October

Pages 8 and 9

1987

sculptures November 29 / December 31

Sotavento

Postmodern art

Rafael Barrios Sculptures

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas Sofía Imber

The Daily Journal

March 26

Page 16

Madelyn Farr

Black Tie

July 25

Page 9

El Universal

Cultural body

April 5

03/11/87

El Nacional

March 24

C/14 Art

El Universal

March 13
body 4

Journal of El Nacional (Pandora)

September 5
Pages 10 and 11

Architektur and Wohnen No 2

1985

Artist Desingn Furniture magazine / Denise Domergue

1984

Locals

New York

Página 12

1983

Architektur & Wohnen magazine

I hit parade(magazine)

"Gravity and Grace"

New York

1982

Progressive architectura

1981

Madmoiselle

Vogue

Pop eye

Japan

1980

Rafael Barrios

Sept. 17 / Oct 11

New York

Soho News

New York

Octuber 15/21

Pages 44 / 45

1979

El Universal

July 7
cultural 1-23

1978

Germany

1977

Rafael Barrios in Maracaibo Arts Center
September

1973

Art Gallery of Ontario

24 March/ 23 April

Toronto

Gerbe y Maire

Toronto

March 3

1971

Globe + mail

Toronto

Canada