Alvaro Barrios

Alvaro Barrios is known for his heterogeneous work, much influenced by Surrealism, Pop art and Conceptual art. He draws upon the popular culture theme of comic books by including text in his compositions, bold lines and vivid colors. Since the 1970s, Barrios work has been much influenced by the art of Marcel Duchamp. In representing fiction characters in relationship with Duchamp objects of modern art, Barrios challenges the imagination and the conscience of the spectator. It is the paradoxical theme and arrangement of his compositions that gives his work a humorous, yet intriguing quality. Barrios was born in Cartagena in 1945. In 1966 he moved to Italy, where he studied at the Universita di Perugia and in la Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia. He has held many important exhibitions throughtout the world, and his work is in numerous private and public collections such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba; the Museum of Modern Art acquired 76 pieces of his series, Grabados Populares, for its Latin American art collection. Barrios currently lives and works in Colombia.

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