Bio

Rafael Barrios is a Venezuelan born in 1947 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. Having studied Fine Arts in Canada, the United States, and Venezuela, his artistic career dates back to a very early age. Barrios studied drawing and painting at the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas, Venezuela, which led him to achieve his first recognition with the “National Youth Painting” award 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 “Arte Puro” and “Communication and Design”. He received a scholarship from New York University (USA) to attend its Graduate Program in “Fine Arts” and “Monumental Sculpture Techniques”.

Throughout his career as an artist, Rafael Barrios has worked as an art director for UNESCO, as a creative consultant for “Latin Touch” film creations, as well as a set designer for Chris Von Wangenheim in Vogue and Esquire magazines in New York, United States. He was a Professor of “Three-Dimensional and Advertising” at the Neumann Design Foundation in Caracas, Venezuela; set designer for the presentation of “DanzaHoy” at Expo-Seville, Spain; and set designer for Hervé Leger in his show “Carrouselle du Louvre” in Paris, France.

Many of his pieces can be found in public spaces, such as the Murals of the Polar Foundation in Caracas; Art and Industry, New York; Coca-Cola International Headquarters in New York; Monumental Sculptures at the Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas by Sofia Imber; Headquarters of Banco Consolidado (now CorpBanca) in Caracas; Seguros Venezuela Building in Caracas; and the headquarters of Procter & Gamble in Caracas. Rafael Barrios has exhibited in the United States, Europe, South America, and other countries in Latin America, as well as in the Middle East. His work can be found in permanent collections at the Ontario Art Gallery and the Carmen Lammana Foundation in Toronto, Canada; the National Art Gallery of Caracas; the Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas by Sofia Imber; the private collections of SAR Don Juan Carlos de Borbón, King of Spain (Levitating Symmetry); and the collection of SAR Gloria, Princess of Germany.

 

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Work

Acrobática perforada, 2016

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Levitation II, 2019

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Mural, 2015

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Nimbus Levitante, 2015

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Dislocated Vertical, 2020

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Flight, 2013

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Mobile Espiral Fractal, 2019

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Nimbus Inversa, 2013

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Curved Flight, 2017

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Rasant, 2020

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Juggle, 2022

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Nimbus, 2015

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Mobile Fractal Spiral, 2021

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Malabarismo Vertical, 2016

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Nimbus, 2015

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Pause, 2023

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Pause, 2023

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Centrifuga Levitante, 2023

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Juggling, 2023

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Levitation, 2019

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Juggle, 2022

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