J O H A N B A R R I O S
Artist Reception: Friday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Anya Tish Gallery is pleased to announce Monólogo, a solo exhibition of new work by Johan Barrios, a Colombian artist now living and working in Houston. This is Barrios’ second solo exhibition with Anya Tish Gallery. Monólogo features paintings that convey the paradoxical dimensions of one-self. Barrios' work has surreal and cinematic qualities with a haunting aesthetic that is at once captivating and unsettling.
“For me, all the pieces that are part of this project called Monólogo are the result of questioning what we call identity. All these self-portraits try to give an irrational look at how we are exposed to a symbolic solitude that distances us from any collective system. From my perspective, these figures are a replacement for a certain emotion that can often be related to fears and failures and become vulnerable to the conflicts that arise in the work itself creating a wider range of questions between image and spectators.” - Johan Barrios
Johan Barrios, born in 1982, is one of the most technically accomplished painters of his generation. Barrios’ work provokes the unique ability to make us feel and sympathize with his images invoking a harmony of the imagination and cognitive thought. Using himself as his own model he creates psychological portraits full of contradictions, doubt, beauty and anxiety, that exist between the surface of the canvas and trompe l’oeil illusion. Barrios pays close attention to every detail, expertly rendering muscle tone, hands, fabric wrinkles and flyaway hairs. He effortlessly translates light and shadow, executing his pieces with the proficiency of old masters. Depicted in a state of suspended tension, the subject has no identity, no narrative, no location, yet carries a diffused emotional resonance that addresses existential issues such as loneliness, self-discovery, intimacy and fragility.
Johan Barrios received his Masters in Fine Arts from the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, and has since exhibited across the globe in such major cities as Zürich, Switzerland; New York City, New York; Barcelona, Spain; Cologne, Germany; Montreal, Canada; Los Angeles, California; and Denmark. His work has been featured in numerous renowned print and online publications, including ArtMaze, HI FRUCTOSE, Minus 37, The Jealous Curator, and Juxtapoz Arts and Culture Magazine.