Born in 1947
In 40 years of artistic career, Barrios has participated in more than 100 exhibits, both solo and collective, in some of the most important art centers in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the middle East. His impressive works are found in permanent collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Carmmen Lammana Foundation in Toronto, Canada, as well as the Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum in Caracas, Venezuela. In addition, his sculptures are amongst important private collections such as the King of Spain, Don Juan Carlos de Borbón, and Princess Gloria Von Thurrell Untaxis of Germany.
Rafael Barrios’ work has been characterized from the beginning by the alteration of the observers’ perceptive mental state, manipulating form with the intention of dislocating our convictions about what we believe to see, Barrios creates a territory where the laws of gravity de not exist, one in which objects rise freely over themselves and where volume moves into space. With this, he destroys our false beliefs about what is possible and we question our ties to what which is terrestrial.