ARTMAZE MAGAZINE. 2017


A prostrate figure lies obscured behind a row of pot plants, a man balances upside down in a headstand facing towards a wall, a woman’s hand is submerged in a glass of water. This is the kind of surreal subject matter that characterizes Colombian-born artist Johan Barrios’ hyper-realistic artwork. Working in drawing and painting, Johan’s work has a haunting quality about it. This is in part the result of the uncanny compositions, but also the medium. Johan is interested in the relationship between photographs and painting. In his practice the two mediums become interwoven and interchangeable. Johan explains: “The photographic action is perpetuated by the painting, which the eyes of the spectator explore in order to recognize, amongst the bodies, the existence of an abstract landscape and the framing of the object that accompanies the scene but which maintains its independent character.”

ARTMAZE MAGAZINE

 

HI FRUCTOSE. 2017


HI FRUCTOSE. 2017

Johan Barrios, a Colombian mixed-media artist, uses graphite, oils, watercolor, and other materials in his figurative works, all carrying surreal abstractions that evoke mystery and quiet drama. There’s a potent blend of tension and tactile intrigue in the artist’s work

HI FRUCTOSE

THE JELAUS CURATOR. 2017


Gasp! Effortlessly loose, precisely realistic … and that dreamy, ice creamy palette … oh, so beautiful. I wrote about the graphite work of Colombian artist Johan Barrios last year, but when I saw these gorgeous, large-scale oil paintings for his upcoming show in Houston, well, obviously post no.2 started writing itself! 

THE JELAUS CURATOR

EJERCICIOS DE RUPTURA. GALERIA VICTOR LOPE. BARCELONA

EJERCICIOS DE RUPTURA. SOLO SHOW AT GALERIA VICTOR LOPE IN BARCELONA

Opening July 2nd 18:00 

The first individual exhibition of the colombian artist, Johan Barrios, it is opening at the Gallery Victor Lope on the 2nd of july, 2015. His last work, “Ejercicios de ruptura”, it is composed by a series of pieces in which Johan investigates drawing’s expressive possibilities, the leitmotiv of his art work is the image in itself. On this occasion he talks about rupture, transgresion. He uses the portrayed characters, which are almost inanimates, as an excuse to make visible the modifications that are produced in the image by the elements found in the space where it is constructed. The role of his protagonists is a performative one. The people are transformed into compositional elements of the image, elements that exist to create a change, a movement, a line, an atmosphere, an object that can be transferred to the graphic universe. Johan explains that, “Ejercicios de ruptura it is a reflection about the transformation, the trangresion and the absence of the image in an ambiguous territory, as a metaphor of the immediate”. 

"METÓDO" Solo Show - Catalogue. 2015.