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