Rafael Barrios Baton Rouge, Luisiana, USA., b. 1947.


He studied art, communication and design at Ashbury College, Ottawa and the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Canada. In 1982 he received a Postgraduate Diploma in Art and Philosophy from the University of New York. He has obtained several national and international prizes, among others: the “Sculpture Award” Ernesto Avellán Hall; the “McLean Foundation Scholarship”, the highest award offered by the Ontario College of Art, in Canada. He has also worked in the conception of sets for Chris Von Wangenheim in Vogue and Esquire magazines of New York as well as for dance shows (“Danza Hoy”, expo-Sevilla, Spain, 1992) and fashion shows in Paris. He has been Art Director for UNESCO.


Rafael Barrios plays with shapes, altering the laws of geometry to suspend volumes in space. His sculptures are characterized by breaking with orthodox directionality, thus opening new possibilities for perception.


His works are featured in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario; Carmen Lammana Foundation, Toronto; National Art Gallery, Caracas; Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas; Collection of King Don Juan Carlos de Borbón, Spain; Collection of Princess Gloria Von Thurrell Untaxis, Germany. Many of his works are part of the urban landscape in Venezuela and other countries of the world.