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Armando Barrios

It is hard to have something as a favorite since you are a kid. "likes" change with time as you see and try new things in life, but, Armando Barrios has been my favorite painter since day one. 

So, I wanted to share some links and images of his extraordinary work. 



ABOVE: Artist: Armando Barrios, Venezuelan (1920 - 1999) 
Year: 1966 
Title: Figura LII = Figure 52 
Size: 41,5 x 25,5 cm = 16” x 10” 
Medium: Oil on canvas = Oleo sobre tela 

Signed: Lower left = Firmada angulo inferior izquierdo


ABOVE: Artist: Armando Barrios, Venezuelan (1920 - 1999) 
Year: 1957 
Title: Tamboreros (estudio) = Drummers (study) 
Size: 69.85 x 49.53 cm = 27.5” x 19.5” 
Medium: Gouache _ Oil on paper = Gouache _ Oleo sobre papel 

Signed: Lower left = Firmada angulo inferior izquierdo 


Born in Caracas in 1920. He entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Caracas in 1932. During Rómulo Gallegos management as education minister in the government of Eleazar Lopez Contreras, the institution was reformed in 1936 and changed its name to the School of Visual Arts and Applied Arts of Caracas. Antonio Edmundo Monsanto and other leading painters of the generation of the Fine Arts were called to direct and integrate their teaching staff.


At that time Chile came from several teachers hired. Armando Barrios graduated in 1937. He moved to Europe in 1949 and attended the workshop of Jean Dewasne and Edgar Pillet, Paris. In this city began its transition from figurative painting to geometric abstraction. Participated in the group of dissidents.


In 1952 he performed on behalf of the architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva his murals for the University City of Caracas (Rector Square). Between 1956 and 1958 he served as director of the Museum of Fine Arts, which introduced important reforms that built the new art. Among numerous other awards has won the Arturo Michelena, in the Hall of the same name, Valencia, 1947 and the awards John Boulton, Esteban Antonio Frias, Armando Reveron and Official Prize of Painting, Officer in Venezuelan Art Salon.


In 1961 he received the Order of Andrés Bello. Major solo exhibitions: MBA, 1947 and 1948, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, 1958; Sala Mendoza Foundation, 1967 and 1970; Acquavella Gallery, 1965, 1975, 1982; Gallery Freites, 1986, 1989, 1995. In 1977 the HLG presented a retrospective of his work.