William Barbosa

Ocaña, Colombia, 1955

Self-taught sculptor worked in the metallurgy field before devoting himself to visual arts. Since 1975 he lives and works in Venezuela, where he began to experiment around volumes and sculptural spaces, using boundary lines that delimit and simultaneously unfold modular structures. In the late seventies and early eighties, he entrenched the use of metal in his pieces, especially aluminum and steel, which gives to his work a remarkable Industrial aura. Barbosa co-founded in Venezuela the MADI Group (Movement-Abstraction-Dimension-Invention) inspired by the one originally founded in Buenos Aires in 1946 and led by the figures like Carmelo Arden Quin and Gyula Kosice, whose works emphasize the pure forms of geometric art, non-figurative and with constructive and universal values. The contact with MADI exerts a great influence on Barbosa’s production, which is manifested in the use of the line as axis, around which gravitates the poetic organization of his sculptures. The interceptions of planes and volumes of intense plasticity are combined with angles and bends that print on them a neo-constructivist spirit. His three-dimensional pieces dialectically exploit the principles of expansion and weightlessness to reflect on the subject’s relationship with their living environment. Among his most important personal exhibitions highlight: William Barbosa. Sculptures, Durban Segnini Gallery (Caracas, Venezuela, 2006); Puertas, Museo de la Estampa y del Diseño Carlos Cruz-Diez (Caracas, Venezuela, 2002); Geometrismo escultórico, Saint-Charles de Rose Gallery (Paris, France, 1997); Meza Fine Art Gallery (Miami, USA, 1995). His works are part of important collections of public and private institutions in Latin America, the USA, and Europe, among which are the Museum of Latin American Art (Los Angeles, USA); Collection of the City of Geneva (Switzerland); Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia (Maracaibo, Venezuela) and MADI Museum & Gallery (Texas, USA).