About the artist (1954)
Barrera is an artist who commands a variety of media. He regularly makes clever art historical references and drives his art in such a way that his purposefully ambiguous creations could be regarded as ironic statements or subtle homages. One of Barrera’s most acclaimed large scale series of works produced in the 1980’s, entitled Landscapes, shows assembled pieces that take the landscape genre into the realm of abstraction. Another intriguing work entitled Series 10,n.6. Zurbarán: lemons, oranges and roses of 1991 is a three dimensional replica of a painting by the famous 17th century artist Francisco Zurbarán. Barrera’s sculptural, whitewashed rendition has recontextualised the classical work in a most extraordinary fashion. These are just two examples that show the artist’s conceptual wit, whilst maintaining high artistic standards.
Some awards the artist received include the FAD (El Foment de les Arts i del Disseny) first prize, Barcelona, 2001; 3e Bienale of art of the Rafael Boti foundation, 2001.