Welcome to the Art Gallery of Diego Barboza
1945-2003

Award Winning International Artist 

Diego Barboza

Diego Barboza - 1945-2003

  

Diego Barboza was born the Carabobo street of Maracaibo, Venezuela on February 4, 1945. He was a Venezuelan Neo Figurative Painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history. Diego Barboza opened a new chapter in Latin America, beyond the surreal or the magical realism of the Modern Latin American Masters. He created a new language of dislocation and transgression. Personages became distorted to the point that was very exaggerated forms “His figures twisted and contorted without losing their presence or their pull. Extremities muscles, and bones burst into an explosive compound of divergent and convergent lines. Through eruptive brushstrokes and fractured outlines. Barboza created a world of illusions.


Barboza was born into a upper-middle-class family. He drew as a child and was serious, quit and thoughtful. He grew up into a very religious family, and he use to help with the activities of the church when he was 12 years old. He started loving art at 7 years old (he at that age use to say he only wanted to be a famous artist). He stopped going to school at 12 years old, and he registered himself at the School of Visual Art in the City of Maracaibo Venezuela 

  

Barboza studied at the School of Visual Arts in Caracas, Venezuela as well at the London College of Printing, London UK from 1965 to 1968. Barboza presented his first individual exhibition at the Centro de Bellas Artes of Maracaibo Venezuela. In 1963, he traveled to London when the Conceptual Art movement started, he had the support of the London New Art Lab Gallery. On March 7, 1970 Barboza displayed his first work on Conceptual Art, which he called Art of Action. In London with the performance of 30 Girls with nets (30 Muchachas con redes). His second work was Nets and Hats in markets and restaurants (Con sombreros y redes en mercados y restaurants). In London UK. His third The Centerpiece (El Ciempies) and the fourth Expression on a laundry-mat (Expresiones en una lavanderia) 

In 1974. Baboza returned to Venezuela. Where he presented two very important Conceptual Art works: The Armadillo Box (La Caja del Cachicamo) and from the School of Athens to the New School of Caracas (De la Escuela de Atenas a la Nueva Escuela de Caracas). Closing his cycle of Conceptual Art creation.


“Barboza is recognized one of the first true pioneers of Conceptual Art”

The Greater London Arts Association and the Arts Council of Great Britain did several exhibitions of (North, Central, South, London, Wales, Scotland and Ulster) to show the actual Visual Arts in all of the United Kingdom and Diego Barboza was invited for this event with a solo exhibition, expressions around a cylinder (Expresiones alrededor de un cilindro). 


Diego has made numerous solo and group exhibitions, obtaining rewards since 1963. He is represented in the most important museums of Venezuela, as well as in England, Brazil, Colombia and Cuba. In 1986 he was awarded the Municipal Visual Arts Award of the Municipal Council of the Federal District and in 1997 he received the National Prize for Plastic Arts granted by the National Council of Culture, CONAC. 

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Exhibitions

Individual Exhibitions

1963

Centro de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela

1964

Galería Pez Dorado, Caracas, Venezuela

1965

Ateneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

1967

Ateneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

1970

The London Art News, London, Great Britain

1974

Galería BANAP, Caracas, Venezuela

1977

Galería Gaudì, Maracaibo, Venezuela

1980

Centro de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela

1986

Centro de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela

1987

Centro de Arte Euroamericano, Caracas, Venezuela

1990

Galería Tito Salas, Caracas, Venezuela

1991

Centro de Arte Euroamericano, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Sala Banco de Maracaibo, Maracaibo, Venezuela

1992

Sala Gobernación del D.F, Caracas, Venezuela

Ambrosino Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

1993

Galería Uno, Caracas, Venezuela

1994

Galería Félix, Caracas, Venezuela

Galería Namia Mondolfi, Caracas, Venezuela

1995

Galería Odalys, Caracas, Venezuela

1996

Galería Juan Ruiz, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Galería de Arte Moderno, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

1997

Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

1998

Galería Medicci, Caracas, Venezuela

1999

Galería Medicci, Caracas, Venezuela


2000

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Maracay Mario Abreu

Diego Barboza: El Festín de la Nostalgia (Retrospective)


2001

Museo de Arte Comtemporáneo del Zulia, Caracas, Venezuela

Diego Barboza: El Festín de la Nostalgia (Retrospective)


2001

Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

Diego Barboza: El Festín de la Nostalgia (Retrospective)


2001

Galería Medicci, Caracas, Venezuela

Collective Exhibitions

1964

Ateneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

1965

Ateneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

Salón Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela

1966

Ateneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

1968

Salón Oficial Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela 

1971

Art Spectrum London, London, Great Britain

1972

Serpentine Gallery, London, Great Britain

Midland Group Gallery, London, Great Britain

1973

Midland Group Gallery, London, Great Britain

Ateneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

Slón Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela

1974

Galería BANAP, Caracas, Venezuela

1975

Casa de Las Américas, La Habana, Cuba

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas

Galería de Arte Nuevo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1976

Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Museo de la Tertulia, Cali, Colombia

Bienal de Venecia, Venecia, Italy

1979

Centro de Artes y Comunicacion, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1980

Galería NBC, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

1981

Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Medellín, Colombia 

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

1983

Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

1984

Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

1986

Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Arte La Rinconada, Caracas, Venezuela

1987

Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

1988

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela

1989

Galería Venzor, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

MACSI, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Arte La Rinconada, Caracas, Venezuela

1990

Museo Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile

1991

Exposición Itinerante - Europe-USA .

1992

Ambrosino Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

1993

Museo de Arte de Petare, Caracas, Venezuela

Centro de Arte Lia Bermúdez, Maracaibo, Venezuela

1994

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

MACSI, Caracas, Venezuela

Galería Namia Mondolfi, Caracas, Venezuela

1995

Galería Art Nouveau, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Galería Cesar Sassòn, Caracas, Venezuela

Maremares Resort, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Galería Durban, Caracas, Venezuela

Galería Odalys, Caracas, Venezuela

1996

Centro de Arte Grupo Li, Caracas, Venezuela

Galería Uno, Caracas, Venezuela

Centro Cultural Consolidado, Caracas, Venezuela

Espacios Unión, Caracas, Venezuela

Hebraica, Caracas, Venezuela

1997

Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela 

Sociedad Dramática, Maracaibo, Venezuela, Venezuela

Centro de Arte Grupo Li, Caracas

CELARG, Caracas, Venezuela

Galería Ocre Arte, Caracas, Venezuela

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo , Maracay, Venezuela

Galería Medicci, Caracas, Venezuela

Awards

1963 

Premio Estímulo - IX Salón d’Empaire, Maracaibo, Venezuela

1964

Premio José Ortìn Rodríguez - X Salón d’Empaire, Maracaibo, Venezuela

1965

Primer Premio de Dibujo - III Salón Pez Dorado, Caracas, Venezuela

1968

Premio Henrique Otero Vizcarrondo - XXIV Salón Oficial Anual de Arte Venezolano Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

1973

Premio Emilio Boggio - XXXI Salón de Arte Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela

1974

Premio Antonio Edmundo Monsanto - XXXII Salón de Arte Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela

1985

Premio de Arte No Objetual - XLIII Salón de Arte Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela

1986

Premio Municipal de Artes Visuales - Consejo Municipal, Caracas, Venezuela

1997

Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas - CONAC 

Displayed In

National Art Gallery of Caracas, Venezuela

Museum of Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela

Museum of ContemporaryArt, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Museum of Graphics Art, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Museum of Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

Center of Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela


Central Bank of Venezuela

Salon Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela

CONAC, Caracas, Venezuela


Bolivar’s House, La Habana, Cuba

Center of Graphic learning, Caracas, Venezuela

University Simòn Rodríguez, Caracas, Venezuela


BANAP, Caracas


Midland Group Gallery, London, Great Britain

Consejo Municipal, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Consejo Municipal, Caracas, Venezuela

Municipal Gallery of Art, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

Center of Art Euroamerican, Caracas, Venezuela

Namia Mondolfi Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Medicci Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

Contact Us

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Doris Spencer Barboza 

Widow of Diego Barboza


&


Arelis Spencer Quirk

 Art Representative


&


Patrick Xavier Quirk

Art Representative 

Diego Barboza Art Gallery

Miami, Florida, United States

ArtistBarboza@gmail.com

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