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b. 1968, Colombia

Alberto Baraya Biography

Alberto Baraya is best known for his multimedia production, which includes installation, drawing, photography, sculpture and video. He began his career creating ironic self-portraits from appropriated iconic paintings or by forging provocative scenarios. In 2003 he initiated the the on-going series 'Herbário de plantas artificiales', in which he delved into and critiqued the practices of 17th and 18th-century European travellers.

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Baraya undertakes the role of the traveller, replicating the tradition of botanical and anthropological expeditions that were carried out in Europe in the name of science and colonisation. Throughout his travels, the artist collected and catalogued artificial plants, putting into question the tradition of scientific categorisation, taxonomy and the Western fascination for, or perhaps mystification of its colonies.

The artist creates parodies of colonial explorations, using plastic plants or global market ‘residues’ as a means of pointing out their repercussion on today's global affairs.

Alberto Baraya was born in 1968 in Bogotá, where he still lives and works. Among his recent solo shows, we can highlight: Expedición siciliana, at Galería Fernando Pradilla (2019), in Madrid, Spain; Alberto Baraya–Estudios comparados de paisaje, at Espacio Odeón (2017), in Bogotá, Colombia; Ornitologia Bolivariana–La fábula de los pájaros, at Museo Quinta de Bolívar (2015), in Bogotá, Colombia; Expedición México, at Galería Proyecto Paralelo (2014), in Mexico City, Mexico. His works featured in recent group shows: Manifesta 12 Palermo–The European Nomadic Biennial: The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence, Palermo, Italy (2018); Flora, at Stavanger Kunstmuseum (MUST) (2019), in Stavanger, Norway; Modern Nature, at Drawing Room (2019), in London, UK; Le bruit des choses qui tombent, at Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (FRAC PACA) (2017), in Marselha, France; Botany Under Influence, at apexart (2016), in New York, USA; and Naturaleza nominal, at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M) (2015), at Madrid, Spain. His works are included in important collections, such as: Collection Pierre Huber Video and Films, Geneva, Switzerland; Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), University of Essex, Colchester, UK; Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia; Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, USA.

Text courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.

Alberto Baraya Featured Artworks

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Estudos comparados modernistas by Alberto Baraya contemporary artwork
Alberto BarayaEstudos comparados modernistas, 2011Photographs, found objects and drawing on cardboard
200 x 300 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Callithrix jacchus eating Lycium barbarum or L. chinense) by Alberto Baraya contemporary artwork
Alberto BarayaCallithrix jacchus eating Lycium barbarum or L. chinense), 2018Oil paint on canvas, monkey fingerprints
75 x 50 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Dos hermanos desde Leblon by Alberto Baraya contemporary artwork
Alberto BarayaDos hermanos desde Leblon, 2018Oil paint on canvas, stone and rope
35 x 50 x 5 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Pan de azúcar desde Botafogo by Alberto Baraya contemporary artwork
Alberto BarayaPan de azúcar desde Botafogo, 2018Oil on canvas
35 x 50 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
León de Macaco (Ambalema) by Alberto Baraya contemporary artwork
Alberto BarayaLeón de Macaco (Ambalema), 2016Oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Herbário de Plantas Artificiais, A taxonomie by Alberto Baraya contemporary artwork
Alberto BarayaHerbário de Plantas Artificiais, A taxonomie, 2003/2013scaned analogical negatives, digital print on cotton paper
50 x 37 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery

Alberto Baraya Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, #arteconecta at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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2 April–30 June 2020 Group Exhibition #arteconecta Galeria Nara Roesler, São PauloSão Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Arquiteturas do Imaginário at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
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14 February–30 March 2019 Group Exhibition Arquiteturas do Imaginário Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro
Contemporary art exhibition, Alberto Baraya, Estudios Comparados de Paisaje at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
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23 November 2018–9 February 2019 Alberto Baraya Estudios Comparados de Paisaje Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro

Alberto Baraya Represented By

Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Galeria Nara Roesler New York, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

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