Carlos Barrios, born in El Salvador Central America, now lives and works in Queensland. Carlos Barrios grew up exploring remnants of ancient cultures, surrounded by artifacts and art due to his father's career as an archeologist.
“I would stare into them [artifacts] and found myself transported to other dimensions, times and spaces. Everything was talking to me especially clouds and shadows, they seemed to describe a space between reality and fantasy, filled with adventures.”
Carlos Barrios began painting figures and creatures from his imagination at the age of six. However when he was ten, civil war broke out and Barrios found himself illustrating the horrific scenes of war.
“The civil war began when I was ten and lasted over ten years. In this war time madness and normality coexisted. Many nights the electricity was cut and in the candle lit spaces of the house I saw creatures moving and watching us, so I would paint and draw them. As I worked I would watch my hand moving, creating the figures and creatures, I was the onlooker, the witness to this seemingly automatic unfolding of pictures, visual descriptions.”
The main focus of Carlos' artworks are to paint the good he believes is in everyone. This is the reason many of his paintings are filled with figures, “I must paint people”, Barrios explains.
Carlos Barrios has been a finalist in several art prizes including the Blake Prize, Sulman Prize, NSW Plein Air Art Prize and the Fisher Ghost Art Prize.
Carlos Barrios | Flying Lady
191 x 243cm
oil on linen$19,500.00
Carlos Barrios | Place of Dreams
100 x 200cm
mixed media on linen paper laid on linen$12,000.00
Carlos Barrios | People and Naguales (Sacred Animal Spirits)
120 x 120cm
oil on linen$10,000.00
Carlos Barrios | Riding the wave
120 x 160cm
mixed media on linen$11,000.00
Carlos Barrios | Happy Farmers
196 x 196cm
mixed media on linen paper laid on linen$17,000.00
Carlos Barrios | A Sunny Day
120 x 120 cm
mixed media on linen$10,000.00
Carlos Barrios | Fertility
140 x 150cm
mixed media on linen$12,500.00