Rafael Gomezbarros (1972, Colombia), who resides in Bogota, is an artist committed to social and political denunciation especially related to the violence that Colombia has suffered throughout its recent history. His work reflects on the human condition and questions the tension between the individual and the social, and between identity and anonymity. Colombian historical memory and the fight against oblivion, as well as migration and the question of class, are recurring themes in his work.
Gomezbarros works mostly on installations that, based on repeated elements and multiplied images, create a striking experience. They are works that occupy interior and exterior spaces, often placed in emblematic locations or buildings that are symbolically related to the work itself. They require, as an indispensable element, to be designed considering interactions with the public.
His work has been exhibited at the Museo Bolivariano Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino in Santa Marta, at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Antioquia in Medellin, at the Palacio de Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe in Medellin, and is part of several collections such as the Colección Fenalco de Bogotá and the Lio Malca Collection.
Untitled #556, 2007
Fiberglass, resine, coal from Cerrejón, ropes and wood
39.37 x 27.55 x 11.81 inches