Javier Lopez Barbosa’s childhood in Mexico was full of art, color and music, which he credits for awakening his artistic talent. A self-described “shy boy,” Barbosa recalls an obsessive need to constantly carry with him a box of color pencils, crayons, or a watercolor set to communicate to the brilliant world around him. Bright, dramatic coloring continues to be Barbosa’s mode of speaking to the world. He paints abstract expressionism and finishes his work with a glazing technique that captures the true essence and brilliancy of color. By submerging interesting forms and textures under layers of clarity-enhancing mediums, Barbosa maximizes the effects of color and intrinsic light and reflects the boldness and drama present in the architecture and colors of Mexico.
Rarely approaching a canvas with a preconceived notion of what will emerge, he uses an array of media, forms and textures, resulting in contemporary expressionistic landscapes brimming with visual depth Barbosa’s work has been featured in solo shows in Santa Fe, New Mexico and New York City. He is featured in national and international lifestyle publications, including El Nuevo Mexicana and New Mexico Collector’s Guide.