Moisés Barrios
Guatemalan, born 1946

Moisés Barrios, who has a mixed background in graphic design, painting, and printmaking, produces installation, video, and photography, though is best known for his realist paintings. Frequent subjects of his work include the triumph of nature over death, the violent colonial history of Guatemala, quotidian scenes from contemporary life, and depictions of the sea. His images are sometimes inspired by global or local advertisements. One of his best-known series reproduces images Banana Republic showrooms and advertisements reflected in their storefronts. These works are a double criticism of the destructive effects of the banana monopoly in Guatemala, and of contemporary consumerism and popular culture.

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