Abel Barroso (b. 1971, Cuba) has created a very personal and peculiar iconography based on the intrinsic quality of objects. Formally trained as a print maker, Barroso's work is based on the wooden print matrix as final object, composed in collages or three dimensional sculptures. Conceptually his oeuvre leans towards a caustic approach to contemporary global issues of migration, technology and the imbalance of power. His work is sober in color and texture, avoiding superficial and distracting aspects of color or highly refined finish. Building upon the tradition of wit and satire in Cuban art, Barroso's work offers a playful take on a new social order, dictated by a process of constant evolution of power, planned obsolescence in the market, and the impossibility to take a hand in the game with access to power granted to a handful of 1st world players who dominate the global game.
Able Barroso's work has been extensively exhibited and collected by many important museums and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas; The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Phoenix, Arizona; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida among others.