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Alvaro Barrington

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, 1983

MFA, The Slade School of Art, London, UK
Hunter College, New York, NY

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

One-Person Exhibitions

91–98 jfk–lax border, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
La Vie en Rose,
 Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg, Austria

SPIDER THE PIG, PIG THE SPIDER, South London Gallery, London, UK
Wave Your Flags: Labor Day, Saint George Projects, Brooklyn, NY
GARVEY 1: BIRTH­–The Quiet Storm, Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York, NY
Wave Your Flags II, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
Wave Your Flags, The Tabernacle, London, UK
Drug Culture: Vol II. Trust Your Local Drug Dealer, Emalin, London, UK
My Words Will Live Forever—Fuck My Name, Emalin, London, UK
You don’t do it for the man, men never notice, You just do it for yourself, you’re the fucking coldest, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Garvey 2–They eyes were watching God, Corvi-Mora, London, UK
The Shop at Sadie Coles, London, UK


A Taste of Chocolate, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK
Condo, Emalin, London, UK

MoMA PS1, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from ICA Miami’s Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Testament, Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art, London, UK

In the Eye of the Storm, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
Pigeon Park, 33 Manor Place, London, UK
The Lot Show, 1-96 Beach 97th St, Far Rockaway, NY
Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
The Earth, That Is Sufficient, Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York, NY
London Zeitgeist, Piccadilly Lights, London, UK
Drawing Biennial 2021, Drawing Room, London, UK
Tempest, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany and Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK

No horizon, no edge to liquid, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Landscapes of the South, Mendes Wood DM, New York, NY
A Focus on Painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK
Drawing 2020, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
After Image, Mamoth Contemporary, London, UK
100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK

Natura Naturans, Mendes Wood DM, New York, NY
Hog’s Curve, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY
The Way Things Run (Der Lauf der Dinge) Part 1: Loose Ends Don’t Tie, PS120, Berlin, Germany
Widening the Gaze, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK 

Woven, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY
The Sleeping Procession, Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex, UK


Articles & Reviews

Keh, Andrew. “The Art World Loves Basketballs. And Hoops and Jerseys and Backboards.”, June 12, 2022.
Beauford, Sean. “8 Rising Artists Using Basketball to Address Social Injustices.”, June 10, 2022.
Yerebakan, Osman Can. “Alvaro Barrington’s Paintings Take a Lifetime.”, May 4, 2022.
Liou, Caroline Ellen. “Alvaro Barrington’s Love Letter to Los Angeles.”, April 18, 2022.
Ghassemitari, Shawn. “Alvaro Barrington Honors His Heroes in Blum & Poe Exhibition.”, April 4, 2022.
Zara, Janelle. “‘We Saved Each Other’: Alvaro Barrington’s 90s Hip-Hop Exhibition.”, March 29, 2022.
Hawke, Nina. "Alvaro Barrington’s ‘La Vie en Rose’ Exhibition is an Homage to Tupac Shakur.", February 8, 2022.
Chamberlain, Colby. “Review: Alvaro Barrington at Nicola Vassell Gallery.” Artforum (January 2022): 155–156.

Searle, Adrian. “‘High-End Hermès Yak Wool Blankets Covered in Concrete’ – Alvaro Barrington Review.”, October 6, 2021.
Okoro, Enuma. “‘Blackness Has Been a Constant Reinvention of Ourselves’.”, September 30, 2021.
Smith, Roberta. “Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now.”, September 16, 2021.
Durbin, Andrew. “Alvaro Barrington.” Frieze 220 (June/July/August 2021): 88-95.
Weber, Tomas. “Alvaro Barrington: You don’t do it for the man, men never notice. You just do it for yourself, you’re the fucking coldest.” ArtReview (May 2021): 83.
Sherwin, Skye. “Artists on Artists: Alvaro Barrington.”, March 2021.
Adler, Dan. “How Gardy St. Fleur Became the NBA’s Go-to Art Adviser.”, March 19, 2021.
Holmes, Helen. “Gardy St. Fleur, Art Advisor to NBA Stars, on Championing New Media and BIPOC Artists.”, March 14, 2021.
“‘This Year Has Deranged My Senses’: 12 Artists on How the Pandemic Has Changed the Way They Approach Their Work.” Artnet News, March 11, 2021.
“Alvaro Barrington’s New Paintings Pay Homage to Musical Greats from Erykah Badu to Biggie.”, March 9, 2021.
“Art Industry News: The New York Times Calls Artnet’s Wet Paint the ‘Essential’ Chronicle of NYC’s Downtown Art Scene + Other Stories.” Artnet News, March 8, 2021.
Bakare, Lanre. “Black British Artists Send Works to Inspire Children at School.”, March 4, 2021.
Fazzare, Elizabeth. “Cultured Collections with Brigette Romanek.”, January 15, 2021.

Buck, Louisa. “A Global Conversation—in Face of Pandemic, 21 Galleries Launch a Collaborative Exhibition Programme.”, December 23, 2020.
Brown, Kate. “How Rising Art Star Alvaro Barrington Charmed London’s Top Galleries into Breaking Their Own Rules for the Chance to Work with Him.” Artnet News, January 13, 2020. Juliano, Michael. “Frieze Is Here to Let the Art World Know That L.A. Is Cool (But You Already Knew That).” Time Out Los Angeles, February 15, 2020.
Silva, José da. “Artists Go Bumper to Bumper at Frieze with Auto-Themed Works.” Art Newspaper, February 15, 2020.

"Art Basel Diary: Celebrity-Spotting, Nimble Octopi and a Bratwurst That Cuts the Mustard.", June 13, 2019. 
Buck, Louisa. "Great Artists Steal: Alvaro Barrington's New Show Reveals Eclectic Range of Influences." Art Newspaper, June 6, 2019. 
Lloyd, Joe. “Alvaro Barrington – Interview: ‘When You Look at My Paintings, You’re Encountering Parts of My Identity.’”, July 19, 2019.
Nayeri, Farah. "The Painter Alvaro Barrington on the Art He 'Steals' From." New York Times, June 26, 2019.  

“Alvaro Barrington.” i-D Magazine no. 351 (Spring 2018): 76.
Nugent, Gabriella. “Alvaro Barrington & David Weiss: A Different World.” Brooklyn Rail, February 7, 2018.

Abrams, Matthew J. “Studio Visit: Alvaro Barrington at MoMA PS1.”, December 4, 2017.
Kopel, Dana. “Combining Histories: Alvaro Barrington.” Mousse Magazine, December 2017.

Museum and Public Collections

X Museum, Beijing, China

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