Biography

1971, Pinar del Río, Cuba.
Lives and works in Havana (Cuba).

Barroso is part of a generation of artists who aesthetically renovated Cuban printmaking in the early 90's, transforming the traditional woodcut technique into three-dimensional objects. "Engraving is considered a conservative genre but since I started to build I decided to do something different with the technique, use its language, develop it in the way that interested me, finding new variations... I wanted to revolutionize its basis by, for example, making three-dimensional prints."

His works conceptualize the human traffic to the borders of a developed world. The crafted images offer at the same time, a contradiction between tropical technology (humorous reference to the Caribbean fruit) and the coldness and absurdity of global manufacturing.
With this manual technique (the artist uses a specific wood from trees of his home town), he contradicts the actual meaning of the objects created: telephones, computers, cameras - soulless industrial products. 

Barroso has exhibited widely in Cuba and abroad. Public collections include amongst others: the MoMA (USA), the Whitney Museum, (USA), the Bacardi Foundation (USA), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Cuba), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam (Cuba), Minneapolis Art Museum (USA), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) and Federal Reserve Collection (USA).

Abel Barroso. Cuando caen las fronteras.

Abel Barroso. Cuando caen las fronteras.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana (Cuba), 2012.

Catalogue of the exhibition at the National Fine Arts Museum, Havana (Cuba), during the 11th Havana Biennial Art Exhibition. 
Texts by Corina Matamoros (National Fine Arts Museum curator) and Irina Leyva-Pérez (Panamerican Project curator).
Spanish / English
60 pages, semihard cover, 28 x 24,5 cm.

Abel Barroso. Murs réels, Murs virtuels.

Abel Barroso. Murs réels, Murs virtuels. (Real walls, Virtual walls.)
Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, Bordeaux (France), 2010.

Exhibition catalogue: Espace Saint Rémi, Bordeaux, May, 2010.
Texte by Michèle Dalmace (curator).
French / Spanish / English
67 pages, color images, 24 x 24 cm.

Abel Barroso

Abel Barroso