Josephine Barreiro

STATEMENT: The true essence of existence is important in my work, representing unique ways of “living and being.” Emotions are felt and present in all living things, consisting of pain, love, sorrow, joy, anxiety and anger. Consequently, I believe painting is a means of feeling an awareness of existence of living and of being. We all live, breathe, feel, suffer, and love. Through my paintings, I am able to bring front and center these moments in gestural images that examine and/or focus on universal life in the here and now.

BIO: (b. Newark, NJ) The daughter of immigrants from Spain, Josephine hails from Newark; NJ and cites graffiti, specifically that of the urban center, as the groundwork for her gestural and energetic technique and also as the inspiration for her work. Her deep-seated love for graffiti art and abstract expressionism gives way to a body of work that is laced with anger, spontaneous energy, and personal as well as cultural memory. Barreiro’s works were recently exhibited at Pen and Brush Gallery, NYC; she created a live painting during the exhibition and she was also featured in a NYC-ARTS segment in 2016. Barreiro earned an MFA in Fine Arts, an MA in Art Education from New Jersey City University, and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY.

Josephine has exhibited at the The Fountain Street Fine Arts Gallery, Framingham, MA; Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA; Pen + Brush Gallery, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, NY; Human Rights Institute Gallery, James Howe Gallery, Union, NJ; Newark Museum, Paul Robeson Gallery, City Without Walls, 27 Mix, L.I.P.S, Index Art, Newark; Distillery Art Gallery, L.I.T.M, Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, Jersey City, NJ; Ben Shahn Galleries, Paterson, NJ; Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ; Monmouth Museum, Lincroft NJ; UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, CO; and The Arts Guild, Rahway, NJ; among other locations.

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