Johan Barrios (b.1984) is a Columbian-born artist living and working in Houston, Texas - giving you a quiet drama blended with the mystic – and faces that disappear. His artworks are strong, screaming quietly. They should be experienced in person, where it is like being pulled by everything you don’t really understand, like a sinking feeling in the stomach or a pocket full of rain.

He paints figurative compositions that never become portraits, because the facial expressions of the subjects give it away – revealing clearly the feelings people usually camouflage. Without any intention of ever giving the people in the paintings an identity, his style is hyper-realistic, from grey tones of light and shadow to creamy, candyfloss pink.

Placed in the midst of a volatile lively and deep, dark universe, he plays with the artistic and the genuine between humans and objects. Even though he doesn’t directly paint himself, it is like every painting is a self portrait revealing an intimate aspect of himself that draws us very close.
Johan Barrios follows a process of using charcoal, pencil, watercolour, and oils.

Graduated from the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia.


2019. February. KIRK Gallery. Denmark
2019. March. Anya Tish Gallery. Houston, TX
2019. October. EVOKE Contemporary. Santa Fe, New Mexico


2017. "Adormecido". Anya Tish Gallery. Houston, TX
2016. "Intervalo" Art League of Houston. Houston, TX
2015. "Ejercicios de Ruptura". Victor Lope Arte Contemporaneo. Barcelona. España
2015. “Método”. Galería Duque Arango. Medellín Colombia.
2012. "Este espacio está reservado solo para usted". Cámara de Comercio. Medellín- Colombia
2008. “Múltiplo común”. Galeríe b-146. Zúrich-Suiza.


2018. 44 Artists from Texas. LHUCA. Lubbok, TX
2017. Duets 2.0. Fort Works Art. Fort Worth, TX
2017. Scope Art Basel. Victor Lope Contemporáneo.
2017. The Moleskine Project. Spoke Art. SF, CA.
2017. London Art Fair. Victor Lope Arte Contemporáneo.
2016. Contemporary Istanbul. Victor Lope Arte Contemporáneo.
2016. Art Fair Houston. Arcadia Contemporary.
2016. Crossroads, The London Art Show. Victor Lope Contemporáneo.
2016. "Drawn To Greatness". Arcadia Contemporary. L.A.
2016. "Radical Home". Salt Fine Art. Laguna Beach, CA.
2015. "Second Sight". Booth Gallery. NY
2015. "MUTE". Galerie C.O.A, Montreal Canada.
2015. "Versión Original". Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo. Barcelona.
2015. Art Copenhagen. Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo.
2014. SWAB Art Fair. Barcelona España. Galería Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo.
2014. Art Fair Cologne. AlemaniaGalería Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo.
2013. Casa Arte Madrid. Madrid España. Galería Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo.
2013. Exposición Colectiva. Barcelona España. Galería Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo.
2012. Esta sala es un John Cage. Sala U Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad Nacional. Medellín. Colombia.
2010. 42 Salón Nacional de Artistas. Independientemente. Curaduría
Inversiones. Barranquilla. Colombia.