Maria Barbo
Recent Exhibitions (2011-2015)
-IMAR-Indian Mountain Multi-Disciplinary Arts Retreat Group Exhibition, Wassaic, CT
-Underdonk Selects Benefit Show, Underdonk Gallery and Project Space, Ridgewood, NY
-Bushwick Open Studios, Ridgewood, NY
-Novella Gallery Inaugural Benefit, New York, NY
-Almost Free Art, pop-up group show, Bilbao, Spain
-A Girl Walks Into A Bar, the project space at La Nieta Carmela, Madrid, Spain
-Algún lugar en el Horoptera, group show, Galería Mediodía Chica, Madrid, Spain
-Artistas en el Barrio 2012, group show, La Latina, Madrid, Spain
-Florestería en Flor, group show, Madrid, Spain
-Rumble Above the Clouds, group show, Openings NY, NYC
-Apartment Show, group show, Chinatown, NYC
-Temporary Antumbra Zone, group show, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
-Washington Market School faculty and student group show, Matthew Marks Gallery, NY
Working Artist Org. Grant Recipient
February 2012

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Feature article on New York Spaces Magazine Blog
"Beneath the Surface with Artist Maria Barbo"

At first glance, artist Maria Barbo's work is simply beautiful. It is when you really stop and look that you become aware of a hidden sense of melodrama beneath the surface. Ordinary, domestic scenes begin to take on a threatening air. Tension is palpable, but it is hard to place where it stems from. Is it the forms that give the appearance of solidity at first, and then appear to be dissolving in the next second that make the viewer nervous? Or is it that the paintings leave one with the feeling that something dramatic is about to happen? Barbo herself explains that her work "investigates psychologically-tense moments and spaces." The unexpectedness of seemingly cheerful, colorful paintings slowly giving rise to a feeling of turbulence the longer you look at them, might just play a role. Or perhaps it is the "inherent tension of halting a moment never meant to be stilled." Regardless, Barbo has managed to create a virtual ocean of meaning within her work, where the surface is just the beginning.


December 15, 21010-January 15, 2011

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 15, 6-8 p.m.

Hunter College Times Square Gallery
450 West 41st Street (between 9th & 10th)
New York, NY 10036

Gallery hours:
Tuesdays, 1-9 p.m.
Wednesday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m.