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Ricardo Barros is a versatile and accomplished photographer, known for landscape photographs composed "on retreat" in varied regions, including the Oregon coast, his native Brazil, as well as Peru, Utah, and other southwestern states. He works on personal projects and commissioned assignments. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Fogg Art Museum, and the Museum of Art of San Paulo. He is also the winner of many prestigious awards. Barros is known for his ability to position his subjects in harmony with the available light. Additionally, he is known for his portraits of sculptors, often made in the artists' studios or posed with their work. He works with digital technology as well as traditional black and white printing.
Barros' photographs are featured in the monograph Facing Sculpture, a collection of portraits of contemporary sculptors. His images for this project often include visual references to the artists' works or their inspirational sources. His probing photographs suggest how each artist uniquely transforms materials and reinvents space.
Photograph of Ricardo Barros. Image courtesy of the artist.
Connection to Bucks County
Barros lived on the Delaware River in Lambertville from 1980 to 1990. His studio, Ricardo Barros Photographs, is located in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
Museum of Art of San Paulo, Brazil, 1984
Museum of Image and Sound, Brazil, 1987
The Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ, 1995
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, 1998
Marsha Child Contemporary Gallery, Princeton, NJ, 2004
Ellarslie Museum, Trenton, NJ, 2004
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2004
Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ, 2005
Major Group Exhibitions
Director's Choice, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, New Jersey, 1983
Philadelphia Photographers International, Tianjin College of Art, Tianjin, China, 1987
Southern Visions, The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey, 1990
Nature Inhabited, Prallsville Mill, Stockton, New Jersey, 1991
A Show of Hands, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992
Artists Encore, The Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, New Jersey, 1994
Photography at Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, 1995
Landscapes and Portraits, The Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, New Jersey, 1995
Sculptors, Grounds for Sculpture Museum, Hamilton, New Jersey, 1998
Philadelphia Selections, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998
Washington International Print Show, Arlington, Virginia, 1998
The Contemporary Eye, Michener Art Museum, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2005
Fogg Art Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
Free Library of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Grounds For Sculpture
Johnson & Johnson Corporate Collection
Museum of Art of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo, Brazil
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey
Newark Public Library, Newark, New Jersey
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Fellowship in Photography, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 1984
Citation of Excellence, ADDY Award, American Advertising Awards Competition, New York, New York, 1998