He has exhibited his work in Brazil, China and Romania. Barros received a Fellowship in Photography from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 1984.
His latest work is Riverside Silos, a plein air study of light, shadow and form. Photographed over a five-year period, this project focuses on the industrial landscape immediately outside Barros’ studio. Referring to a set of enormous storage silos he writes: “… the sheer geometry of these forms begs for a study of light, shadow and space. They are as if shaped, wooden blocks in an artist’s studio. They may not have been placed with artistic intent, but these silos now inhabit a still life composition. Not one, but many. Not once, but always.”
Figuring Space is another, recently completed project. This multi-media presentation consists of photographs, an illustrated book and long-form essay, and a video. Using the figure as his avatar, Barros explores space as a metaphor. “Until we encounter a boundary, or until it is replaced with something else, space is completely invisible to us,” Barros writes. “We perceive space only when it ends.”
Critics have called his award-winning book, Facing Sculpture: A Portfolio of Portraits, Sculpture and Related Ideas, psychologically honest and complex. Largely self-taught in photography, he is also a curator and a teacher.
Barros’ personal work is in the permanent collection of eleven museums, including:
Read a profile of Ricardo Barros written by Pat Summers.