Barreto, Nú
Born 1966 in São Domingos, Guinea-Bissau
Lives and works in Paris, France
With sharp pencils and blood red hues, Nú Barreto’s drawings highlight the socioeconomic disparities prevalent throughout the African continent. Using dry mediums, collage, reconstituted materials and new media, Barreto’s work has a strong symbolism expressed through form, colour and patterns. The artist’s alter ego, visible throughout his work, appears distorted by pain and fear, his agonised face bearing witness to the reality of the socially and economically dispossessed in the artist’s native Guinea-Bissau. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the five continents including AFRO, rencontres avec l’art de l’Afrique contemporaine, Centre Culturel l’Escale, Levallois (2019); 0.10 RELOADED Avant-Garde, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich (2018) and the itinerant Lumières d’Afriques, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris (2015-2018). His works are included in the collections of PLMJ Foundation, Lisbon and Pro-justitia Foundation of Porto and Macau, MUCANE Victoria Museum of Brasilia and the West African Monetary Union Collection.
Nú Barreto, Djudanu (Help Us), 2019, Acrylic, ceramic pencil and collage on paper, 140 x 206 cm. Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels|Nú Barreto, La Source, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, books by African authors, 200 x 306 x 10 cm. Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels