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Ones to Watch: Hugo Barros
Posted by Maxine Harris

Name: Hugo Barros
Age: 29
Occupation: Collage Artist
Inspiration: Poetry and Music (Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Pink Floyd, Radiohead...)

Hugo’s fragmented paintings are a sight of mathematical ingenuity, artistic­ talent and, in his own words, ‘pop surrealism’. Hailing from Alfama, Lisbon, it is no surprise to find out one of Hugo’s main inspirations for his work are the Portuguese musical styles, Fado and Flamengo. The meaning of Fado in English is “destiny” or “fate”. Songs are characterised by fairly melancholy tunes and lyrics. Although the subject matter can be absolutely anything, Fado music must always follow a certain structure, something which Hugo’s collages appear to imitate, mostly in his repeated use of graphic shapes such as triangles and circles. Asked about his preference for collage, Hugo replied ‘I like this process because it is a way to achieve a point between painting and collage techniques. This way I feel that I am creating my own narrative’.

Much like a novel’s narrative, Hugo tells a story layer by layer, shape by shape. Unlike a novel however, the viewer is immediately confronted by these layers of image story-telling. The image above for example appears to be a narrative of eight parts: six triangles, one prism and one sliced-into-circle. Each of these parts has a certain element of ambiguity. Does the predominantly black triangle represent night, or is it a symbol of emotional darkness? Is the top orange triangle set at sunrise or sunset? All that is clear is the sliced-into-circle and the prism of four different colours. I can almost say for certain that the image depicted in the sliced-into-circle is that of a woman’s face. I can pretty categorically say that the prism is made up of the colours green, orange/yellow, red and black. Hugo plays with uncertainty, fragmenting what could be eight distinct narratives into one: a woman looking out at something unknown, perhaps on a boat (the image as a whole resembles that of a small sail boat). But something within this seemingly simple narrative is conflicted and uncertain (the culmination and paradoxes of shapes and colours).

This element of chaotic simplicity is symptomatic of Hugo’s spontaneous working method ‘I just turn the radio (on) and it happens. It just takes some inspiration, lots of work and research. Sometimes an idea arises from something that I had given as finished’.

By 2022, Hugo hopes to ‘gather a group of friends, somehow related to arts, and publish a magazine’.

Blog: mesineto.tumblr.com

http://fussedmag.com/10-2011/blogs/on...arros.html
Marko Köppe commented on February 26, 2012 6:05am
Great, congrats!
Hugo Barros commented on February 26, 2012 6:07am
Thanks meu amigo!
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on February 26, 2012 6:13am
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S _ H U G O !
URsa commented on February 26, 2012 6:21am
Fantastic Hugo!! It is nice to get to know a little bit how your art comes to life, Congrats!!
Mat Miller commented on February 26, 2012 6:27am
Nice one Hugo, go get em!
Seamless commented on February 26, 2012 7:29am
awesome!
Catherine Doolan commented on February 26, 2012 7:50am
Great piece Hugo! Congratulations! :)
KunstFabrik_StaticMovement Man… commented on February 26, 2012 8:42am
Many blessings Hugo!!! Wonderful 2 learn about you + your work!!!
Catherine Holcombe commented on February 26, 2012 8:56am
Wow, congrats! Way to go!
Bianca Green commented on February 26, 2012 9:16am
A W E S O M E amigo HUGO!
gwenola de muralt commented on February 26, 2012 9:22am
Great work!
Kris Tate commented on February 26, 2012 10:04am
que belleza!! felicidades
María Massó commented on February 26, 2012 10:14am
Interesante leer sobre tus collages!
Hugo Barros commented on February 26, 2012 1:02pm
gracias a todos amigos!
Lisa Argyropoulos commented on February 26, 2012 1:07pm
Wow! So cool! Congrats!
David Bastidas commented on February 26, 2012 1:16pm
Exitos! Para el 2022 espero ver esa revista!
Hugo Barros commented on February 26, 2012 2:22pm
grande abraço Bastidas, vais ver!
Heather Goodwind commented on February 26, 2012 4:09pm
Nice!
Deepti Munshaw commented on February 26, 2012 6:46pm
Congratulations, Hugo! :)
Andre Villanueva commented on February 26, 2012 9:04pm
Nice!
Muxxi commented on February 26, 2012 10:03pm
Congrats!
Hugo Barros commented on February 27, 2012 3:04am
gracias amigos
j.Webster commented on February 27, 2012 6:39am
bravo, Hugo!