“I really don’t depend on inspiration to paint, it is more a need of creating, the need of being in that precious presence where nothing matters, where there is nothing but joy and peace.” – Javier Lopez Barbosa
Javier Lopez Barbosa knew that he was going to be an artist for most of his life. As a child he was rarely without a box of crayons, colored pencils or watercolors. He used color as a way to express himself to the world.
Barbosa still uses color as a means of expressing himself, and the results have been collected and displayed for decades as audiences appreciate the art of the internationally recognized painter. His large and glossy works exhibit a connection between artist and medium, while the bold use of varying hues conveys a message of joy.
“I think all of us are put on this world for a reason. Mine is to speak out loud with my colorful paintings full of love, passion, and best wishes for all.”
The Waxlander family is honored to welcome Javier Lopez Barbosa to the Gallery. We invite you to come experience his large and exuberant works, or view them on his artist page.
A Culture of Color
“Growing up in Mexico set me in a place of mind where I knew, since I was a young boy that I wanted to become an artist. Mexico is full of art, color, and music. All this awoke my true talents.”
Barbosa was born and raised in Mexico. It was against the colorful backdrop created by the culture that he discovered his calling as an artist. He was attracted to the bright colors that are pervasive in all corners, from the buildings, to the markets and even the clothing. But it was when he saw an abstract painting in a house that he knew what he wanted to do.
This upbringing is evident in his art as vibrant colors mingle on the canvas. Barbosa understood at a young age the complimentary effects that bold shades could have on one another, and he brings this knowledge into his art. Striking orange and sky blue blend in ‘Analysis of Joy,’ while soothing green, calming blue and a hint of lavender dance in ‘Rewarding.’
Adventures in Creativity
“I hardly ever have a definite idea of what I’m going to paint. I simply start with the first color that comes into my mind and let the magic begin. I just let my will for creativity take over my physical body to do what it has to do.”
For Barbosa, there is a sense of freedom and adventure that comes with painting on larger surfaces. He describes his work as a connection between his best feelings and the blank canvas, and this connection is apparent to anybody who sees his art. Bold colors mingle in the perfect harmony that occurs when an artist is in symbiosis with his medium.
Another way that the link between Barbosa and his art is evidenced is by his process. A self-taught artist, he primarily uses a palette knife to spread and smooth the rich colors across his canvas. Translucent paints are applied layer by layer and mixed with a variety of glazing mediums to achieve the effect that he is looking for. The result is the textured, yet smooth, and glossy surface that Barbosa is known for.
“Like a child playing, there is no past or future, there is only presence. That is how I like to paint, letting out the inner child that we all tend to forget or ignore, the one that is hiding within all those layers of emotions, gradually, bringing it out within the layering of my paintings and then process of creation begins and then the focusing on the process to achieve success. But true success to me, is when my work is viewed, and smiles start to arise.”