Alvaro Barrington

Alvaro Barrington was born in Venezuela (1983, Caracas) to Haitian and Grenadian parents and was raised between the Caribbean and Brooklyn, NY. He currently lives and works in London. His artistic practice is multidisciplinary, reflecting on histories of cultural production and their exchange. Whilst firstly considering himself a painter, his process to image-making is wide-ranging, as his works include the application of diverse non-traditional materials – such as concrete, wood, textiles, yarn, burlap, carboard, clothing, and postcards, prints, drawing, and photography. For the artist, each media has numerous possibilities, and each is a tool to represent both individual as well as collective cultural narratives. Recurrent subject matters are close- ups of faces, parts of the body and equatorial plants. References are seen in his use of imagery such as hibiscus flowers, the 20th century Harlem Renaissance, Marcus Garvey, hip-hop culture of the 90’s such as Tupac, and inspiration from other artists’ practices such as Willem de Kooning, Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg. His works explore diverse thematics, such as migration, nationality, selfhood, sexuality, time, and the digital realm. Barrington is also actively involved in various community practices such as charities, concerts, performances and shows. Believing that art needs to be accessible to communities in public sites, Barrington has been participating to the organization of the Notting Hill Carnival since 2019. In 2022, he has been the producer of Queen of the Caribbean, the main concert stage at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Barrington is the selected artist for the 2024 Tate Britain Commission.

0 Portrait of Alvaro Barrington at Tate Britain 2024 Photo Tate Jai Monaghan 15


Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
UK, Alvaro Barrington, Tate Britain Commission, London
USA, Island Life, Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York
F, They Got Time, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin
UK, Grandma’s Land, Sadie Coles HQ, London
BR, Human Nature, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo
USA, Oh, Sandy? Sandy, Sandy, Karma, New York
USA, Oh Sandy, why did you leave me all alone, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
USA, 91–98 jfk–lax border, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
AU, Alvaro Barrington: La Vie en Rose, Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
I, Sea Both Sides, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
UK, Drug Culture: Vol ii Trust your local drug dealer and My words will live forever/fuck my Name, Emalin , London
UK, SPIDER THE PIG, PIG THE SPIDER, South London Gallery, London
USA, GARVEY 1: BIRTH – The Quiet Storm, Nicola Vassell, New York
USA, Tt x AB: The Lot Show, Far Rockaway, New York
UK, Wave Your Flags II, Sadie Coles HQ, London
UK, Wave Your Flags, Tabernacle, London
F, You don’t do it for the man, men never notice. You just do it for yourself, you’re the fucking coldest, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
USA, Wave Your Flags: Labor Day, Saint George Projects, Brooklyn
UK, Garvey 2 – they eyes were watching God, Corvi-Mora, London
UK, Garvey: Sex Love Nurturing Famalay, Sadie Coles HQ, London
UK, A Taste of Chocolate Curated by Norman Rosenthal, Thaddaeus Ropac , London
UK, Condo London / Alvaro Barrington, Emalin, London
USA, Alvaro Barrington Curated by Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA PS1 , Queens, NY
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
UK, 118 1/2, Emalin Gallery, Clerks House, London
UK, Woodworks, LAMB Gallery, London
F, Les Fleurs du Mal, Maison Guerlain, Paris
PRC, Thread Routes, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong
F, L’Atelier du Sud, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles
USA, The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri
UK, COME HOME Curated by Alvaro Barrington and Celeste Doig, Sadie Coles HQ, London
BR, Linhas Tortas, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo
UK, Testament, Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art, London
F, The Drawing Centre Show, Le Consortium, Dijon
USA, At The Rose House: Green River Project LLC and Object & Thing, The Rose House, Ridgewood
USA, Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from ICA Miami’s Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Night Owl Curated by Archie Raphulu, MASSIMODECARLO, VSpace
USA, Drawing 2020, Gladstone, New York
UK, London Zeitgeist, Piccadilly Lights, London
USA, The Dead Don’t Die, Abattoir Gallery, Cleveland
USA, The Earth, That is Sufficient, Nicola Vassell, New York
UK, In the Eye of the Storm, Pigeon Park , London
B, In the Eye of the Storm, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, Hasselt
UK, Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London
UK, Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London
D, Tempest, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
UK, Tempest, Sadie Coles HQ, London
USA, 11, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
UK, Hand to Your Ear, Part 1 (Presence/Surplus), Emalin, London
USA, 100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York
UK, No horizon, no edge to liquid, Zabludowicz Collection, London
USA, Landscapes of the South, Mendes Wood DM, New York
F, 30 Years in Paris, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin
UK, A Focus on Painting, Thaddaeus Ropac, London
UK, after image, MAMOTH, London

Public collections

Rennie Museum, Vancouver
Long Museum, Shanghai
Start Museum, Shanghai
X Museum, Beijing
Hong Kong
K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Fundación NMAC, Cádiz
Loewe Foundation, Madrid
United Kingdom
Tate, London
The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire
United States of America
ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Solomon R. Guggenheim Musem, New York


Alvaro Barrington