Alvaro Barrington


Barrington’s practice explores interconnected histories of cultural production.

Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983 Caracas, Venezuela). Born to Grenadian and Haitian parents and raised between the Caribbean and New York, Barrington’s practice explores interconnected histories of cultural production. His series “Garvey” examines the cultural exchanges of early 20th century London and the Harlem Renaissance— both sites of large-scale migration from the Caribbean at the height of Modernism – and their ongoing influence on artistic output and notions of self-hood, sexuality, the soul, identity, nurture, nationality, punishment and death. Considering himself primarily a painter, Barrington’s multimedia approach to image-making employs burlap, textiles, postcards and clothing, exploring how materials themselves can function as visual tools while referencing their personal, political and commercial histories.




Born in Caracas, Venezuela, 1983

MFA, The Slade School of Art, London, UK
Hunter College, New York, NY

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Solo Shows
91-98 jfk-lax border, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
La Vie en Rose,
 Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg, Austria

SPIDER THE PIG, PIG THE SPIDER, South London Gallery, London, UK
Wave Your Flags: Labor Day, Saint George Projects, Brooklyn, NY
GARVEY 1: BIRTH­-The Quiet Storm, Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York, NY
Wave Your Flags II, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
Wave Your Flags, The Tabernacle, London, UK
Drug Culture: Vol II. Trust Your Local Drug Dealer, Emalin, London, UK
My Words Will Live Forever-Fuck My Name, Emalin, London, UK
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, France
Garvey 2-They eyes were watching God, Corvi-Mora, London, UK
The Shop at Sadie Coles, London, UK


A Taste of Chocolate, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK
Condo, Emalin, London, UK

MoMA PS1, New York, NY


Group Exhibitions
Testament, Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art, London, UK

‘and this skin of mine, to live again a second time’, Guts Gallery, London, UK
In the Eye of the Storm, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
Pigeon Park, 33 Manor Place, London, UK
The Lot Show, 1-96 Beach 97th St, Far Rockaway, NY
Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
The Earth, That Is Sufficient, Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York, NY
London Zeitgeist, Piccadilly Lights, London, UK
Drawing Biennial 2021, Drawing Room, London, UK
Tempest, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany and Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
No horizon, no edge to liquid, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Landscapes of the South, Mendes Wood DM, New York, NY
A Focus on Painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK
Drawing 2020, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
After Image, Mamoth Contemporary, London, UK
100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK

Natura Naturans, Mendes Wood DM, New York, NY
Hog's Curve, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY
The Way Things Run (Der Lauf der Dinge) Part 1: Loose Ends Don't Tie, PS120, Berlin, Germany
Widening the Gaze, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK 

Woven, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY
The Sleeping Procession, Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex, UK



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