Nu Barreto, plastic artist from Guinea-Bissau, showcased his artworks during the AKAA Exhibition – Also Known As Africa – the contemporary art and design fair focusing on Africa in France. Portrait of an uncommon artist.
Zoom on... Nu Barreto
Nu Barreto, plastic artist from Guinea-Bissau, showcased his artworks during the AKAA Exhibition – Also Known As Africa – the contemporary art and design fair focusing on Africa in France. This second edition took place from November 10-12 2017 at the Carreau du Temple and had "healing" as central theme.
A big thanks to him who opened the doors of his workshop for me last summer!
Nu was born in 1966 at São Domingos, in the North part of Guinea-Bissau. Working in Paris since 1989, he took an interest, first, in photography and will undergo a short training at the AEP School of Photography in Paris in 1993. Then, he will enter the Gobelins National School of Image Works (Ecole Nationale de Métiers d’Image des Gobelins) in Paris where he will study from 1994 to 1996 and where he will end his photography studies.
His work, mix technics, joins drawing, collage and waste materials, and incorporate the spectator in an artistic approach through the use of painting, photography, drawing and video.
Committed artist, Nù Barreto draws the attention on the numerous plagues (poverty, suffering, discriminations,...) striking the African continent by using a strong symbolic expressing itself with the forms, colors and patterns used.
Internationally known and recognised for his talent and work from his first exhibitions in 1997, his artworks traveled the world (Germany, Brazil, China, Spain, United States, France, Macao, Portugal, Senegal,...). He set up home in Abidjan on October, 13 2017 with his very first exhibition in Ivory Coast, "Fil Rouge", at the LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery.
Here is a short selection of Nu Barreto's artworks: