William Barbosa was born in 1955 in Ocaña, Colombia. In 1975 he moved to Venezuela and in the mid 1980s set up his workshop in San Francisco de Yare, near Caracas, Venezuela. The artist now lives and works in Miami, Florida. Barbosa is a self-taught artist who has had individual exhibitions across Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia. He is a member of MADI Art - a collective that works in non-representational art forms focusing on geometric shapes, vibrant colors and viewer interaction. The artist’s works can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas, Texas, USA. The Museo de la Estampa y del Diseño Carlos Cruz-Diez in Caracas presented an exhibition of his Doors serie in 2002.
William Barbosa’s works assert the supremacy of the abstract and the geometric. Squares, rectangles and triangles unfold in space, interacting, overlapping or avoiding each other altogether, always seeming to want to go beyond the space that was originally allocated to them. With their vibrant colors, his aluminum sculptures come to life to capture and give shape to the void. The artist’s creative production can be divided into three main categories: - Sculptures as works of art - autonomous and portable - Sculptures functionally integrated into the architecture and their surroundings - Monumental sculptures intended for urban public spaces.