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HUGO BARAJAS

Hugo Barajas was always drawing as a small child growing up in Guadalajara, displaying remarkable skill as soon as he could grab a crayon or pencil. He actually began doing oil paintings on canvas when he was only seven years old. He was raised by his grandparents from a very early age, and although showing obvious talent in art, he also revealed a strong sense of independence that resulted in him leaving home when only sixteen. A position of working and studying at the El Palomar ceramic facility in Tlaquepaque opened up for him and occupied four years of his youth. Later, two years were spent working and studying in an etching and engraving studio, and this eventually led to years working in graphic design in such newspapers as “El Occidental,” and the late “Siglo 21.” There was also a period of working in a stained-glass studio, and in total sum these diverse creative activities ended up providing an incredibly comprehensive art education for Barajas in addition to his formal studies at the University of Guadalajara.

Throughout all these times Hugo continued to paint and study art, and finally in 1997 began showing his paintings professionally. Within a year he had become a full-time painter and has been supporting himself and prospering in this final vocation ever since, and continues, now in his early fifties. He has participated in and received awards in major museum competitions in Mexico, including at the Hospicio Cultural Cabañas, the second largest art museum in Mexico. He has been selected multiple times to have work in the famous Biennale of Florence. He has also had an exhibit in Montreal, Canada at the Consul General of Mexico that featured a collection of 43 fused glass creations ranging in size up to 30 by 60 inches. Barajas has spent months at a time in Quebec over several years and has had several exhibitions in galleries in Montreal and throughout the province. His work has been collected by the main founder of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

Barajas acknowledges influences by the late Mexican master, Rufino Tamayo, and by Pablo Picasso. However, although some of his work shows “cubist” tendencies, Hugo prefers to call his style, “Constructivism,” which includes art, psychology and philosophy with its most basic tenant captured in the phrase, “Reality is an interpretation of the observer.” More specifically, Hugo´s perspective is of working on different levels of the visual matrix and accentuating that by limiting himself to the primary colors and black and white. Barajas has always tried to push himself to explore as many options as possible to express his artistic vision. To this day he is noted for his diversity in techniques and materials used in creating his paintings and sculptures, the later including, cast bronze, fired clay, welded steel, fused glass and sometimes a combination of some or all of those.