Based on an article in Inform Art Magazine
Like most artists, San Diego based painter Robert Barros traces his interest in art back to his childhood, drawing and painting before he could write. Self taught, Barros applied much of his early artistic skill to painting and later to the fields of commercial art, graphic design, and illustration, the humble beginning of some very well known artists such as Warhol, Matisse and Rockwell.
His first published works consisted of portraits of sports, and celebrity figures for magazines covers, posters and Game programs for the Chargers, Padres and Holiday Bowl. Some of his graphic design images are an enduring part of San Diego: Chargers logos, the Gulls logo and images for the San Diego Blood Bank, the Olympics in ’84 and San Diego’s first Super Bowl. Robert Barros also designed the logo for the Old Town San Diego Art Festival.
Having accomplished what he set out to do in commercial art and to satisfy his creative nature, Barros began to paint once again. His current style of painting reflects a number of influences, graphic composition, freedom of color and the use of strong lines to create a sense of movement. Barros characterizes his work as “reaching out to the poetic and imaginative side of our nature.” Through rich colors, textures and subject matter Robert strives to create a taste of the romantic sensibility in the world around us.
Barros’ was raised in Arizona, which has a distinct influence on his art, but his heritage may have a more subliminal effect. He is the grandson of Portuguese and Russian immigrants who settled in Hawaii, which Robert visits as often as possible and refers to as home. He admits that Images such as “Tigress”, has a distinctly foreign flavor of mystery. Several of Robert’s paintings combine human and animal figures. The inspiration is that of many cultures, Native American to Celtic, the connection of animal spirit to human energy.
Reflecting upon the changes in his art over the years, he explains, “When I was younger I concentrated on creating images with more realism. Now, I focus more on the movement, color and detail of a subject. I work to capture a moment, and create an impression.”
Barros established an Art gallery in Old Town San Diego and since then he has become a influential part of the community. Through his association with the Old Town Chamber Robert has been instrumental in bringing the Art Festival to Old Town and creating avenues to help promote the community.
Robert Barros’ new painting, the poster art for the old town art festival is called “Illumination of the Hawk” Meanings: to shed light, strength, courage, wisdom, overcoming problems, clarity and inspiration, as well as many others.
You can reach Robert Barros online at www.rbarros.com.