Nú Barreto

b.1966

Born in São Domingos, in the north of Guinea Bissau, Nú Barreto moved to Paris in 1989, where he currently lives and works.

He was initially interested in photography and studied at the Photography School AEP in Paris, in 1993. He then pursued his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Métiers d’Image au Gobelins from 1994 to 1996, where he finished his photography studies.

Multidisciplinary artist using drawing, found objects and collage, Nú Barreto looks to awaken the viewer through his paintings, drawings, photographs and videos. His leitmotiv has been the condemnation of the oppressive acts in our world, especially denouncing the misery and suffering that plagues the African continent. He incorporates in his work the language of shapes, symbolic colors and motifs carrying a strong meaning.

Nú Barreto’s work has been shown in several solo exhibitions in France, Portugal, Spain and New York. In 1998, he exhibited his work at the Lisbon World Exposition. In 2013, he participated for the second time in UNESCO’s Art for Peace exhibition in Paris. His work has also been discovered during collective shows, such as at the French-Mozambican Cultural Center, in Maputo, in 2005, as well as at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Dakar Biennial, in Senegal, in 2006; the Centre Culturel des Rencontres de Neumünster (CCRN) in Luxembourg in 2007; the Kunstraum Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany; the Vieira da Silva Museum, in Lisbon, Portugal; the Mémorial de América Latina à Marta Traba, in São Paulo, Brazil; the Boribana Museum Dakar, in Senegal, and most recently, at the MUCANE Museum in Victoria, Brazil.

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Nú Barreto

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What's Hot London

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Nú Barreto, Othello De’Souza-Hartley
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05 Jul 2016

Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow

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'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

Soly Cissé, Slimen El Kamel, Georgina Maxim, Christine Dixie, Vivien Kohler, Nú Barreto, Catherine Ocholla
London
02 Oct 2017 - 18 Nov 2017

Do we, as Africans, ‘understand the world too much’? 

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Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow (Cape Town)

Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow (Cape Town)

Christine Dixie, Vivien Kohler, Nú Barreto, Neill Wright, David Lurie, Paul Emmanuel, Wycliffe Mundopa, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
Cape Town
11 Jun 2016 - 31 Jul 2016

Simultaneous Exhibition - Cape Town and London A group exhibition featuring in Cape Town: Nú Barreto, Christine Dixie, Paul Emmanuel, David Lurie, Wycliffe Mundopa ...

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Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow (London)

Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow (London)

Nú Barreto, Neill Wright, Othello De’Souza-Hartley , Wycliffe Mundopa, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
London
13 Jun 2016 - 07 Aug 2016

Simultaneous Exhibition - London and Cape Town A group exhibition featuring, in London: Nú Barreto, Othello De'Souza-Hartley, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, Wycliffe Mundopa, Neill ...

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'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

Soly Cissé, Slimen El Kamel, Georgina Maxim, Christine Dixie, Vivien Kohler, Nú Barreto, Catherine Ocholla
Publication
06 Oct 2017

Do we, as Africans, ‘understand the world too much’? 

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Turbine Art Fair 2017

Turbine Art Fair 2017

Slimen El Kamel, Vivien Kohler, Nú Barreto, Ralph Ziman, Neill Wright, Carolyn Parton
Publication
12 Jul 2017

The Turbine Art Fair (TAF17) brought to you by The Forum Company, returns to the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown from 14th – 16th ...

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PIASA Auction Catalogue

PIASA Auction Catalogue

Nú Barreto, Neill Wright, Isabelle Grobler
Publication
17 Nov 2016

2nd Specialist sale of Contemporary African art in Paris

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