Josephine Barreiro (aka J131 for her street art) was born and raised in Newark, NJ. She earned her MFA in Fine Arts and MA in Art Education at New Jersey City University and holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC.
Her body of work is laced with emotion, spontaneous energy, distinctive use of line, saturated colors and her Spanish heritage. Ms. Barreiro was featured in The Newark Artists Photo Documentary Project in 2018. Her works were exhibited at Pen and Brush Gallery, NYC, where she created a live painting during the exhibition. Ms. Barreiro was also featured in a NYC-ARTS segment on PBS in 2016. She is also an active member of the Neo-Latino Art Collective and Pro Arts.
Josephine Barreiro has exhibited at the The Fountain Street Fine Arts Gallery, Framingham, MA; Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA; NYC Arts Empire, Pen + Brush Gallery, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, NY; Hall of Fame Gallery- BCC, Bronx, NY; Human Rights Institute Gallery, James Howe Gallery, Union, NJ; Paul Robeson Gallery, City Without Walls, Gallery Aferro, L.I.P.S, Index Art, Newark, NJ; Distillery Art Gallery, L.I.T.M, Harold B.- Lemmerman Gallery, Jersey City, NJ; Valley Arts Gallery, Orange, NJ; West Orange Arts Center, West Orange, NJ; Ben Shahn Gallery, Paterson, NJ; Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ; Monmouth Museum, Lincroft NJ; The Arts Guild, Rahway, NJ and UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, CO; among other locations
My large colorful canvases focus on memories and experiences fueled with emotion while my black and white collages touch on socio-political themes and urban imagery. My work shows the influence of my Spanish heritage as well as 20th century Spanish painters. The goal is to present images illustrating the human condition and all its complexity. My focus and intuitive response to the world around me allow me to reflect on my ideas to complete each piece. Whether I'm working with color or creating black and white collage pieces, I look forward to the visceral experience of building mixed media layers to illustrate real and imagined situations. The act of painting delivers my ideas from my center to a tangible surface.