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Barbara Rachko

I am drawn to Mexican and Guatemalan cultural objects—masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys—for reasons similar to those of Man Ray and the modernists, who in their case were drawn to African art. On trips to southern Mexico and Guatemala I frequent local mask shops, markets, and bazaars searching for the figures that will later populate my pastel paintings and photographs. How, why, when, and where these objects come into my life is an important part of the process. I...

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  • Troublemaker

    • Troublemaker, Chalk,Drawings / Sketch,Folk Art,Masks,Paintings,Paper Art,Pastel,Photography, Fine Art,Realism,Surrealism,Symbolism, Analytical art,Art Brut,Avant-Garde,Fantasy,Figurative,Multicultural / Ethnic,Mythical,Narrative,Still Life,The Primative, Pastel, By Barbara Rachko
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    Artist Name Barbara Rachko
    • Artist Name Barbara Rachko
    • Year 2015
    • Portfolio Name Black Paintings
    • Art Form Chalk,Drawings / Sketch,Folk Art,Masks,Paintings,P aper Art,Pastel,Photograph y
    • Size 20 (inches) H x 26 (inches) W
    • Style Fine Art,Realism,Surrealis m,Symbolism
    • Genre Analytical art,Art Brut,Avant-Garde,Fant asy,Figurative,Multic ultural / Ethnic,Mythical,Narra tive,Still Life,The Primative
    • Media Pastel
    • Price $10,000.00
    • Keywords Pastel, sandpaper, large, vibrant, unique, interior design, folk art, Mexico, Guatemala, painting, colorful, art collectors, New York


    I reference my large collection of Mexican and Guatemalan folk art – masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys – to create one-of-a-kind pastel on sandpaper paintings and limited-edition photographs.  My work combines reality and fantasy to depict dreamlike personal narratives.     The Black Paintings series of pastel-on-sandpaper paintings grew directly from an earlier series, Domestic Threats.    Both series use cultural objects as surrogates for human beings acting in mysterious, highly-charged narratives.    In the Black Paintings the figures (actors) now take central stage. All background details, furniture, rugs, etc. are eliminated and are replaced by intense dark black pastel.     
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