Born in Spain and educated at the Escola Massana Centre d’Art, Barcelona, Barba has exhibited his work in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Canada. His work is held in major public collections and museums, such as the Artothèque d’Art Anekdota in Paris, Foundation Daniela Chappard of Caracas, Foundation Lluís Carulla, L’Espluga de Francolí, Tarragona, Instituto Cervantes in Tangier, Morocco, Museo Jacobo Borges Caracas, Museo Marugame Hirai Japan, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, la Habana, Museo Internacional Cairo, Egypt and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.  Private collections include, Jorge M. Pérez of Miami, Stuart & Pamela Rothenberg of New York, Rick & Kathy Hilton of Los Angeles and Wendy Fisher of London.

Lluís Barba reworks iconic artworks to comment on contemporary society, introducing modern characters into Hyeronimus Bosch’s or Pieter Brueghel’s medieval scenes. His work leverages the language of artistic symbolism to critique both modern society and the art world. Utilizing society darlings such as Paris Hilton and Kate Moss, art world players such as Jay Jopling and music icons such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna, Barba expresses his debt to Art History and contemporary culture through a satirical and humorous slant.


At Art Basel in 2009, I came across an art work by Lluis Barba which literally took my breath away.  I was planning the curation for the first edition of the London-based Young Masters Art Prize and invited Lluis Barba to exhibit – he became a finalist and also exhibited his work as part of a special project at the Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House in London.  Since 2009, the Gallery has exhibited the works of Lluis Barba in Basel, Bologna, Houston, Toronto, London, New York, The Hamptons, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. His private and institutional collectors are world-renowned and his work has had an extraordinary impact on the next generation of young artists.

Lluis Barba is a contemporary Master of inventive storytelling – weaving the art historical references and old master paintings seamlessly amongst art-world luminaries, celebrities, ordinary people, his friends, his collectors and of course iconic art works that we today value and readily recognise.  His skill in marrying contemporary culture and society with the highest art values is unparalleled.  I am honoured to know Lluis Barba as an artist and friend and will continue to champion his work with exhibitions throughout the world.

Cynthia Corbett, Director – Owner, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery & Founder, Young Masters Art Prize