Welcome to the (Peruvian) jungle at Praise Shadows Art Gallery

Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, December 5, 2022

Juan José Barboza-Gubo often travels into the Peruvian jungle. In “Return-Eternal-Return” at Praise Shadows Art Gallery, the artist, who is based in Lima and Boston and teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, uses materials from there such as fish scales, wood, and a found boat to fashion a mystical journey into the Amazon.


His paintings and sculptures flow with unabashed gestures and details that tell stories. In “Dia-tarde-noche-dia” (“Day-afternoon-night-day”) an acrylic hoop with scales from a paiche, a fish native to the Amazon basin, evokes circles of time, evolution, and life.


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