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Ho Baron

2830 Aurora
El Paso, TX 79930, U.S.A.
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Phone: 9155627820
Email: h.baron@att.net
URL: http://www.hobaron.com

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

The imagery of Ho's sculpture has its roots in the ancients, like the Hindu and the Mayan. Representational and figurative, the work is a product of extensive travel, a thousand ink drawings, free expression, immense deliberation, imaginative clay play and labor.

 Ho's images are primitive, naive or brut, yet primal, they are fluid and sophisticated.  They are excessive and complex, tribal and surreal, cosmic and baroque. They are intuitive translations of a fluid-like imagery that lend themselves to scenario, beyond monsters or gargoyles, to other beings. Intricate, tactile and visually intriguing, each image is a continuous play on our physical and emotional features. Ho's sculptures are fun and funny, and they are a satiric visual representation of his world view. They are anthropomorphic creatures and fantastic icons.

 Ho calls his figures "Gods for Future Religions."  In his 2012 book by that title, he weaves a story of a mythical kingdom where his surreal sculptures play Jungian archetypal roles. Seventy sculptures are boldly and beautifully displayed along with his lively interpretation of his imagery. A Kirkus review coins the book part monograph, part manifesto and “H.R. Giger meets Keith Haring, illuminated by the artist’s engaging insight.”  The book is available on Amazon in print and also in ebook format.

PUBLIC ART AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

2014 - 16  “The Distortionists,” “Sculpture Art Stroll,” two-year exhibition. Round Rock, TX2010 Georgetown Sculpture Tour (Georgetown Public Library, San Gabriel Park & Georgetown Recreation Center), Georgetown, TX
2009 "One," El Paso Museum of Art, permanent. El Paso, TX
2009 "On the Upside Down," Peace Arch Park, one year. Blaine, WA
2009 Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, TX
2009 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX
2007 "Sculpture on Main," one year. Marble Falls, TX
2006 "A Novel Romance," El Paso Public Library, permanent. El Paso, TX
2004 "Free Thinker," American Visionary Art Museum, permanent. Baltimore, MD
2004 "Sculpture in the Streets," one year. Mesa, AZ
2003 "Sculpture in the Streets," one year. Mesa, AZ
1998 "The Kid," El Paso Museum of Archaeology, permanent. El Paso, TX

SOLO SHOWS
2015 "Hollucianations," invitational show. Rock House Gallery, El Paso, TX.2010 "Gods for Future Religions," University of Texas, El Paso, TX
2007 "Artists on Art," El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
2005 "Surreal Icons," Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM
1999 Ironwood Industries, Austin, TX, Marfa, TX
1997 "Masquerade," Untitled Center of the Arts, Taos, NM
1996 "Dioses del Futuro," Museo Arqueologia, Juarez, MX
1989 "Gods for Future Religions," Bridge Gallery, El Paso, TX

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2015 Joe, Vinny & Bronsons, invitational show. El Paso, TX
2015 
“15 for 15,” invitational show. Metal Arts Village, Tucson, AZ
2015 “Art City Austin,” juried show. Austin, TX
2014 “Tucson Sculpture Festival,” invitational show. Tucson, AZ
2013 “A Show of Heads,” juried show. Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2013 “Space & Movement,” juried show. Dougherty Art Center, Austin, TX
2013 Texas Society of Sculptors, invitational show. Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, TX
2013- 15 Works exhibited. Rokoko Gallery, Las Cruces, New Mexico
2013 “Mad World.” Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
2012-13 “Texas Society of Sculptors, invitational show. French Legation Museum, Austin, TX
2011-14 Works exhibited. Benini Studio & Sculpture Ranch, Johnson City, TX
2012 “SculpFest.” Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin,TX
2012 “Inquisitive Eyes.” El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
2012 “Gods, Goddesses, Gurus and Gremlins.” Rokoko Art Gallery, Mesilla, NM
2012 Texas Society of Sculptors, invitational show. L.A. Thompson Gallery, Clifton, TX
2011-12 Work exhibited. Hill Design & Gallery, Georgetown, TX
2011 “Life in these Texas Hills.” Artisans at Rock Hill Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2011 “Imagination.” Mills Pond House Gallery, Saint James, NY
2011 Works exhibited. Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, NM
2010 Los Paisanos Gallery, invitational show. Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, TX
2010-12 Work exhibited. Ed Larson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010 “Summer 2010,”Preston Contemporary Art Center, juried show. Mesilla, NM
2010 “Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art,” juried show. Houston, TX.
2010 Balcones Festival Sculpture Stroll, invitational show. Balcones Refuge, Bertram, TX.
2009 “Strange Figurations,” Limner Gallery, group show. Hudson, NY
2009 Austin Galleries, juried show. Austin, TX
2009 “Sculptfest.” Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin TX
2009 “Animal Attractions,” juried show. The Fells, Newbury, NH
2009 Texas Society of Sculptors, juried show. Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, TX
2009 Texas Society of Sculptors, juried show. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX
2009 “1st Annual Juried Group Show.” The Taos Gallery, Taos, NM
2008 Crossings Wellness Center, invitational show, one year exhibition. Austin, TX
2008 “Old Town San Diego Art Festival,” juried show. San Diego, CA
2008 “Go Downtown Albuquerque Arts Festival,” juried show. Albuquerque, NM
2008 “11th Annual Artfest,” juried show, Best of Show Sculpture. Henderson, NV
2008 “Riverspan Sculpture Exhibition,” juried show. Cincinnati, OH
2007 “Sculptor’s Dominion Invitational.” San Antonio, TX
2005 “New Works,” three person show.People’s Galley, City Hall, El Paso, TX
2004 “Out of the Ordinary,” invitational show. Marcus Gallery, El Paso, TX.
2004 “Gods and Insects,” two person show. Arte Loca Gallery, Bernalillo, NM
2004 “Sculptors Dominion Invitational.” San Antonio, TX
2003 “Loveland Sculpture Show,” invitational show. Loveland, CO
2003 Works Exhibited. Crucible Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Norman, OK
2002 “Outsider Art,” invitational show. Marcus Gallery, El Paso, TX
2001 “Arts International,” juried show. El Paso Art Association, El Paso, TX
2000 “E.P. Sculpture Society,” invitational show. International Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
1997 “Expanded Horizons,” invitational show. Marcus Gallery, El Paso, TX
1995 “Arts International,” juried show, third place winner. El Paso Art Association, El Paso, TX
1995 “Artistas Fronterizos,” invitational show. History Museum, Juarez, Mexico
1995 “Tombstone Show,” juried show. Adobe Gallery, Cerrillos, NM
1995 “The Surreal Edge,” two person show. People’s Gallery, City Hall, El Paso, TX
1994 “Masks,” two person show. Artspace 2300, El Paso, TX
1994 “Darkening,” three person show. Dark’s Art Parlour, Santa Ana, CA
1994 “Darkside,” juried show. 8th Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1994 “Loveland Sculpture Show,” invitational show. Loveland, CO
1994 “North American Sculpture Exhibition,” juried show. Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
1994 “Folk, Tribal, Contemporary Inspirations,” juried show. Perry House Galleries, Alexandria, VA
1993 “Sculpture Walk,” juried show. Sedona, AZ
1993 “Summer Salon,” invitational show. Spirit Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1989 “U.S. Consulate Exhibition,” invitational show. Juarez Institute of Fine Arts, Juarez, Mexico