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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

2010 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
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

TWO PERSON SHOWS
2005 "New Works," People's Gallery, City Hall, El Paso, TX
2004 Arte Loca Gallery, Bernalillo, NM
1995 "The Surreal Edge," City Hall, El Paso, TX
1994 "Masks," Artspace 2300, El Paso, TX

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2013 Works exhibited, Rokoko Gallery, Las Cruces, NM
2013 Texas Society of Sculptors, juried show, Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, TX
2013 "Mad World," Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
2013 "SculpFest," Texas Society of Sculptors, invitational show, Umlauf Sculpture Graden, Austin, TX
2012 Texas Society of Sculptors, invitational show, French Ligation Museum, Austin, TX
2012 Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, TX
2012-2013 2012 Texas Society of Sculptors, juried 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
2011-12 Work exhibited, Benini Studio and Sculpture Ranch
2011 Work exhibited, Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, NM
2010-12 Work exhibited, Ed Larson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010 "Beauty in the Abstract," Los Paisanos Gallery, Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, TX
2010 "Summer 2010," Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, NM
2010 "Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2010," Houston, TX
2010 Balcones Festival Sculpture Stroll, Balcones Refuge, Bertram, TX
2009 Austin Galleries, Austin, TX
2009 "Sculptfest," Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, TX
2009 "Strange Figurations," Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2009 "Animal Attractions," The Fells, Newbury, NH
2009 "1st Annual Juried Show," The Taos Gallery, Taos, NM
2008 Crossings Wellness Center, one year. Austin, TX
2008 "Old Town San Diego Art Festival," San Diego, CA
2008 "Go Downtown Arts Festival," Albuquerque, NM
2008 "11th Annual Artfest," Best of Show, Henderson, NV
2008 "Riverspan Sculpture Exhibition," Cincinnati, OH
2007 "Sculptors Dominion Invitational," San Antonio, TX
2004 "Sculptors Dominion Invitational," San Antonio, TX
2003 "Loveland Sculpture Show," Loveland, CO
2003 Crucible Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Norman, OK
2002 "Outsider Art," Marcus Gallery, El Paso, TX
2001 "Arts International," El Paso Art Association, El Paso, TX
2000 "E.P. Sculpture Society," Int'l Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
1997 "Expanded Horizons," Marcus Gallery, El Paso, TX
1995 "Arts International," El Paso Art Association, El Paso, TX
1995 "Artistas Fronterizos," History Museum, Juarez, Mexico
1995 "Tombstone Show," Adobe Gallery, Cerrillos, NM
1994 "Darkening," Dark's Art Parlour, Santa Ana, CA
1994 "Darkside," 8th Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1994 "Loveland Sculpture Show," Loveland, CO
1994 "Sculpture Exhibit," Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
1994 "Tribal Inspirations," Perry House Gallery, Alexandria, VA
1993 "Sculpture Walk," Sedona, AZ
1993 "Summer Salon," Spirit Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1989 "US Consulate Exhibit," Juarez Inst. Fine Arts, Juarez, MX