In 2010, Genea Barnes was voted best emerging artist by San Francisco Bay Guardian readers. She has been showing artwork since 2005. She has shown in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Richmond, Virginia, New York, and Milan, Italy.
Genea has always been compelled by reality and imagination. Wanting to see what is really there, underneath the masks. But appreciating the masks, the show, and the deceit that perceptions carry. The unique way in which she sees through masks allows her to see the world in a way that is uniquely her own.
Most known for her surreal nudes and dramatic portraits, Genea’s work has taken a turn. In recent years, she has been enormously inspired by painters. One might even say envious of them, and their ability to put onto canvas what it is they see and feel. One might describe Genea’s new work as “painting with photographs.” With the use of photoshop, she has finally found a way to create the vision within her. Genea currently works and resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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