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Artist Spotlight: Carlos Barahona Possollo

Artist Spotlight: Carlos Barahona Possollo


Possollo explores myth and history in a masterly style that contrasts with his unabashed depictions of intimate situations.

Any of you folks out there that studied mythology in high school or college know that without even having to read between the lines that the gods were horny. Abductions, secret affairs, naked bondage, and transmogrification were fairly common.

Possollo's beautifully rendered work depicts bawdy, fully engorged versions of mythological creatures -- especially fauns -- that seem true to how the gods supposedly behaved. We generally shy away from more explicit images for our art section, but we decided that adding the filter of a second click of the mouse would be appropriate to warn viewers that the content is more adult than usual. If you don't want to see complete nudity, better to move on.

Carlos Barahona Possollo (1967) lives and works in Portugal. He has collaborated with Portuguese government in series of postage stamps, including the series commemorating the fifth centenary of Vasco da Gama's travels. Besides the randy gods of mythology, he also specializes in portraits of the Catholic saints. He is well exhibited in both solo and group shows and his work is included in many museums and private collections.

Check out his website, and you can connect with him on Facebook as well.

Dancing_faun2 Dancing Fauns
Oil on canvas
100 x 80 cm, 2012

Carlos-barahona-01_0Il Punto al qual si traggon d'ogni parte i pesi
Oil on canvas
137 x 137 cm, 1998

Carlos-barahona-03_0The Mighty Horned One, the Monkeys Moth and Barahona, Plus the Infernal Dog
Oil on canvas
137 x 137 cm, 2009

Carlos-barahona-04_0Autumn Faun
Oil on canvas
93 x 67 cm, 2006

Carlos-barahona-05King Sebastian as Ecce Homo
Oil on canvas
90 x 60 cm, 2012

Oil on canvas
116 x 81 cm, 2011

Carlos-barahona-08Self Portrait
Oil on canvas
95 x 67 cm, 1999

Carlos-barahona-09_0Pelops and Poseidon
Oil and gold leaf on wood
120 x 120 cm, 2012

Oil on canvas on wood
100 x 100 cm, 2012

Carlos-barahona-11The Lost Sphynx
Oil on canvas on wood

Carlos-barahona-13Catching Up on Oneself
Oil on canvas
95 x 80 cm, 2008

Carlos-barahona-14_0The Night and Her Two Sons
Oil on canvas
100 x 180 cm, 2011

Carlos-barahona-15Summer Faun
Oil on canvas
81 x 116 cm, 2006

Oil and gold leaf on canvas
92 x 152 cm, 2008

Carlos-barahona-17Temperance II
Oil on canvas
100 x 85 cm, 2012

Oil on canvas
2x (187 x 67 cm)

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