Rafael Gomez Barros (b. 1972) was raised in Bogota, Colombia, where he still lives and works. He studied plastic arts at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. His projects interrogate the political situation in Colombia and reflect on the duality of various themes: the individual and society, desire and reality, identity and anonymity. His most recognized work thus far has been giant ant sculptures created from the casts of two human skulls, bringing sharply to mind the thin veil between life and death, a theme continued in SONAJEROS. HOUSE TAKEN featured his ants covering the classical façade of the Colombian National Congress to address national security policies that have created violence for decades. In RATTLES and URNS, works that are strongly associated with the nature of the mind, Gomez Barros questions the fragility of life and its resistance to death, through his interest in ritual and repetitiveness.
Gomez Barros has had eleven solo exhibitions and has been exhibited in numerous group shows internationally, in countries including Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States, Austria, and Cuba. His pieces are included in several prestigious private and public collections, such as that of the Museo de Arte Moderna, Colombia.