Artist Statement 2014



The work of Vancouver-based artist Barbara Cadario reflects her desire to create art that expresses the joy of life. She states,

“I am for paintings that are unapologetically beautiful;

I am for paintings that are representational yet may slip into abstraction;

I am for paintings that are perceptual with conceptual undertones;

I am for paintings that communicate the poetics of everyday life, echoing the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres;

I am for paintings that capture the beauty of light and reflection, as revealed by Mary Pratt;

I am for paintings that tell a story and invite you to wonder what comes next;

I am for an art that relives the happy moments of the past;

I am for an art that imagines the future;

I am for paintings that play with time and space;

I am for paintings of the expressive human body;

I am for paintings that are contemporary while honouring past masters.”

(with apologies to Claes Oldenberg’s “I am for an art”, 1961)

Since the age of 9, oil paint has been her favourite medium due to its rich colours and sensuous texture. Barbara also works in acrylic, watercolour and other media. She has a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art+Design along with several other university degrees, and her paintings can be found in private collections in Canada, California and England. Barbara has illustrated three children’s picture books to raise money for charitable organizations. She greatly enjoys commissions that involve working with an individual to imagine and create their own very personal painting.