Nu Barreto is born in 1966 in São Domingos (Guinea-Bissau). Nú Barreto has been living and working in Paris since 1989.
Graduated from the École Nationale des Métiers de l’Image des Gobelins (Paris, France), Nú Barreto has forged a language of his own and developed a multidisciplinary and political practice.

He has been immediately recognised as a talented artist and from 1998 until now he has exposed his works representing his country in Portugal, France, Germany, Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Senegal, Switzerland, Burkina-Faso, Brazil, China. Drawing has been Nú Barreto’s favorite medium since childhood.

Nú Barreto depicts the violence that marked the African continent. According to the artist, his screaming mouth bears witness of the daily suffering of the African people as well as its collective memory. The various iconographic and plastic resources that Nú Barreto uses in his works on paper all contribute to their strong evocative and emotional power.

Despite the critical content of his work, the artist continues to have an unfailing trust in men, especially in his homo imperfect, which flaws he likes to ridicule in order for him to correct them. This virtuous power of art has inspired the artist deeply hopeful artworks.



2021 – L’Imparfait et l’Impératif / Galerie Nathalie Obadia/Paris
2019 – Homo Imparfaits / Galerie Nathalie Obadia / Bruxelles / Belgique”
2018 – Africa, Renversante Renversée – Galerie Nathalie Obadia / Paris
– Spécial Projet, 1:54 London UK – Galerie Nathalie Obadia
2016 – Fil Rouge. Curator et préface: Yacouba Konaté – LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery Abidjan / Côte d’Ivoire.
– Funguli Sapiens / Galeria Arte Periférica / Lisboa / Portugal
2015 – ”Funguli – Ressonância / Museu da Taipa. Curator: Pedro Reigadas. Macau / China
– We c’est l’Afrique / Galerie Goldenberg – Paris /France
2013 – Cultura Para La Libertad / Galerie Kalao.. Curator: Jesus Ahedo – Bilbao /
– UB Anderson Gallery – Buffalo / New York / USA
2007 – Galeria Imerge – Porto / Portugal
– Galerie Art d’ailleurs d’aujourd’hui. Paris / France
2004 – La Cesi – Mont St. Aignan / France
2002 – Place de l’Hôtel de Ville – St. Quentin / France
– Air France – Rouen / France
2001 – Mairie de Darnetal / France
1998 – Exposition Universelle “Pavillon de la Guinée ». Lisbonne / Portugal


2022 – Je Suis Moi-Même Le Soleil (Curator: Liz Gomis) / Galerie 31 Project / Paris
– Europa Oxalá :- (Curators: António Pinto Ribeiro, Katia Kameli, Aimé Npané Enkobo). Museu Calouste Gulbenkian/Lisboa/Portugal
2021 – Europa Oxalá : – (Curators: António Pinto Ribeiro, Katia Kameli, Aimé Npané) – Mucem/Marseille / France.
– The Summer Exhibition ‘Reclaiming Magic’ (Curator: Yinka Shonibare) – The Royal Academy Of Arts – London / England.
– Inauguration Show – (9-25 Sep. 2021), Fbg. Saint Honoré-Paris / Galerie Nathalie Obadia.
– The Summer Show – Galerie Nathalie Obadia / Bruxelles.
– Encontro Luso (Curator: António Soares Lopes) – Palácio Baldaya, Benfica/Lisboa/Portugal.
– AFRICA STAGED/AFRICA MESSA IN SCENA – Lis10 Gallery (Curator: Alessandro Romanini)/Pietrasanta/Italy.
– High Emission Zone / Galerie Nathalie Obadia/Paris
2020 – Looking Forward / Galerie Nathalie Obadia / Paris
– Lumières d’Afriques – Standard Bank Gallery / Johannesburg / Afrique du Sud
2019 – Autores Lusófonos V/ PLMJ – Grande Lisboa Macau
– Autores Lusófonos IV/PLMJ – Instituto Camões – Lisboa / Portugal
– Lumières d’Afriques- Musée Mohammed VI d’Art Moderne et Contemporain – Rabat / Maroc.

Nu Barreto
oil, pastel, watercolor on paper applied on canvas, 110 x 110 cm


Nu Barreto
o ser no impasse
oil, pastel, watercolor on paper applied on canvas, 110 x 110 cm


Nu Barreto
oil, pastel, watercolor on paper applied on canvas, 110 x 110 cm

Nu Barreto