Soul of the Orient

By Edilson Elio Barbosa  

Opening Date: Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Time: 7 PM

Exhibit Duration: 29 April to 31 May 2015

Authentique Art & Design is proud to bring you one of the five Master Painters for 2014 of the International Art Magazine USA, Edilson Elio Barbosa.  


Soul of the Orient is an anthology of paintings depicting traditional Arabic culture. His paintings show his remarkable technique, one of a kind artistry and passion for what he does. Edilson’s inspiration comes from live models, pictures from his trips, and the creation based on research of the arguments found in the old orientalist’s works.   Original and poetic, his Arab scenes reveal a colorful and vigorous painting with free, but calculated brush strokes, built over a disciplined academic drawing. His work reveals the maturity and the master technique at a lucid approach of scenes and figures, bringing a poetical conception of great chromatic harmony into an extremely personal way. The exhibit features 12 of his most exceptional paintings, two of which are from private collectors. 


Edilson Elio Barbosa was born in Brazil in 1965. He has obtained numerous recognitions from critics and has a number of medals from international competitions under his belt. Artist’s Magazine featured him as one of the 8 best portrait painters in the 2001 Painting Competition. Recently, was awarded by the ATM – International Art Magazine USA as one of the 5 Master Painters of 2014 with front cover painting. His biography is part of many art books and magazines, to which some, even use his works as the front cover. One of which is Art Ibero Americano Contemporaneo, 2005 in Argentin. Furthermore his works were already shown in many solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums all over the world, making his mark in the international art market. 

Aside from painting itself, Edilson is part of many causes with regards to art and culture. He is the President of the National Academy of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa member of the Brazilian Academy, delegate of the Italian Academy and member of the AIAP – UNESCO, France, to name a few. From 2005 to 2015, Edilson has organized Brazilian art exhibitions in various places such as, Paris, Rome, Vienna, London, and New York. In 2010, he was invited by the Brazilian Ministry of Industry and Commerce to organize five individual exhibitions in the Middle East, namely, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Damascus and Riyadh respectively.  


Authentique Art & Design is a French art gallery based in Jumeirah 1, representing numerous French artists. All of their pieces are skillfully hand-made, limited edition and come from the rarest materials. They recently opened their doors to hosting exhibits for GCC artists as part of their efforts to introduce French art to the local community.