Noé Barnett

Noé Barnett

Born: 1992, Albuquerque, NM

Biography and Information

Biography
Noé Barnett is an emerging painter and important figure in the mural community in Albuquerque, NM. His unique life experience has given him the ability to see both sides of a very polarized society and uses his work as a bridge between diverse communities.

Unity is a dominant theme in his projects as he strives to create opportunities where deeper conversations can be achieved. In the wake of recent police shootings, one of Barnett’s most recent murals, “Over Come” was executed in Albuquerque to literally “shed some light” on the history of the civil rights movement. Barnett integrated faces of both victims of racial inequity and important leaders of social justice from the past 60 years. In doing so, he invites his viewer to contemplate why recent reactions are not about singular events but to generations of infractions. Layering paper faces and painted text, iridescent spray paint was strategically applied so the words “Over Come” appear when the mural is illuminated by light.

In his studio practice, Barnett works with light as both a subject and a medium. Striving to include different perspectives, each piece is a painted representation of the visible light spectrum. His work provides space to consider what it is like to be Black in our current times and more specifically how cultures can come together as a community and stay in the light. Barnett serves as a mediator in much of his work by focusing on what is shared and providing space as a catalyst for growth.

Other public projects include the New Mexico United Mural, Hometown Heroes, and Can You See Me? – all which have received much attention from the press. He has exhibited in the southwest and currently lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.

You cannot mess with light. – Noé Barnett

Education
2018
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico, Painting and Drawing.

Exhibitions
2020
CHARCOAL: Strokes of Vitality, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
United By Paint, Electric Playhouse, Albuquerque, NM

2019
Artist Days at the Rail Yards, South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

2018
Maternal Expressionism (solo), Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
Tertium Quid: The Gray Spy (solo), CFA Downtown Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2017
COURAGE – A Fine Art Exhibition, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX
Undergrad Juried Show, John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Murals:
2020
Hometown Heroes, 5450 Pino Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Azul, 12th and Mountain, Albuquerque, NM
Over Come, Central and Washington, Albuquerque, NM
Somos Unidos, 201 Coal Ave Se 87102, Albuquerque, NM

2019
Sawmill, 8th and Haines, Albuquerque, NM
District, 7th and Haines, Albuquerque, NM

2018
Can you See Me?, 3123 Central Ave NE D, Albuquerque, NM 87106, Albuquerque, NM

Awards
2018
College Station Artist in Residence

2017
Reggie Behl Drawing Award Winner
Ada Wester Fine Art Endowment
Brown Art History Scholarship

Press
2020
Maria Manuela, New Mexico Magazine, November 6
Pilar Martinez, Bringing the Circus to Nob Hill, Albuquerque Journal, October 1
Noé Barnett, OVER COME , Colores! New Mexico PBS
Noé Barnett, Love Murals, Love ABQ , muroconnect.com
Megan Abundis, Albuquerque muralist spreads message of unity through his art, KOB 4, June 11
Local artist creating ‘Hometown Heroes’ mural, KRQE 13, May 20
New Mexico United mural showing signs of wear and tear, KRQE Channel 13, January 31

2019
BEHIND THE DESIGN – New Mexico United’s Downtown Mural, USL Championship News, November 27
Sasha Lenninger, From the pitch to the heart of the Duke City, KOAT 7, November 18
Downtown mural dedicated to New Mexico United unveiled, KRQE Channel 13, November 15
Dan McKay, Lawmakers hear pitch for soccer stadium in Albuquerque, Albuquerque Journal, November 14
Alex Hiett, New Downtown mural dedicated to United, Daily Lobo, November 11
Clark Condé, THERE WILL BE HONKING: A Downtown United Mural in Process, Weekly Alibi: ART MAGNIFIED, November 7
Local artist begins mural inspired by New Mexico United, KRQE Channel 13, October 31
Francesca Washington, Artist left with questions after city removes mural without permission, KRQE Channel 13, March 25
UNM student’s artwork addresses gun control debate , KOB Channel 4, Albuquerque, NM

2018
Alyssa Bitsie, “Walk for Freedom” seeks to abolish modern slavery, Daily Lobo, October 22
UNM student’s artwork addresses gun control debate, KOB Channel 4
Tertium Quid: A Gray Spy, Weekly Alibi

Press Release
2020 CHARCOAL: Strokes of Vitality at Richard Levy Gallery