Colombian artist Juan Manuel Baraya G. uses oil on canvas, graphite, pastel, or giclée to dramatically render the substantial, Atlantean grace of 20th-century steam trains. Baraya selects modern and antique locomotives as his subjects, which he describes as artistic references of beauty and harmony, often making copies from smaller models to depict the machines accurately.
Baraya’s remembrance of his hometown of Honda, Colombia, has had a heavy influence on his artwork, and many of the stations he depicts are based upon the transportation hubs as he recalls them from his memory. “My elementary school was very close to the train station, and my classroom was next to the train tracks. When the train was arriving and blew its whistle, I would stand on my desk to see it pass by.”
Baraya recently enjoyed his first solo exhibition at the Colombian consulate in Paris, and continues to exhibit and sell his paintings throughout Colombia and Italy.