1948 – Olinda, Pernambuco Son of a carpenter started his career in 1963 as a sculptor-cutter. In 1965, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, becoming involved with the artistic elite in Rio de Janeiro that was experiencing the beginning of Tropicália, cinema novo and new figuration. José Barbosa participated in the progress of the avant-garde with his carvings and metal engravings in exuberant images inspired by his homeland. He participated in the National Salon of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro in 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971. In 1972, he left for Germany where he settled for six years, exhibiting individually in England, Elvaston Gallery, London (organized by Peter Rosenwald), in France, Galerie Debret (1973) and Galerie l'Oeil de Boeuf (1974), both in Paris. Back in Brazil, he was invited to participate in key events such as the Bienal de Cuba and the XVII Bienal de São Paulo (1983) and held individual exhibitions in renowned São Paulo art galleries such as the Escritorio de Arte Renato Magalhães Gouveia (1981) ), Galeria Montesanti-Roesler(1987) in addition to his exhibition at Galeria Bonino do Rio(1992) and Galeria Ranulpho de Recife (2005). At the Jacques Ardies gallery in São Paulo, he held an important solo exhibition of paintings and sculptures in 2003 and 2009. Immune to the involvement of intellectualized art, José Barbosa's creativity expresses his artistic integrity and depth infallibly linked to his roots.