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Biography

Creative Process

Douglas Barkey is an American-born artist who spent his childhood and youth in Argentina. His creative perspective reflects a life spent moving between multiple cultures and languages; being influenced by Latin American artists, musicians, and relationships; and translating these cross-cultural experiences into a postmodern world. Among his exhibits are one-person shows at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Victoria Price Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, a group showing at the Museo de Arte Ateneo de Yucatan and a show of digital photographs at FotoNoviembre in Yucatan, Mexico. 

Barkey received a bi-lingual high school education in Buenos Aires, Argentina before attending the Universidad de Puerto Rico and Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he received a BA in Fine Arts.  After working a year as a professional photographer in St. Paul he began graduate work at the University of Iowa where he received an MA in Sculpture and an MFA in Photography.

He has subsequently lived, worked, and exhibited in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Maine, New York, New Mexico, and Virginia. His perspective as an artist bridges the fine arts and design - he has worked with several internationally reknown artists and designers, including Philip Pearlstein, James Wines, Adam Tihany, Henry Wolf, Armando Milani, Ivan Chermayeff, Toshio Ohi, Hisashi Hara, and Nicole Miller.

He was an early adopter and pioneer in using computers to enhance, animate, and montage photographs. His interest in applying new technology in his artistic practice led to the first major exhibit of digital-based art in the Dominican Republic. His current work synthesizes the unique qualities of photographic motion, precise digital tonal control, and montage to create images that explore the spiritual energy embedded in nature.