5 Little-Known Fun Facts About El Paso Artist Ho Baron
We're sharing five little-known fun facts on one of El Paso's most stunning artists, Ho Baron.
Discover another of El Paso's hidden gems in artist Ho Baron whose magnificent works are currently on display at the El Paso Museum of Art.
Early last year, I had the opportunity to visit Ho Baron at his home, where we talked about his life and work as we toured his garden sculptures on the corner of Piedras and Aurora in Central El Paso.
My afternoon with Ho Baron consisted of colorful stories about his fascinating life and discussing the surreal abstract figures gracing his garden.
Baron is much more than a sculptor working with bronze, cast stone, and resin; he's also an old-school photographer creating original works by manipulating film processing techniques before the age of app filters.
His life-size sculptures, which can run anywhere from $25 to $25K, can be spotted at the downtown library, including locations in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Round Rock, and Georgetown in Austin, Roswell, Silver City, and Baltimore.
For many, Baron's abstract figures are grotesque. However, to Baron, they're his superheroes, which he explains in detail in his accompanying book Gods For Future Religions, which he wrote, illustrates, and defines all his abstract figures.
Even after his cancer diagnosis, at 80 years old, Ho Baron continues to create art; even though it's been a decade since his last sculpture, he primarily works with plastic dolls, toy figurines, and wood.
While Ho Baron may not be working on any new sculptures, his works are currently on display at the El Paso Museum of Art, complimenting the current Salvador Dali: An Homage to Dante art exhibit.
5 Little Known Facts About Ho Baron:
- Ho Baron has a master's degree in English.
- At one time, he was a librarian in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia.
- He also released a small-circulation self-published humor magazine titled El Paso Lampoon in the early '90s.
- Baron has traveled across the world and even spent five years living in an artist community in Belgium.
- He's worked with artists and cement foundries in Ciudad Juarez to create his sculptures.
Don't miss your chance to see one of El Paso's hidden gems, Ho Baron and his otherwordly art and sculptures.
- Ho Baron: Gods For Future Religions Art Exhibit
- El Paso Museum Of Art
- Now through January 15, 2023