Old newspapers and cardboard boxes are the materials Quentley Barbara uses to create his monumental sculptures. Barbara, born in Curaçao, has always been amazed by the carelessness with which the Dutch discard and scrap their belongings. His outdoor sculptures made of paper and cardboard are affected by the weather and crumble as time passes; it is part of their life cycle. For his graduation piece Foreigners, a series of cardboard and duct tape heads portraying his own family, he won the Jan Roëde Prijs. He is making a new outdoor sculpture especially for Tweetakt.
Quentley Barbara grew up in Curaçao and graduated from the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (KABK) in The Hague in 2018. He has won several prizes, including the Best of Graduates 2018 at Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. He has shown work at a range of museums including Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen, Het HEM in Zaandam and Museum Rijswijk.