Rolando S Barrero
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Biography

ROLANDO BARRERO is an award winning watercolor artist. He has been active in participating competitive plein air paint outs and juried shows in Northern California. His passion has been painting street scenes, boats and harbors, and county fairs, capturing the light, atmosphere and essence of the place. As he loves life, most of his works, people and nature are incorporated and being an Architect, he rarely obscure building elements that he thinks has aesthetic value, and believes that a good painting should tell story.

He started consulting since his school years in Architectural and Interior Design renderings using watercolor, which became his favorite painting medium. It was also when he had experienced plein air painting with the guidance of his teacher in art and design at the university, who was a master perspectivist and watercolorist. It was the time he became aware that drawing skill was essential especially painting street scenes which requires good knowledge in perspective drawing. Rolando embarked on art professionally in 2006 when he lessened his involvement in Architecture and had intensive sessions with international known watercolor painters, to brace himself with the current techniques. Rolando is a signature member of California Watercolor Association and a founding member of Benicia Plein Air Gallery where he conducts workshop in plein air painting.

AWARDS AND JURIED SHOWS

2019.05.17-21 - Carmel 25th Annual Art Festival
            Carmel, CA
             Juried Plein Air Painting Competition
             Plein air painted "At Dolores Stree" Sold
                                     " Moss Landing Harbor" Sold
         
 
2019.05. -30 - Marin County Fair
             Plein Air Painting Competition at the Fair
            "Fun at the Fair"
             2nd Place Award     

2018.05.17-20 - Carmel 24th Annual Art Festival
            Carmel, CA
            Juried Plein Air Painting Competition
            "Moss Landing Harbor"
             HM Award          
    
2018.01.09 California Watercolor Association
          48th Annual National Exhibition 2018 - Marin County
           Accepted - "Last of the Mothball Fleet"

2017.09.18-24 Mendocino Open Paint Out
           A Plein Air Festival       
           "Noyo Harbor"         
           Plein Air Collector
           Featured Artwork Award
           Plein Air Magazine Advertisement,
           value $750 and ribbon   
         
2017.06.30 Marine County Fair
           Plein Air Painting Competition       
           "Fireworks"         
           1st Place Award            
           "At the Fair Entrance"         
           Merit  Award          

2017.06.29 Alameda County Fair
           Plein Air Painting Competition       
           "At The Fair"         
           2nd Place  Award  

2017.05.17-21 - Carmel 24th Annual Art Festival
            Carmel, CA
            Juried Plein Air Painting Competition         
    
           2016      NAPA TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR         
            Juried Art Show - Professional Fine Art
            'Moonlight in Venice'
            Merit Award Award in Water Media

2016      NAPA TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR         
            Juried Art Show - Professional Fine Art
            'Dry Docked Trimaran'
            Special Award in Water Media

2016      NAPA TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR         
            Juried Art Show - Professional Fine Art
            'Feed the Birds''
            5th Place Award in Water Media

2016.05.12-15 - Camel 23rd Annual Art Festival
            Carmel, CA
            Juried Plein Air Painting Competition         
           'Moss Landing Harbor'
            HM Award
            Juror Huang Liu

2016.04-08-16 - AMERICAN CANYON ARTS FOUNDATION
            24th Annual Art Extravaganza - Juried Show
            Jamieson Ranch Vineyard, Napa, CA             
           
2015.09.26 - GREAT PETALUMA PAINT OUT
            Petaluma, CA
            Plein Air Painting Competition         
           "Across the bridge"
            2nd Place Award

2015.07.01 - MARINE COUNTY FAIR
            San Rafael, CA
            Plein Air Painting Competition         
            'Avenue of the Flags''
            3rd Place Award

2015.06.25 - ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIR
            Pleasanton, CA
            Plein Air Painting Competition         
            'Fair Time'
            2nd Place Award

2015.04-01-09 - AMERICAN CANYON ARTS FOUNDATION
            23rd Annual Art Extravaganza - Juried Show
            Jamieson Ranch Vineyard, Napa, CA             
            'Getting Ready' -  Berkeley Marina
            1st Place Award in Watercolor
            'China Town'
            3rd Place Award in Watercolor

2015.05.13-16  22nd Annual CARMEL ART FESTIVAL
            Juried  Plein Air Painting Competition
            Carmel, CA              
            
2014.09.08-13 2nd. MENDOCINO OPEN PAINT OUT
            Plein Air Painting Competition
            Mendocino, CA              
            'Noyo Harbor Lights'
            1st Place Award in Watercolor
            
2014.08.17  SCENE ON THE STRAIT
            Martinez, CA          
            Juried Art Show

2014.07.16.  NAPA TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR         
            Juried Art Show - Professional Fine Art
            'Fruit Stall'
            Best of Show Award in Water Media

2014.07.16.  NAPA TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR         
            Juried Art Show - Professional Fine Art
            'Sea Wave Fishing Vessel'
            4th Place Award in Water Media

2014.07.16.  NAPA TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR         
            Juried Art Show - Professional Fine Art
            'Foggy Golden Gate'
            5th Place Award in Water Media

2014.07.16.  NAPA TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR         
            Juried Art Show - Professional Fine Art
            'End of Market Street'
            Special Award Award in Water Media

2014.07.16.  NAPA TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR         
            Juried Art Show - Professional Fine Art
            'Sea Wave Fishing Vessel''
           3rd Place Award in Watercolor

2014.05.31  Contra Costa County Fair, Antioch, CA
            Plein Air Painting Competition at the Fair
            'Fair Time"
            2nd Place Award

2014.05.15-18  21st Annual CARMEL ART FESTIVAL
            Juried  Plein Air Painting Competition
            Carmel, CA              
            'At The Mission  Fountain"
            1st Place Best Watercolor Watercolor

2014.05.31  Contra Costa County Fair, Antioch, CA
            Plein Air Painting Competition at the Fair
            'Fair Time"
            2nd Place Award

2014.04.4-5  America Canyon Art Foundation
            Art Extravaganza
            'End of Market Street' San Francisco, CA
            2nd Place Award

2013.09.09-14 Mendocino Open Paint Out
            Plein Air Painting Competition
            Mendocino, CA              
            1st Place Quick Draw - 'Main Street'  
            HM in Watercolor - 'At Kasten Street'

2013.07.03 Marin County Fair
            Plein Air Painting Competition
            San Rafael, CA              
            'Two Guards'
            2nd. Place Award
           
2013.06.01 Contra Costa County Fair
            Antioch, CA                 
            Plein Air Painting Competition at the Fair
            'Midway of Fun'
            1st. Place Award           

2012.08.11 Scene On The Strait
           Martinez, CA                 
           Juried Show

2012.07.29-08.4 Frank Bette Plein Air
           Paint Out                 
           Juried Show

2012.06.30 Marine County Fair
           Plein Air Painting Competition       
           "Fair Time"         
           Merit  Award           
          
2012.06.28 Alameda County Fair
           Plein Air Painting Competition       
           "Magical Midway"         
           1st Place  Award          

2012.06.02  Contra Costa County Fair
           Plein Air Painting Competition       
           "Fair Time"         
           1st Place  Award                    

2011.09.25  California Watercolor Association
           Annual National Show - Ross  CA
           Accepted - "Old Silver Mine", Comstock Lode, NV        
           Quick Draw Peoples' Choice Award "At the Gazebo"         
                      
2011.09.18  Great Petaluma Paint Out  2011         
           Petaluma CA          
          "Petaluma Waterfront"
           1st. Place, Artists' Choice Award

2011 - 08 - 13  SCENE ON THE STRAIT
          Martinez, CA          
          Annual Juried Art Show

2011 - 06-30  MARIN COUNTY FAIR
          Plein Air Painting Competition
         "Fun Fair"
          2nd Place Award
                  
2011.06.30-07.04 MARIN COUNTY FAIR
          Juried exhibition
          'Golden Gate from Presidio'
         
2011 - 09-18 CWA 42nd National Exhibition
          Ross, California
          "Old Silver Mine", Virginia City, NV
          Plein Air Painting
          Juror: Katherine Chang Liu        

2011 - 06-05 Crockett Plein Air Paint Out
          Crockett CommunityFoundation
          Epperson Gallery - Organizer
         "C & H Sugar Factory"
          3rd. Place Award
          Juror: Randall Sexton
         
2011 - 06-04 Contra Costa County Fair
          Plein Air Painting Competition    
         "At The Fair"
         First Place Award
       
2011 - CWA John Muir Aspen Surgical Center Exhibit
         133 La Casa, Via Suite 150,
         Walnut Creek, CA  -  Feb. 12 - Mar. 25
         "Union Square" - 3rd. Place Award          
         Juror - Fred Cling

2010 - The Valona Annual Paint Out
         Crockett, CA  -  Oct. 16-22, 2010
         "Toot's Tavern" - Artists' Choice Award
         "Joy Marina#4" - Honorable Mention Award

2010 - The Great Petaluma Paint Out 2010
         Petaluma, CA  -  Sept. 11, 2010
         "Clock Tower"
         1st. Place Artists' Choice Award
         
2010 - California Watercolor Association
         Presidio Paintout  -  August 29, 2010
         "At Main Street" - People's Choice Award

2010 - Frank Bette Plein Air Paint Out
         Frank Bette Center for the Arts
         Alameda, CA -  July 26 - 31, 2010
         
2010 - California Watercolor Association
         Presidio Paintout  -  July 25, 2010
         "Fire House" - 2nd. Place Award

2010.06.05 Contra Costa County Fair
         Antioch, CA
         Plein Air Painting Competition
         Juror: Rita Pestoe
         "County Fair " - 1st. Place Award

2010.04.10-05.16 - Best of Show
         Epperson Gallery
         Crockett, CA

2010 - Spring Plein Air
         Patris Studio and Art Center at S12
         1200 S Street   
         Sacramento, CA 95814

2009 -  VALONA 13th. Annual Plein Air Festival
         Oct. 17-25  Crockett, CA
         Juror: Randall Sexton
         "Old Crockett Post Office" - !st. Place Award
                                          
2009 -  CAPITOL Annual Plein Air Festival
           Oct. 11-16  Sacramento, CA
                                                      
2009 - Plein Air Painting Competition
         Alameda County Fair - July 8
         Pleasanton, CA   
         Jurors: Marlowe Boyd & David Hevel
         "Carnival Fun" -  2nd. Place Award

2009 - Plein Air Painting Competition
         Costa County Fair  -  May 30 Antioch, CA
         Juror: Clancy Crew
         "At The Fair "- 1st. Place Award

2009  - Paint Out at the Presidio - May 2
          CWA & Presidio Trust, San Francisco, CA
          "Chapel of our Lady"
          People's Choice Award

2009 - Paint Out at the Presidio - April 4
          CWA & Presidio Trust, San Francisco, CA
          "At Crissy Field Trail"
          People's Choice Award

2009  - Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
           Celebrating Vallejo's Urban Forest
           Plein Air Painting Exhibition
         "Approaching Hanns Park"

2009 - SAN FRANCISCO BAY FLYWAY FESTIVAL
          A project of Arc Ecology
          Mare Island, Vallejo, CA
         13th. Annual Festival, Art Show
          and Plein Air Competition
         Jurors: Randy Sexton & Barbara Simmons
         "Barges, Boats & Cranes" - - Ist. Place  Award
         "Going Up the Trail" - - -  -  - 2nd. Place Award

2009  - CWA National Exhibition
           Presidio Officers - Exhibition Hall
           San Francisco, CA
           Juror: John Salminen
          "Golden Gate from Presidio"
           7th. Place - People's Choice Award

2008  -  Fourth Annual Rivertown Plein Air Paint Out
           Lynn House Gallery, Antioch, CA
          "Nina" - 3rd. Place Award

2008  -  24th. Annual Pittsburg Seafood Festival
           Sponsored by CWA & City of Pittsburg, CA
           Art in Action - Plein Air Painting Competition
          "Sailing Home" - People's Choice Award

1997  - CWA - Blackhawk Gallery, Danville CA
          "Lecaste Cuenta"  - H Mention

1997 -   CWA  - Blackhawk Gallery, Danville CA
           "Moonlight in Venice"  - H Mention

1997  -  CWA  - Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA
           "Gothic Window"  - H Mention
             
1996  -  TRITON MUSEUM OF ART  - Santa Clara, CA
           Biennial Statewide Watercolor Competition
           and Exhibition
           "My Hero"  Juror  -  Jane R. Hostetter

1994 -  TRITON MUSEUM OF ART
           Santa Clara, CA                                            
           Biennial Statewide Watercolor
           Competition and Exhibition
           "Gondolier"


 
 
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