Isabel Barbuzza was born in Mendoza, Argentina and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa. She studied art at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina (1978) and received a BA (1988) and an MFA (1990) in Art Studio from the University of California in Santa Barbara. Barbuzza’s work has been the subject of one-person’s exhibitions at the Englert Theater, Iowa City; Contemporary Arts Forum in California; The Teaching Gallery, Hudson River College, Troy, NY; Gallery Northwest, Gary, Indiana; Western Kentucky University Art Gallery, Bowling Green, Kentucky; Coe College Art Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; ED Contemporaneo, Mendoza, Argentina; ECA- Espacio Contemporaneo de Arte, Mendoza, Argentina. Her work has been included in thematic exhibitions including Contemporary Cartographies, curated by Susan Hoeltzel and Yuneikys Villalonga at Lehman College Art Gallery, CUNY Bronx, NY; A.I.R. 10th Gallery Biennial. curated by Ingrid Schaffner Senior Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA. A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Point/Counter Point: Two Views of 20th Century Latin American Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; Identities, Works from the Permanent Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Santa Barbara, CA; …and one more thing added to the world: The Borges Effect On Contemporary Artists' Books, curated by Buzz Spector, the Old Capitol Museum, the University of Iowa, IA; From Azaceta to Zuñiga: 20th Century Latin American Art. Works represented by: Orozco, Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Eugenia Vargas, Isabel Barbuzza and others, California Latin American Book Arts, Center for The Books Arts, New York City, NY and traveling to The Paper Trail, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; National Library of Canada, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis; Landscapes Designed by Women, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, curated by Patricia Rodriguez, art gallery director; Arte Contemporaneo de artistas Mendocinos, Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno de Mendoza. Mendoza, Argentina. Subjected Culture – Interruptions and resistances on femaleness, international itinerant show traveling to MACRO, Rosario, Argentina and Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.Curated by Graciela Ovejero.
In 2009 and 2010 and through ED Contemporaneo her work was presented in ArteBA Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work is in private and public collections in the United States and abroad. Currently, she is an associate professor at the School of Art and Art History in the University of Iowa where she teaches and directs the sculpture program in the area of Dimensional Practice.
As a sculptor Barbuzza is interested in the relationships between space, place, objects, and materials in contemporary culture and how through perception, thought and language we engage with the physical world in unexpected ways.