Hernández is known for his expressive paintings, deriving from the premise of figurative expression and abstract expressionism. The youthful energy of Secundino Hernández’s paintings has captured worldwide attention. Somewhere between figuration and abstraction, Hernández’s works are powerful in its insistence to lead the gaze across large canvases.
Radiating fascination with the creative process, Hernández’s works ground the visual power of painting firmly in the present. In his latest body of work, history appears fragmented, its components concealed or scattered. Splinters of color, layers of primer folding on the canvas – and in contrast – washed off and reduced paint, exposing the bare canvas that resembles cut outs. Hernández plays with the surface of the canvas and with our perspective of painting. Exclusive for the exhibition at Galerie Forsblom in Stockholm, a wallpaper picturing Hernández studio in Madrid is used as a background, tricking the spectator’s eye like a trompe l’œil.
Born in 1975 in Madrid, where he currently lives and works, Hernández has held recent solo exhibitions at institutions including the Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2015) and Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France (2014). His work is in numerous institutional and private collections including National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK; Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA; Museo Municipal de Madrid, Spain; Kunstdepot Göschenen, Switzerland; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada. (Forsblom press-release)