Secundino Hernandez In Studio. Photo: Thierry Bal.
When searching for painters who are making their mark at the moment it is almost impossible to overlook the Spanish artist Secundino Hernandez who splits his time between Berlin and Madrid. Over the last years, his direct approach to painting has made a strong impression on collectors. He is creating canvases with a powerful presence of physical immediacy making intuitive use of color and gestural form. Secundino sat down to talk with us about the two cities he lives in, about the role that concept and intuition play in his work, and about how he wants to transform his career.
Secundino, we are in your Madrid studio right now. How do you divide your work between here and your Berlin studio?
My studio here is very wide and open, so I have space to make large scale technical works. When I have an idea or look for the best solution for a painting I don't like to be restricted by space. Also, here, I am able to work on several pieces simultaneously. After major shows, I usually move back to Berlin where I am more likely to find time to relax, to read, to experiment, to look at other shows and to discuss ideas with colleagues. I am convinced that, to get new input and develop fresh ideas, it was a good decision for me to move to Berlin. In Madrid, on the other hand, I have a big studio and my team, so it's ideal to actually get paintings done when I already know what I want to do. And I am familiar with the city and the people in a very different way because it is my hometown.