Secundino Hernández Biography

Secundino Hernández's diverse and energetic painting practice resists easy characterisation. His work features intricately structured compositions that mix strong linear elements and rich bursts of colour. Some canvases feature abstracted, atomised forms, while others have more densely overlaid imagery in which it is possible to pick out figurative elements. His paintings deftly combine representation and abstraction, linear draughtsmanship and colouration, minimalism and gesturalism.

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Over the course of his career Hernández has mixed diverse references: a physicality that recalls Action Painting, the shorthand figuration of cartoons, and passages evoking painterly precedents ranging from El Greco to Giacometti, Velázquez to Picabia. This stylistic multiplicity grows out of Hernández's detailed and informed knowledge of art history. While his references are broad he has, in recent years, developed a specific engagement with the work of old and modern masters from his native country, Spain, as a way of getting in touch with his personal and artistic roots. In keeping with the breadth of his influences, Hernández employs a variety of techniques including washing, scraping, and working directly from paint tubes. He has a meticulous and process-oriented approach to making work, and his paintings openly display the triumphs and struggles of the artist's practice, creating a tension between beauty and destruction.

Hernández was born in 1975 in Madrid, where he currently lives and works, as well as Berlin. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria (2007, 2010, 2014); Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (2010, 2014); Galerie Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, Spain (2006, 2009, 2011, 2013) and Galerie Bärbel Grässlin (2013). He has also participated in group shows including Alone Together at the Rubell Family Collection / Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, USA (2013); Dialogos DKV – Patio Herreriano at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Espanol, Valladolid, Spain (2013); Berlin Status 1 at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2012) and Berlin Klondyke 2011 at Art Center Los Angeles, USA (2011). His work is in numerous institutional and private collections, including Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain; Helga de Alvear Foundation, Cáceres, Spain; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA; Kunstdepot Göschenen, Switzerland and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada.

Biography courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

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Secundino Hernández Untitled, 2022 Acryl auf Leinen
143 x 179 cm
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Secundino Hernández Untitled, 2023 Acrylic and dye on linen
138 x 108 cm
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Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork painting
Secundino Hernández Untitled, 2023 Acrylic and dye on linen
138 x 116 cm
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Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork painting
Secundino Hernández Untitled, 2023 Acrylic and dye on linen
138 x 108 cm
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Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork painting
Secundino Hernández Untitled, 2017 Acrylic, rabbit skin glue, chalk, calcium carbonate and titanium white on linen
311 x 261 x 4 cm
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Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork painting
Secundino Hernández Untitled, 2020 Acrylic and dye on linen
87 x 58 x 4 cm
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Barrera by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork painting
Secundino Hernández Barrera, 2022 Acrylic and chalk on linen
240 x 200 cm
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Desire Lines by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork painting
Secundino Hernández Desire Lines, 2022 Stitching and dye on linen
305 x 550 cm
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