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b. 1975, Spain

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.

Secundino Hernández Featured Artworks

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Relieve 18 by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork
Secundino HernándezRelieve 18, 2020Iron nitrate patina on aluminium
21 x 16 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Relieve 15 by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork
Secundino HernándezRelieve 15, 2020Iron nitrate patina on aluminium
21 x 16 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork
Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2018Rabbit skin glue, chalk, CC, titanium white pigment on canvas
300 x 240 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork
Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2002Serigraphy
28 x 21 cm
Luis Adelantado Valencia Enquire
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork
Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2020Acrylic and dye on linen
241 x 200 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork
Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2019Charcoal, ink and dye on linen with artist frame
14 x 19 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork
Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2019Charcoal, ink and dye on linen with artist frame
21 x 16 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Untitled by Secundino Hernández contemporary artwork
Secundino HernándezUntitled, 2019Stitching, charcoal, ink and dye on linen with artist frame
16 x 21 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire

Secundino Hernández Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Secundino Hernández, Secundino Hernández: Dreaming of Wild Honey at Victoria Miro, Online Only, London
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23 June–25 July 2020 Secundino Hernández Secundino Hernández: Dreaming of Wild Honey Victoria MiroOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Secundino Hernández, One More Time Is Good Enough at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
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20 May–1 August 2020 Secundino Hernández One More Time Is Good Enough Galerie KrinzingerGalerie Krinzinger
Contemporary art exhibition, Secundino Hernández, Grapado a la piel at Victoria Miro, Venice
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13 September–19 October 2019 Secundino Hernández Grapado a la piel Victoria MiroVenice

Secundino Hernández Represented By

Victoria Miro contemporary art gallery in Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom Victoria Miro London, Venice

Secundino Hernández In Ocula Magazine

Secundino Hernández Ocula Conversation Secundino Hernández By Rachael Vance, Berlin

Upon meeting artist Secundino Hernández in his studio in Berlin, it becomes apparent that not only is his physical world multi-dimensional, but so too is his approach to making work. Spending half of his time between his hometown of Madrid—the city he grew up in and a metropolis he describes as “grotesque”—and the other...

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Secundino Hernández In Related Press

The Fleshy and the Figurative: a Conversation with Secundino Hernández Related Press The Fleshy and the Figurative: a Conversation with Secundino Hernández 14 October 2019, My Art Guides

After his 2months residency at Victoria Miro Venice, Spanish artist Secundino Hernández is exhibiting the results of his Venetian studio experience which includes small-scale figurative paintings. Mara Sartore: Is this your first residency in Italy? Secundino Hernández: No, my first residency dates back to 1999 in Milan. I finished my...

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In the Studio  Secundino Hernandez Related Press In the Studio Secundino Hernandez 30 November 2017, Collectors Agenda

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...

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Between Line and Color:  Secundino Hernández interview Related Press Between Line and Color: Secundino Hernández interview 13 October 2015, Randian

Abstract painting has seen a dramatic resurgence in the last 10 years but skepticism remains strong (Hal Foster’s essay against expressionism still echoes loudly) and even justified (hence the withering critiques of Zombie Abstraction ). Beyond the merely superficial and pedestrian however, the serious new abstractions—for there is no...

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