SERGIO HERNÁNDEZ: AN EXHIBITION AT THE COLEGIO DE SAN IDEFONDO
Mexican artist Sergio Hernandez presented an exhibition at the Colegio de San Idefondo with 143 works. It is the most important and complete exhibition so far, which includes unpublished pieces.
The exhibition of Sergio Hernandez, one of the greatest exponents of Mexican modern art, was inaugurated in Mexico City. The exhibition proposes a journey through Hernandez's artistic universe, his quest to capture the mythology and history of his country, as well as his passion for nature and its relationship with humanity.
The work gathered in the exhibition brings together diverse techniques, different formats and multiple narratives: frescoes, oil paintings, graphics, mixed media, gold and lead whose themes range from the ancient omens that announced the arrival of strangers to Tenochtitlan and the codices of the Conquest, to tables that show the chaotic, tragic and even grotesque, fantasies, dreams, delusions and nightmares.
The exhibition is divided into four sections, symbolizing the artist's creative stages. The sections are: History (Omens and Codices, Benito Juárez, Pinocchio and the Axolot, Violence and Pandemic); Universes (Nocturnal Landscapes and Woods with Gold Leaf); Mythology (Wild, The Nymphs, The Shadow, The Axolot, Burning and others) and Nature (Jungles, Botany, Whales and Territories).
The exhibition goes from history to utopia, from paradise to reality, as the last section is related to nature and the relationship that humans have with it.
Sergio Hernández was born in 1957 in Huajuapan de León, in the Sierra Mixteca of Oaxaca in Mexico. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (1973-1974) and at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado La Esmeralda (1975-1981) in Mexico City. Later, around 1985, he moved to Europe where he began to work as a graphic artist in the Parisian workshop of Peter Bramsen. Since then, his artistic production is very varied and complete, as he has ventured into different areas of the plastic arts such as engraving, sculpture, ceramics and, of course, painting and drawing, becoming one of the most outstanding artists in our country today.
His work is included in the permanent collections of museums such as the Modern Art Museum in Mexico City; the Contemporary Art Museum in Monterrey; the Graphic Arts Institute in Oaxaca; the San Antonio Art Museum; the Würth Museum in Künzelau, Germany; the Laberinto della Masone in Parma, Italy; and the San Diego Art Museum in San Diego, California, United States, among others.
Since the 80s of the 20th century, Sergio Hernández has had a large number of individual and collective, national and international exhibitions.
Among his many distinctions and awards are the René Portocarrero International Prize, Havana, Cuba, 2014; the Official Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, 2006; Scholarship Artistic Creator of the National System of Creators of Art, 1994-1997; Honorable Mention in the III Ibero-American Biennial of the Carrillo Gil Art Museum, 1982; Award of the National Competition for Students of Plastic Arts, 1978 and 1980.