by Hernando Rico Sanchez
November 4, 2023 thru January 4, 2024
MEET THE ARTIST
Hernando Rico Sanchez
From an early age, Hernando became interested in the arts, working in painting, sculpture, photography, and other forms of artistic expression. His artwork finds its narrative in a personal necessity to expressed emotion through color and form, creating works that center its attention on the human condition, particularly in the affection of conflict, migration, and violence. He captures mementos to confront the viewer, to make them the witness of realities that may or may not be yours or make as somewhat uncomfortable by telling personal stores or reflecting on current events.
Hernando began his education in Colombia his native country under the tutoring of Colombian artist Rodrigo Carvajal and influence by the artwork of Argentinean artist Francisco Ruiz. He continues his education at the age of 19 at the New York Student Art League follow by my BFA at Kean University in New Jersey, as a professional artist he had participated in exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Argentina. In 2010 earns a master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Alcala in Spain. Since then, he has worked as an artist and independent art curator focusing his attention on the promotion of local and Latino emerging artists.
Over the years, Hernando had been the manager for the Rupert Ravens Contemporary art gallery, the artist in residency for the J City Theater where he became there Gallery 9 artist-curator. Some of his work had been exhibit at the Gabarron Foundation in NYC, the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts Rosa Galisteo in Argentina, the Charles Krauser Reporting art Gallery in Washington DC and the 15 Art Fair Tuyap Istanbul, Turkey among other venues.
A temprana edad Hernando mostro interés en las artes, trabajando en pintura, escultura, fotografía y otras formas de expresión artística. Su trabajo es una narrativa que parte de una necesidad personal por expresar emociones a través del color y las formas, creando trabajos que centran su atención en la condición humana, particularmente en las secuelas que deja la guerra, la migración o la violencia, capturando momentos que pueden ser nuestros o no, haciéndonos sentir incómodos, para así confrontar al observador a través de historias personales o reflejando eventos actuales.
Hernando comenzó la educación artística en su Colombia natal, bajo la tutoría del artista colombiano Rodrigo Carbajal e influenciado por la obra del artista Argentino Francisco Ruiz. A la edad de 19 años continúo con su formación en la New York Student Art League y en seguida sus estudios en la Universidad de Kean en Nueva Jersey en la que obtuvo su título universitario en Bellas Artes.
Como Artista Profesional ha participado en exposiciones en Estados Unidos, Europa y Argentina. En el 2010 recibió el grado de Maestría en Museos y Museología de la Universidad de Alcalá. Desde entonces se ha dedicado a trabajar como artista y curador de arte, de manera independiente, enfocando su atención en la promoción de artistas emergentes locales y latinos.
A través de los años Hernando ha sido el mánager de Rupert Ravens Contemporary art gallery, el artista en residencia de J City Theater donde luego asumió la Curaduría de la Galleria 9. Algunos de sus trabajos han sido expuestos en la Fundacion Gabarron en NYC, en el Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo en la Argentina, en la Galería de Arte Charles Krauser Reporting en Washington DC y la 15 Feria de arte Tuyap en Estanbul, Turkia entre otras exposiciones
Hernando's artwork exemplifies the ongoing denouncement of the violence in Colombia, the USA, or any other place that suffers the human condition. The historical research and its use in modern practice promise to continue unabated. Hernando Rico Sanchez produces a realistic voice for people in visual connotation. Each piece reproduces feelings of unbalance and conflict in our ordinary lives. The familiar motif plays amidst us, not to shock or provoke but seep the naked truth from inside. His accent is an emotional response, a style rooted in a mixture of colors theory that attacks the senses.
Encompassing reflections of political and social introspect through the use of the human body with or without an identity. This signification reveals a sense of social responsibility. A reality on contrasts with the obscured darkness of his work. One that sometimes hurts, and similes intertwine in eroticism, which can be perceived as a healing abstraction. Although his images suggest being a derivative from a negative space-set, the artist's work's complex colors never extinguish in his soft entangled shapes, which hold a glory of language and sensibilities to the spirit.
His work is an expression of the violence that created a quasi-mimetic attitude of our society. The living idea here becomes free. One question comes strongly to mind. Why is the world like this? If so, how can someone claim to be understanding?
Here the boundaries of control are embraced. The artist is mystical and methodical in his approach to artmaking, taking blames, respect, criticism, and all the strewn pieces of the social struggle. He presents a blood-soaked thread connecting society into something recognizable and tolerated. The varied mediums enable the artist to express these complex emotions shared by so many fully. Oil, plaster, charcoal, metal, and paper among others provide layers and texture that adds depth and strength to his work, highlighting the authoritarian dimension of the human condition in his two-dimensional and three dimensional pieces.
Noted for Sanchez's profound statement of compassion, the light-touched context here is quite antisymmetric to darken the forbidding where one is never static but always moving. To delve into this part of our society on a whole segment, the perspective of violence otherwise kept encased. In the series, a dialogue is continued like a dance. It is a vision that flows from your ears to your eyes, into your mind, to the lips of a listening partner.
"The violence doesn't finish at the end of the war. The consequences will follow the heritage of those violent actions, in our social behavior and way of thinking."
By Hernando Rico Sanchez & Benjamin Dunstan, Artist and Art Critic.