Arturo Herrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1959, and lives and works in New York and Berlin, Germany. He received a BA from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Herrera’s work includes collage, works on paper, sculpture, relief, wall painting, photography, and felt wall hangings. His work taps into the viewer’s unconscious—often intertwining fragments of cartoon characters with abstract shapes and partially obscured images that evoke memory and recollection. Using techniques of fragmentation, splicing, and re-contextualization, Herrera’s work is provocative and open-ended. For his collages, he uses found images from cartoons, coloring books, and fairy tales, combining fragments of Disney-like characters with violent and sexual imagery to make work that borders between figuration and abstraction and subverts the innocence of cartoon referents with a darker psychology. In his felt works, he cuts shapes from a piece of felt and pins the felt to the wall so that it hangs as a tangled form, resembling the drips and splatters of a Jackson Pollock painting. Herrera’s wall paintings also meld recognizable imagery with abstraction, but on an environmental scale that he compares to the qualities of dance and music. Herrera has received many awards including, among others, a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship. He has had solo exhibitions at Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City; among others. His work appeared in the Whitney Biennial (2002).

Arturo Herrera
Arturo Herrera
Caracas, 1959
Venezuela

Current Exhibitions

01 Oct — 01 Jan
Track is the site-specific work by Arturo Herrera for the entrance hall of the Officine Nord. Made entirely of a single color, a bluish and vibrant, Track welcomes visitors and invites them to explore OGR’s cultural offer. The...

Progressive Praxis

de la Cruz Collection

29 Nov — 29 Nov
The De la Cruz collection inaugurates its 2017 program with the group exhibition “Progressive Praxis”. The artworks on show differ in material, medium and technique but they all reflect the theme of contemporary culture...

Upcoming Exhibitions

Face and Form

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2017 — 30/11/2018

Past Exhibitions

Arturo Herrera: Soave sia il Vento

Franco Noero Via Mottalciata
25/05/2016 — 10/09/2016

You’ve Got to Know the Rules…to Break Them

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2015 — 08/10/2016

Solo Shows

2008
Adaptation: Video Installations by Ben-Ner, Herrera, Sullivan, and Sussman & The Rufus Corporation, The Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, Chicago IL, January 31 – May 4, 2008
2008
Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain, Jan. 17-March 8, 2008 (solo)
2008
Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil. June-July, 2008 (solo)
2007–2008
Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions. MoMA, New York, Nov. 2007-Feb. 2008
2007
Whole Fragment, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV. Curated by Marjorie Vecchio
2007
In Context, Collage + Abstraction, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NY, NY
2007
Comic-Abstraction: Image-Breaking, Image-Making, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2007
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, U.K. (solo)
2007
Kettle’s Yard, Arturo Herrera, Cambridge, U.K. (solo)
2007
The Aldrich Museum, Castles, Dwarfs, and Happychaps, Ridgefield CT (solo)
2007
Ikon Gallery, Arturo Herrera, Birmingham, U.K. (solo)
2007
Castles, Dwarfs, and Happychaps, The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield CT. (solo)
2006
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany. (solo)
2006
Carbonic Anhydride, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany.
2006
Antoss Berlin, Haus Am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany.
2006
Big Juicy Paintings (And More): Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
2006
Transforming Chronologies: an Atlas of Drawings, Part Two, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2005
Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
2005
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Arturo Herrera, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (solo)
2002
Art Gallery of Ontario, Fragments and Figments: Works on Paper, Toronto, Canada. (solo)
2001
UCLA Hammer Museum Los Angeles, CA
2000
Redrawing the Line, Art in General New York, NY
2000
Dejá-Vu, Art Miami Miami, FL
2000
00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery New York, NY
2000
Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Switzerland
2000
Artpace San Antonio, TX
1999
Zeno Gallery Antwerp, Belgium
1997
Twister, Real Art Ways Hartford, CT
1996
Gahlberg Gallery Glen Ellyn, IL
1994
MWMWM Chicago, IL
1993
Abstract Chicago, Klein Art Works Chicago, IL

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Caracas Country of birth: Venezuela Date of birth: 1959 Lives in: New York, USA and Berlin, Germany