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. 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.

Secundino Hernández
Secundino Hernández
Madrid, 1975

Current Exhibitions

13 Sep — 19 Oct
“Grapado a la Piel” is the result of Secundino Hernández‘s residency at Victoria Miro’s studio space in Venice....

Past Exhibitions

Secundino Hernández: Paso

Victoria Miro
01/04/2017 — 06/05/2017

Solo Shows

Polvareda, Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt, Germany

Entre Primavera y Verano, YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China
done well done, Múrias Centeno, Lisbon, Portugal

Secundino Hernández: Works from the Miettinen collection, Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France
Secundino Hernández, Victoria Miro, London
Mi Primera Corrida, Galerie Heinirch Ehrhardt, Madrid, Spain Kisses & Kisses, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Four Seasons, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

Metallgedärm, Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main, Germany Lupis Ipsum, Galerie Heinirch Ehrhardt, Madrid, Spain
Secundino Hernández, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany

Mendes Wood Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil

Group Shows

Proximities and Desires, abc art berlin contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Gavin Turk, Secundino Hernández, Erik Van Lieshout, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

Hunger – Hambre, 4th Edition, Barcelona, Spain

Berlin-Klondyke, Hipp Halle Gmunden, Gmunden, Germany
Summer 2013, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Berlin Klondyke, Werkschaulle, Leipzig, Germany
Das Allerletze Prof. Winkler Stipendium, Kunstverein Weiden, Austria
Alone Together, Rubell Family Collection / Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, USA
Dialogos DKV – Patio Herreriano, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Espanol, Valladolid, Spain

Convoy Berlin, Biksady Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Berlin Kondyke, Neuer Pfaffenhofener Kunstverein, Pfaffenhofen, Germany
Ultima pintura en las colecciones de la Fundacion Cola-Cola y DA2 Salamanca, Centro de Arte La Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Madrid Country of birth: Spain Date of birth: 1975 Lives in: Madrid, Spain