FROM A STRANGE TOWN
A ONE-PERSON EXHIBITION BY VICENTE HERNÃNDEZ at Cernuda Arte
OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 7-10 P.M.
Cernuda Arte will host an exhibition of artwork by contemporary Cuban artist, Vicente HernÃ¡ndez entitled, From a Strange Town. The exhibit which inaugurated at the Servando Gallery in Havana will now show in Miami, Florida. The artist has been granted a visitorâ€™s visa by the US government to attend the Opening Reception of his solo show at the gallery on Friday, September 4, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Vicente HernÃ¡ndez has had one-person exhibitions in Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Venezuela, Spain, and the United States. This will be the artistâ€™s second personal exhibition in the USA. HernÃ¡ndez resides with his family in BatabanÃ³, Cuba and is represented by Cernuda Arte world-wide.
The exhibition, From a Strange Town, comprises more than thirty works on canvas and is accompanied by a thirty-six page full color catalog. HernÃ¡ndezâ€™ paintings, grand in scale and vibrant colors, reveal a convoluted universe in which surreal elements and artifacts of multifarious nature move and float freely about in navigable seas and skies. Inspired by his native surroundings in BatabanÃ³ (a fishermanâ€™s town south of Havana), the artist approaches his main plastic discourse – the massive migrations of people – from a contemporary perspective. In a distinct style of his own, the painter renders riveting and thought-provoking images, reminiscent of noteworthy painters who have marked history.
As professor, art critic and curator, Alejandro Anreus comments,
â€œâ€¦Recently I encountered the work of a young painter living and working in Cuba which has simply amazed me. His name is Vicente HernÃ¡ndez. He is a native son of BatabanÃ³ and a painter with a capital P. His pictures, canvases that range in size from the modest to the monumental, are synthesis of good drawing, balanced composition and painterly colors. Floating neighborhoods and islands inhabit his paintings, as do boats and ships, towers and flying machines. Within each one of these universes we encounter other worlds, where people struggle, make love, dream and escape, while animals are curious witnesses to human folly. Although I might find some antecedent â€œfamily memberâ€ within Cuban painting in HernÃ¡ndezâ€™ workâ€¦ I choose to see him as a homegrown Brueghel from BatabanÃ³. Like the Flemish master, HernÃ¡ndez is very much a moralist with a compassionate sense of humor. Brueghel was anchored in the humanism of Erasmus. I have been told HernÃ¡ndez is a devout Baptist, therefore he is probably anchored in this most libertarian of Christian faiths.â€