SAN DIEGO (EFE).— The Mexican painter Sergio Hernández inaugurated his first individual exhibition in the United States at the San Diego Museum of Art, “Rescoldos de Oaxaca”, while he is working on a series on Benito Juárez that shows his concern about democracy .
The exhibition of oil paintings that he presents in California until February 12 of next year is a revelation of his dreams from bright colors to black and white, textured with sand or covered with gold leaf.
These are “the most recent dreams I have, which are very recurring, and which I reveal in images,” said the painter, born in 1957 in Huajuapan de León.
His work is timeless and generally returns to ideas and techniques “to return to a series of Oaxacan themes that have me very restless.”
To reveal these dreamlike images, the artist resorts to painting “in gold and very old techniques that are mercury with sulfur, which is the cinnabar color that has existed since ancient times in all cultures.”
He also uses lapis lazuli, which was the color of ultramarine blue, which was later replaced by cobalt blue, and the blue used by the Italian painter Fra Angelico in the Renaissance.
Meticulous, Hernández prefers to use those colors no matter how difficult they are to obtain.
Now he plans to use that same color to express the issues that the artist has said concern him, such as Mexican electoral politics.
He is currently inspired to develop a series of works on Benito Juárez, with the title “Los rescoldos de Juárez”, which refers to democracy in Mexico.
He also makes a defense of the National Electoral Institute (INE) that wants to disappear, pointing out that he, like many artists in Mexico, is concerned about the autonomy of the elections in his country.
Hernández acknowledges the influence of other painters, such as Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo, on his work, but his personal closeness was with the latter, who died three years ago. “We met and became a long friendship. We got to work on some projects together, ”he recalled.
“All that magical world of Francisco, loaded with a lot of sensuality in his work, inspired me and I bring some works made with earth, mixed with pigments, which are sand on oil. And Tamayo, who was the great Mexican artist of the lands and colors of Oaxaca, has a very important charge in my work”, he added.
“Oaxaca has a rich and vibrant history in the arts, and we are delighted to welcome another incredible artist from that region to our museum,” said Roxana Velásquez, executive director of the San Diego Museum of Art, in a statement.
He stressed that it is an exhibition that presents an “impressive variety of themes and media that invite us to reflection.”
“Rescoldos de Oaxaca” is an exquisite collection of works that are complex in technique, diverse in materials, and deep in their narrative.
He highlights the very bold monumental compositions in red and blue that have a magical and supernatural quality representative of fantastic realism.