‘Born in San José (Costa Rica), Herrero’s work on canvas and his urban interventions are organically coherent, producing the fantasy of the site/non-site device (Robert Smithson) from a different standpoint. The dilemma is familiar’: how can the studio be re-imagined in the contemporary jungle, in dialogue with the brutalism of concrete buildings, pollution and traffic? What message can a painter convey to a metropolis without it becoming diluted in the entrails of its unsustainable chaos?’ (Lisette Lagnado, 2017)
In his third solo show at Galeria Luisa Strina, Herrero presents new works: a series of monotypes on paper and a group of monochromatic paintings; besides his large scale paintings.
The monotypes present present spacial schemes that do not fulfill a representative function; for the artist the paper work almost as an architectonic space that informs the monochromatic paintings; expanding the artist’s language and creating new possibilities to read the work. Seven black canvases frame voids, as if they have swallowed the one who contemplates it, directing the look from the inside to the outside.
Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Language Melody’, Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf (2017); ‘Desordem Alfabético’, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2015); Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf (2014); ‘Letras y Volúmenes’, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City (2014); ‘El espacio se construye’, Diablo Rosso, Panama City (2013); ‘La terraza de Hanzel y Gretel’, La casa encendida, Madrid (2013); ‘Aloha Amigo’, 21st Century Art Museum, Kanazawa, Japan (2012); ‘Catarata’, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City (2011); Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2008) and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2008).
Recent group shows include: ‘Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today’ – site specific installation, South London Gallery, London (2016); ‘United States of Latin America’, MOCAD Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2015); ‘Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today’, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); ‘P33 Panorama da Arte Brasileira’, MAM-SP Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo (2013); Concepción41, Antigua, Guatemala (2013); ‘Una posibilidad de escape’, EACC de Castellón, Spain (2013); Para/site, Hong Kong (2011) and Art Parcours, Basel (2011).
His work is part of institutional collections such as the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, USA; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; Museo Reina Sofía, Spain; MUAC Museo Universitário de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; MAM-SP Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil; Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA; Tate Collection, England; Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection, USA; Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, USA.
For a selection of images and the artist’s portfolio please click here.
For more information please contact Flávia França