Secundino Hernández (b. 1975, Madrid) is a painter who revels in tensions between making and unmaking, construction and destruction. He describes his paintings as a metaphor for being human: our existence is a chain of fragmentary moments; a sequence of falls and rises, musings and random stumblings.
Hernández’s highly original style – resembling a visual diary of his process – is fraught with contrasts. From one series to the next, his works are rich in tensions between accident and control, minimalism and bold gesturalism. His seemingly spontaneous technique belies a debt to past generations of artists such as El Greco, Goya and Miró.
To produce his works, Hernández uses not only brushes, but also self-fashioned tools such as sharp metal points fixed to his tubes of paint and various paint removal devices.
The Kunsthalle Helsinki exhibition features a selection of new paintings as well as works spanning the past five years of his career.