Secundino Hernández

Artist selected by Torrente, Virginia at 2010

Right from the start, Secundino Hernández’s work has been characterised by an exploratory zeal, an insatiable curiosity for materials and processes and the way thought extends across the canvas. The relationship between life as lived and life as painted, and the attempt to link both in a complete, human work is at the core of his work – a never-ending search for an answer to resolve the conflict between reality and a work of art.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
It was always a fancy of mine from an early age. Now it’s fun to see how far you can go with it.

2. How would you define your work?
My work is mainly pictorial. Each painting is defined in accordance with the ideas and needs of each moment. It would be difficult to define it in overall terms.

3. What subjects are you interested in?
I suppose the same ones as have always interested artists in the past, but seen out of the corner of my eye. I’ve painted hands, shields, battles, ducks and Buddy Hollies, amongst others. In one painting I can combine portrait, lovemaking, humour, the sacrilegious…

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
The action (if that’s what you can call it) takes place in an indeterminate context. In general, the background in my paintings is usually empty, which creates a gravitational pull. The same thing happens with the figures. They get more emphatic and closer, or open up and disintegrate. I always try to strike a balance of forms between these two concepts, form and substance. Then I shake it up by adding details, which is when multiple readings appear.

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
My work has a self-referential side that I juggle with my condition as a spectator in the art world. Most of the ideas for my works come from this crossing of currents. I explore, discover and give the same importance to other realities and make my reality change and take on new shapes.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
Art remains a system of relationships.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work?
What audience are you aiming at? I try not to think too much about that, but it’s true that I dream of a public able to make a valid reading of my work the own. I’m not talking about interpretations, just people who can tell a hand from a foot.

8. What qualifications have you got?
What do you value most from your time in education? I don’t think my learning process will ever end. Key aspects for me have been self-taught experimentation and my relationships with other artists of the same generation, as well as working with different artists in workshops and teachers at the School of Fine Art in Madrid, where I studied.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
I’ve had a positive career so far, without any major difficulties.

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
No, not at all. My projects have never been that big, so I’ve never needed finance. Up until now my work has never been affected by economic considerations. I have lots of fun with just a pencil and paper.

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators?
What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships? I don’t have a lot of expectations, so I usually find everything that’s suggested to me interesting and positive. The obvious advantage is that they help promote your work. The difficulty is how to achieve this.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
The arts scene in Madrid is much like that in other big cities. Perhaps there’s still more to be done here, which could be a negative aspect – for me it’s positive.


Curriculum vitae

Secundino Hernández 
Madrid, 1975. 
Vive y trabaja entre/Lives and works between: Madrid, Berlin.


Formación Académica/Education 
Licenciatura en Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Exposiciones Individuales (Selección)/Selected Solo Exhibitions 
Raw, mid rad, Galería Nuno Centeno, Porto.
Gracias por girar, Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid.


Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki.
European Fine Art, Berlin.
Galerie Krinzinger, Wien.


La tierra es redonda, Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid.
Galería María Llanos, Cáceres.

Una era tu madre, Art Cologne, Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt (Madrid), Köln.
Galería Casaborne, Antequera, Málaga. 

Secundino Hernández, Krinzinger Projekte, Wien.
Luna Roja, Galería María Llanos, Cáceres. 

Exposiciones Colectivas (Selección)/Selected Group Exhibitions 
European Fine Art, EFA Gallery, München.
KESÄ - SOMMAR - SUMMER, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki.
MORALTARANTULA # 5, Zollamt, Hamburg.
Berlin Klondyke, Odd Gallery, Dawson City, Canada.
European Fine Art, Kunsthalle Kempten, Deutschland.
An Imaginary Party, Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia.
Psychologie & Abstraktion, Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.


Pictografie, Roger Raveel Museum, Belgique.
AKTUALITÄT EINES MEDIUMS, Galerie Krinzinger, Wien.
Pintura, cuatro propuestas, Galería Adhoc, Vigo.
Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, European Fine Art, Berlin.
Crefelder Gesellschaft für Venezianische Malerei, Galerie Börgmann, Krefeld, Deutschland.
Niklas Schechinger Fine Art, Hamburg.


The Lord Wink Award, İstanbul.
Out of Wedding, Uferhallen, Berlin.
The Swords of Spain, Fenste C, Wien.


Phantasmagorical, Moeller Snow Gallery, New York. Domestico 08, Madrid. 

Siart 2007, Bienal de La Paz, Bolivia.


Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants 
Premio de Creación artística de la Comunidad de Madrid.
New Talents Program, Art Cologne, Köln. 

Generación 2007, Premios y Becas de Arte Caja Madrid. (1er Premio/1st Award) 

Beca de la Academia de España en Roma. (Beca/Grant)

Generación 2004, Premios y Becas de Arte Caja Madrid. (Adquisición/Acquisition) 

Premio Joven 2003, Fundación General de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. (Adquisición/Acquisition)


Beca de la Casa de Velázquez, Madrid.


Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museum and Collections
AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada.
Museo Municipal de Madrid.
Fundación Formación-Empresa de Valencia.
Caja Madrid.
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores.
Fundación General Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Embajada de España en Japón.
Academia de España en Roma.
Museo Patio Herreriano de Valladolid.


Storgàrd, Päivi, "Energia Pommi", Anna Magazine, I/2011.
Lozano, Antonio, "Secundino Hernández", Revista Telva, VIII/2011.
Rubio Nomblot, Javier, "Pintura Dinamitada", ABC cultural, 19/XI/2011.
García, Ángeles, "Un nuevo relado. La semana por delante", El País, 11/XI/2011.
VVAA, "Un buen sabor de boca", ABC de las artes y las letras, 20-26/II/2010.
Navarro, Mariano, "Secundino Hernández", El Cultural de El Mundo, 6/II/2009.
García, Rocío, "El horizonte de Berlín", Babelia, El País, 7/II/2009.
Flórez, Pablo,  "De cara y de culo", Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, 2009. Cat. Exp.
Torre Amerighi, Iván de la, "Secundino Hernández", Santander, Arte y Parte, II/2008. 
Shelby, Karpov, "Una era tu madre", Madrid, Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, 2008, Cat. Exp. 
Castaños, Enrique, "El autorretrato como catarsis", Diario Sur, 28/III/08.
Shelby, Karpov, "Queda una vida", Wien, Galería Krinzinger Projekte, 2007, Cat. Exp. 
Dünser, Severin, "Secundino Hernández", Wien, Galería Krinzinger Projekte, 2007, Cat.Exp.