About Hermes Barrio
To dare create a great work of art, you need not to be afraid. To create and not simply represent what is created is to reduce to explore specific aspects of art, without the intent of totalizing. Paint sits in the spirit of a transitional sketch, not only in its ways, but also in its techniques for art itself.
Tests are done, attempts to find other ways to search, to discover the process that works, without being carried away by the inclination to ease the self-pleasure of the technical nature, without forgetting that art is first and foremost.
The pictorial evolution is necessary, and not to paint narrative, mimetic, easy, nor within the complexity and technical sophistication. The large size determines the form, theme and color to make a picture that is suggestive through drawing and painting. The drawing allows art to be less realistic, more direct, yet more symbolic, because the picture is already in itself an abstraction. Is drawn unconsciously, intuitively and the result is good if it comes naturally as breathing, driven by its lightness. The pictorial drawing done directly on the canvas with a brush, without preamble or preparation, becomes more of a painting. It is no longer a drawing is a stroke, composed of masses, volumes, lights, which transfers the image directly to the canvas, now its purely mental, integrated with pigments, with smudges made with the elbow, a painting so internalized that even it, will not now its presence. The painting is not merely decorative but that which embodies a whole way of thinking, rhetorically and metaphorically, and with a sense of permanence, is a language that relies on its time.
As a high school student in Colombia, Hermes Berrios interests focused on art, he learned as much as he could about these subjects both in school and on his own. After graduating from high school, he
decided to study in New York in order to learn more
about art and to experience the city’s diverse culture. Leaving his family behind was certainly difficult, but he recognized that studying in a new country would allow him to expand his boundaries while also exposing himself to additional opportunities.
He traveled to New York, where he attended Pratt Institute and worked towards earning a BFA degree. Transitioning to a new environment, however, proved difficult during his first six months but living in a very different culture, from the beginning had a positive impact on his life.
His studies reflected a successful adaptation of new ideas, and nurtured his interests by taking courses in contemporary art appreciation. After his Sophomore Year, wanting to learn more about art, he decided to transfer to New York University, where he entered at the sophomore level to finish his Bachelor’s degree in
Studio Art. Through his courses, he gained an even stronger appreciation for and interest in art. New York taught him about Art in complex and diverse environments and enabled him to develop knowledge of this interrelated area. While he achieved his undergraduate goals, he also became increasingly interested in observing the many influences on art, including environment, nature, history, community, and economy. Hermes Berrio’s artwork is a powerful restructuring of urban emotion that transforms the canvas into eye candy and ordinary furniture into collected treasures. His stylized creations alter ideas, redistribute meaning, and mutate concepts to the point of unrecognizable perfection!
“My work is a process of investigating urban elements, working with material, creating forms and compositions, and the artistic process of creator to viewer,” states Berrio. “As an artist, I am a re-arranger of meanings.” Growing up in Colombia and studying in New York City, Hermes Berrio’s fearless irreverence and untamed imagination has captured the attention of collectors, galleries, and the South American office of Christie’s Auction House where he was recently featured. Keeping himself close to urban inspiration, Berrio’s studio in Bogota, Colombia offers him a cityscape of ideas, emotions, concepts, and elements which recently culminated in his latest eye-popping series, Keeping It Real, a graffiti-style, punch-in-the-gut for traditional art lovers. “To dare create a great work of art, you need not to be afraid to invent,” explains Berrio of his latest series. “The viewer is conditioned to accept art works as art only if they are created in a traditional manner. To appreciate art works that originate and develop outside of these constraints is quite the opposite.” Venturing into sculpture, Hermes Berrio’s vision for non-conventional expression continues to shatter formed theories of art. Microbo, which is a permanent work of art created to support the The Corazón Verde Foundation, a Colombian organization that generates resources for widows and orphans of the National Police, recently exhibited publicly in La Plaza de Bolivar before selling at auction via Christie’s Auction House. “The completion of a piece or a production involves a great deal of imagination, planning, and effort,” says Berrio. “Inspiration comes from the ideas to transform paralyzing self-conscious predicaments of culture into confident ecstasies of cultures recombined; transforming self and heritage into something new and named.” Coco Lee Loren, Cultural diplomacy and public affairs expert
Manual de Buenos Modales, Room Mate Mario, Madrid Spain.
Manual de Buenos Modales, Room Mate Laura, Madrid Spain.
“Fancy” Mas Arte Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
“Fancy” Palacio de la Aduana, Barranquilla, Colombia.
“This means Nothing” Michael Krueger Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.
“Nada” Argibel, Gallery, Buenos Aires Argentina.
“EGO” La Pared Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
“RVA” La Pared Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
“Dentro del Afuera” Cámara de Comercio. Bogota, Colombia.
“INSIDE” Lina ’s, Bogota, Colombia.
“PUNK” Cano Gallery, Montevideo, Uruguay.
2017 The Art of Manliness. The Directed Art Modern, Miami, USA.
2016 Blank Canvas Gallery, Miami,USA.
2016 Manual de Buenos Modales, La Fiambrera Art Gallery, Madrid,
2016 Fractal 15, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico.
Latin American Visual, MOCA. Miami, USA.
Paste Modernism, Ambush Gallery, Sidney, Australia.
Cut Therapy, Masarte Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia.
Expect rum, Modus Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
Emergencias, Derivas. Masarte Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
ZX FLUX Adidas. Bogota Colombia.
Naughty and Nice, GEA Gallery, Bogota Colombia.
Gallery Mas Arte, Bogota, Colombia.
Gallery piso 11, Medellin, Colombia.
Spain Embassy, Bogota,Colombia.
Collective show Luis Perez Gallery, Miami Art Basel USA.
Collective show Spiritdelart Gallery, Miami, USA.
Collective show at Luis Perez Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
Collective show at Arte Corporative Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
Collective show Foto Museo, Bogota, Colombia.
Collective show at La Pared Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
Permanent collective show at GEA Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
Fabrica de Bananas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The American Society, Bogota, Colombia.
National Figurative Salon, Medellin, Colombia.
XI Specialized Art salon, Medellín, Colombia.
La primera Vez, Latina Galeria, Bogota Colombia.
3 Salón Arte Joven, El Nogal Club, Bogota, Colombia.
“Ínter grafías” LA Galería, Bogota, Colombia.
FCU Bogota Colombia.
Instinto Bogota, Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia.
Baobab Gallery , Bogota, Colombia.
The Commons,Gallery New York University, NY,USA.
Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
El Monitor Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
Casa Cuadrada Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.
Salón Usaquen, Bogota, Colombia.
The Commons, Gallery New York University, NY, USA.
La Pieta, Gallery Florence, Italy.
2003 Studio Marangoni
2003 V Barrio Bienal, Bogota, Colombia.
2003 Florida International University, Miami, USA.
2002 New York University, NY, USA.
2002 COOP. Revolver Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
2001 Schaffer Gallery
, Brooklyn, USA.
2001 Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA
Just Mad 7 Art Fair, Madrid, Spain.
Just Mad6 Art Fair. Madrid, Spain.
Barcu Art Fair, Bogota Colombia.
Chacon Gallery, Art Basel Miami, USA.
FIART Art Fair Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Hot Art Fair. Basel, Switzerland.
Auction, Andrea y Vanessa Cancer Foundation, Barranquilla, Colombia.
Colombia Donation Auction, Bogota, Colombia.
Auction Pacific Rubiales Colombian
Golf Classic, Barranquilla, Colombia.
Auction United States Embassy, The American Society, Bogota, Colombia.
Christies Auction Foundation Corazon Verde, Bogota, Colombia.
Christies Auction Foundation Corazon Verde, Bogota, Colombia.
Walking in the Light Mural, Miami, FL, USA.
Showtime Mural, Miami FL, USA.
Quetzoacal Mural, Mexico City, Mexico.
Pink Mural, Mexico City, Mexico.
Roar Mural, Bogota, Colombia.
Frida Mural Bogota Colombia.
Stay Hungry Mural,
Just Mad Art Fair, Madrid,Spain.
Classic and Fab Mural, Room Mate Oscar, Madrid, Spain.
Cariñito Mural, Bogota, Colombia.
El Techo Mural, Bogota, Colombia.
Adidas Mural, Bogota, Colombia.