Sergio Hernández, Oaxaca, Mexico, b. 1959
Hernández studied at both the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas and the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City. He is distinguished as one of the most original and innovative of contemporary Mexican artists.
Like so many artists in Oaxaca Sergio Hernández is inspired and influenced by the region’s light, but also pays tribute to the colors of the Oaxacan earth and the Mixteca culture. Of Mixteca descent, he counts his ancestry as one of his major influences but doesn’t think of himself as a specifically Mixteco artist or Mexican artist, simply, “a painter.” In the different media Hernández utilizes, he is concerned with producing people and organic forms out of the shapes and textures of wood, plants and seeds.
Among his many individual museum exhibitions was the retrospective featuring works from 1982-1999, organized by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Internacional Rufino Tamayo (Rufino Tamayo International Museum of Contemporary Art), in Mexico City in 2000.