Unusual shapes, pieces of wood, debris, society waste. In front of the eyes of anybody just ruins. The artist sees what no longer exists or what has not yet existed. To destroy is always the first step before any creation and Michel Hernandez seeks, destroys and creates. For him every moment is a moment of creation, and each one of them contains infinite possibilities.
Cuban American artist Michel Hernandez was born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba in 1975. He immigrated to the United States in 1998, settling in Miami, Florida where he continues to live and work. Michel studied Industrial Mechanics (1993), Acting and Theatre at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA, 1996) in Habana, Cuba. He participated at the world-renowned Casa de las Americas, Primer Festival Internacional de Teatro (First Festival for Theatre of PerformingArts) in Camaguey, Cuba. He is recognized in the Island and abroad as one of the most important Vanguard.
In 2003, Michel is invited to participate and represent the United States in the first cultural exchange with Cuba since 1959. Essentially a self-taught visual artist, Michel embraced sculpture as a means of expression, exploring his personal identity, both past and present, within the context of the ever-present human modern condition. “[He] utilizes the contemporary aesthetic language in his quest for industrial waste, transforming the meaning of recycle,” states Diana Alvarez-Amell, Art critic and writer, Seton Hall University, NY. Michel has been the subject of numerous articles and publications, and his work has rendered him as one of the most authentic recycling sculptors in Miami.
Having theatre and acting as my first medium, my perception is trained to wander through the everyday forms and shadows embraced by the city. My sculptures come to life through the process of “search and destruction” of the anonymous mechanical wastes that dwell marginal in the metropolis of the human condition. It is the search for these discarded mechanical objects, that only then give meaning to my persistence to transform them into reusable pieces; through my vision they recover an intermittent lifecycle that reflects man’s modern state of being.
Selected Exhibitions & Collections.
D’Larosa~Laurie Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Paragon Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, FL
Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, FL
Miami Biennale 2013, Miami, Fl
Sculpt Miami, Miami, Fl
Miami Dade College, North Campus, Miami, FL
Artopia Art Center, Miami, FL
Centro Cultural Español, Coral Gables, FL
Obrapía Fine Arts, Miami, FL
International Ballet Festival of Miami, Miami, FL
Jackie Gleason Performance for the Arts, Miami, FL
Wasaga Art Space, Miami, FL
Teatro Nacional de La Habana, Havana, Cuba
Teatro Principal, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
Teatro Obstáculo, Havana, Cuba
Manuel Artimes, Miami, FL
Casa de las Americas, Primer Festival Internacional de Teatro, Havana, Cuba
La Casona de Linea, Havana, Cuba
Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba
Teatro Principal de Camaguey, Camaguey, Cuba
Casa del Joven Creador, Santi Spiritus, Cuba