Herman Aguirre is a painter who received his BFA (2014) and MFA (2017) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
He was one of eight individuals to be awarded a $50,000 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for Performing and Visual Arts, which focuses exclusively on talented emerging artists.
He is interested in the use of thick oil paint and various aspects of collage and sculpture. He explores abstract and representational ideas to bring forth the immediacy of issues regarding war, trauma, and loss within his paintings. The language developed brings a new texture to the emotional and graphic aspects of each image. The viewer is challenged to feel sympathy toward the fragility of human existence and explicitness of the subject through paint.
Whether in Chicago’s inner city or the towns of Mexico, the overabundance of violence becomes embedded in my community, here and across the border.
Through construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction, I rework juxtapositions to cope with these realities and expose my true self: afraid anxious, angry, unapologetic, insecure, honest, paranoid, and sympathetic. The accumulation of mirrored versions forced me to question my identity: Who am I? Where do I stand? Where do we stand? Am I next or someone I love? How many women? How many children? Why? At what cost? This in turn led to expression that went beyond the material understanding. Ultimately, my spiritual healing.
2018 ZOLLA/ LIEBERMAN GALLERY - DUO EXHIBITION - “EL CIELO ENTRE LOS DOS” (SUMMER)
2018 GILDAR GALLERY - GROUP EXHIBITION (SPRING)
2018 FINE ARTS WORK CENTER (FAWC) - GROUP EXHIBITION ( SPRING)
2018 PROVINCETOWN ART AND ASSOCIATION MUSEUM (PAAM) – GROUP EXHIBITION (WINTER)
2017 INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT (MECA) – GROUP EXHIBITION - “AMERICAN GENRE: CONTEMPORARY PAINTING” (SUMMER)
2017 ELMHURST COLLEGE - GROUP EXHIBITION - “WORKS ON PAPER” (SUMMER )
2017 PORTRAIT SOCIETY GALLERY – GROUP EXHIBITION “NOW FIGURATION” (SUMMER)
2017 SAIC - MASTER OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION CLASS OF SPRING 2017 (SPRING)
2017 ZOLLA/ LIEBERMAN GALLERY – GROUP EXHIBITION “LAYERED CAKES” (SPRING)
2016 SAIC – MASTER IN FINE ARTS OPEN STUDIO “PORTRAIT” GROUP EXHIBITION (FALL)
2016 SAIC – MASTER IN FINE ARTS OPEN STUDIO GROUP EXHIBITION (SPRING)
2015 THE MAD CENTER GALLERY “THE FINAL RECOGNITION” (FALL )
2015 ZOLLA/LIEBERMAN GALLERY BOOTH - 2015 CHICAGO EXPO –(FALL)
2014 SAIC - BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION CLASS OF SPRING 2014 (SPRING
2011 YOLLOCALLI” HOME SWEET MEXICO” CURATED BY WHITNEY ROSS (SPRING)
Awards/ Publications/ Residencies
2017 LEONORE ANNENBERG FELLOWSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
2017-18 FINE ARTS WORK CENTER RESIDENCY
2017 NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS – MFA ANNUAL ISSUE PUBLICATION –
2018 STUDIO VISIT - ISSUE 39-40