Herman Aguirre

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.

Artist Statement:

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.

Exhibitions

2011   YOLLOCALLI” HOME SWEET MEXICO” CURATED BY WHITNEY ROSS (SPRING)

2014   SAIC - BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION CLASS OF SPRING 2014 (SPRING

2015   ZOLLA/LIEBERMAN GALLERY BOOTH - 2015 CHICAGO EXPO –(FALL)

2015   THE MAD CENTER GALLERY “THE FINAL RECOGNITION” (FALL )

2016   SAIC – MASTER IN FINE ARTS OPEN STUDIO GROUP EXHIBITION (SPRING)

2016   SAIC – MASTER IN FINE ARTS OPEN STUDIO “PORTRAIT” GROUP EXHIBITION (FALL)

2017   ZOLLA/ LIEBERMAN GALLERY – GROUP EXHIBITION “LAYERED CAKES” (SPRING)

2017   SAIC - MASTER OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION CLASS OF SPRING 2017 (SPRING)

2017   PORTRAIT SOCIETY GALLERY – GROUP EXHIBITION “NOW FIGURATION” (SUMMER)

2017   ELMHURST COLLEGE  - GROUP EXHIBITION - “WORKS ON PAPER” (SUMMER )

2017   INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT (MECA) – GROUP EXHIBITION - “AMERICAN GENRE: CONTEMPORARY PAINTING” (SUMMER)

2018   PROVINCETOWN ART AND ASSOCIATION MUSEUM (PAAM) – GROUP EXHIBITION (WINTER)

2018   FINE ARTS WORK CENTER (FAWC) - GROUP EXHIBITION ( SPRING)

2018   GILDAR GALLERY - GROUP EXHIBITION (SPRING)

2018   ZOLLA/ LIEBERMAN GALLERY - DUO EXHIBITION - “EL CIELO ENTRE LOS DOS” (SUMMER)

Awards/ Publications/ Residencies

2017   LEONORE ANNENBERG FELLOWSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

2017-18   FINE ARTS WORK CENTER RESIDENCY 

2017   NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS – MFA ANNUAL ISSUE PUBLICATION –

ISSUE NO.129 

2018   STUDIO VISIT - ISSUE 39-40