Residency Unlimited

Orestes Hernández Palacios

Orestes Hernández Palacios, "Ok, capitan", 2017, oil on canvas, Photo courtesy of the artist

Artist Name: Orestes Hernández Palacios
Residency Dates: March 2024
Hometown: Antilla, Cuba
Lives & Works: Havana, Cuba
URL: Instagram: @orestes.hernandez.9699
Gallery: El Apartamento
Education: 2006 | Degree in Visual Arts at Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana Cuba


Ideas related to banality, mundane approaches to our perception, and a keen interest in the very act of showing things are essential to Orestes Hernández’s work. Objects, spaces, ideas and images are concepts that are absurd to each other, at the same time their coexistence in some mental space makes them physical, uncertain, circumstantial, empty, present, unnecessary, flat. There is a constant propensity to short circuit and break in the work of Orestes Hernández. His objects and installations dismantle the artistic reality in the search of new ways to face creation. In the case of painting, production that connects with his work in video, Orestes shows the aesthetics of “cut and paste” and contemporary visual saturation. More than an artist, Orestes is a cultural chronicler of his time.

Orestes has participated in numerous personal and collective projects internationally. Select exhibitions include: Feliz, Feroz y Amén at LKB/G, Hamburg, Germany (2017); La primera Aventura at Galerie Knoerle & Baettig, Switzerland (2014); Llegó el malhechor at Servando Gallery, Cuba (2012); Alta fidelidad at Cristo Salvador Gallery, Cuba (2011); and the collective shows ABUC, Eleven Cuban Artists at the Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland (2019); Illness Has a Colour at the XIII Havana Biennial (2019); Art x Cuba. Contemporary Perpectives since 1989 at Ludwig Forum Aachen, Germany (2017); Overseas at Halle 14, Center for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany (2017); Para quebrar los muros at the National Museum of Fine Art in Havana (2013); and A la vuelta de la esquina at the Cultural Center La Casa Encendida, Spain (2009). His works have been presented at the Havana Biennial and the Contemporary Visual Art and New Film Festival in Berlin.


Support: Orestes Hernández Palacios’ residency is made possible with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Cuban Artists Fund.


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