b. 1986; San Diego, CA; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Ramiro Hernandez’s painting practice focuses on youth, beauty, aspiration and self-discovery. Having grown up in San Diego, the artist’s work is influenced by the suburban and coastal landscapes of Southern California. Dominated by dusty and warm pinks, purples and greys, his paintings highlight the beauty and wonder of the area’s awe-inspiring atmosphere. Hernandez’s paradisiac snapshots are gently pervaded by concern, they tenderly contrast the beautiful elements against the invasive pollutants and wildfires that ravage the area. In addition to his land- and seascape paintings, the artist’s work also features adolescents. Often locking eyes with the viewer, at once a moment of recognition and self-reflection, his subjects act as faded snapshots of captured moments. These delicate and veiled scenes are imbued with nostalgia, referencing distant echoes and dissolving memories. Taking inspiration from traditional painting practice and the works of Old Masters, Hernandez presents scenes of idolized adolescence, innocent youth, dawning awareness and moments of discovery framed through a suburban lens. Ramiro Hernandez’s paintings put the viewer into the role of voyeur - one peering into an intimate moment, catching a glimpse of an innocent scene while passing by a lamplit window or happening upon a private photograph in a forgotten drawer.
Ramiro Hernandez has exhibited extensively throughout California, including exhibitions at Bozo Mag in Los Angeles (2021), Nino Mier Gallery in Los Angeles (2020), the Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries at the California College of Arts in Oakland (2010), the Bluebird Art House in Whittier (2008) and the North/South Gallery at the CCA (2007). The artist will be exhibiting for the first time on the East Coast with a solo exhibition at Massey Klein Gallery in New York City in 2022. Hernandez graduated with a BFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2010.
Ramiro Hernandez: Alta Vista3 June - 16 July 2022Ramiro Hernandez: Alta Vista June 3, 2022 - July 16, 2022 Massey Klein Gallery is pleased to present Alta Vista, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Ramiro Hernandez. The exhibition will be on view from June 3rd through July 16th. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June...