Diango Hernández Cuba, b. 1970

“I always find myself in a place where there is more poetry, even from a more abstract meaning than conceptual art itself. I do not consider myself a hundred percent part of this trend. I am closer to the word and the realities it creates”

 

After his experience in the group Ordo Amoris Cabinet, which recorded and expanded popular inventive creations of household objects - influenced by the prolonged shortages that Cuban society suffered during the 1990’s - Diango Hernandez’s recent work suggests a certain break from any intimate experience from Cuba: sculptures, installations and paintings reiterate the minimalistic and beautiful gesture of sea waves, in a dialogue with global architecture and design and far from the island’s recurrent drama of migration. However, that conversation began in Havana through the study of aesthetic patterns repeated in the city and other types of stories, such as climbing onto his building’s roof in order to tune in his FM radio - the almost single non-official connection of Cuba to the outside world in the 80’s, whose sound waves are equated figuratively WITH sea waves. It can be added that many of these artworks have a political discourse and especially, Cuban literature as immediate reference. Diango created a language of waves to re-assimilate and translate these texts: aesthetic, poetic operation of encounter and exorcism of the collective and personal memory, and of healing, perhaps through the sea.

Diango Hernández was born in 1970 in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, and now lives and works between Dsseldorf and Havana. In 1994, he graduated in Industrial Design from the Higher Institute of Design, (ISDI) Havana, Cuba. He has been an artist in residence at various Institutions and Foundations in Europe and the United States such as: the MHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium; the Atelier Salzamt, Linz, Austria; the Abteiberg Museum with AICA (International Association of Art Critics), Germany; the Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy; the Blood Mountain Foundation, Budapest, Hungary; the Artpace Foundation, San Antonio, United States and the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany.

 

His work has been exhibited at the Arsenale as part of the 51st Venice Biennale and at the Sydney and São Paulo Biennials, during the 2006 editions. Likewise, with solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle in Basel and Munster and at the Marlborough Gallery, London. Among his most important solo exhibitions are: 2019 Paredes, Nuno Centeno, Porto, Portugal. 2018 Lifeguard, Arsenal Habana, Havana, Cuba; Cascades, Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid, Spain; Eras Imaginaries, Barbara Thumm Gallery, Berlin, Germany. He has also exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including 2019 - 2020 Havana: Imágenes de Cinco Siglos, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. 2019 Konkrete Gegenwart, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland.

 

His works are in many public collections including: Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany; Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, PAMM, Miami, United States; Artpace, San Antonio, United States; Museum of Fine Art Huston, Huston, United States; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany; INHOTIM, Center for Contemporary Art, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; MART Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy; CAB de Burgos, Burgos, Spain; art Museum Contemporary of Castilla y Leon, (MUSAC), Spain.