1970 · Cuba
Diango Hernandez is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Cuba, like other renowned artists such as Ana Mendieta, Eduardo Rubén, Julio Larraz, Kadir Lopez, and Marta María Pérez Bravo. Diango Hernandez was born in 1970.
About Diango Hernandez' works
Diango Hernandez' work is illustrative of the fields of Minimalism and Abstraction. The art movement known as Minimalism came to prominence in the late 1950s and during the 1960s, and has been one of the most powerful of all modern and contemporary movements. Minimalism first appeared in New York City among a number of emerging artists who were moving away from Abstract Expressionism and who preferred a sleek, geometric aesthetic instead, free from expression. Earlier European abstract movements greatly influenced American minimalist art creators. During the Second World War period, a large number of European emigrés gathered in New York and works by the Dutch De Stijl artists, Russian Constructivists, and members of the German Bauhaus became renowned, popular and dominant. Each of these groups had pioneered radical forms of abstraction, and inspired artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Robert Morris to seek new routes in their art. These artists wanted to conceive art that answered only to itself, granting the viewer an instantaneous, purely visual response. The personal, gestural elements were stripped away with the aim to reveal the objective, formal consituents that comprised paintings and sculptures.
Born in the early 20th century, abstract art can be defined as a movement escaping the classical definition of art, which succeeded in creating its own tradition through freedom and a new perception of reality. In abstract artworks, the objects are simplified, modified, and hold little to no reference to reality. Abstract art represents a pivotal moment in modernism, and its roots can be traced to Impressionism. With Abstraction, the artists are inclined to explore deep into their emotions, and create completely new and liberated representations of the world, which are inherent to their own perception of it. Wassily Kandinsky, who believed that colours and shapes could be used to represent the artist’s inner turmoil, is often considered as a pioneer of abstract art.
Diango Hernandez in private collections
Further Biographical Context for Diango Hernandez
Born in 1970, Diango Hernandez was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. significant art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.