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Portrays of Conflict and Freedom with Visual Artist Hernando Rico Sanchez -Part I

Dive into the thought-provoking world of contemporary art with Hernando Rico Sanchez⁠—an artist whose work serves as a mirror to the ongoing violence and conflict plaguing our world. Through his powerful creations, Sanchez prompts introspection and urges social accountability, navigating the depths of emotional response and societal responsibility.

Episode: 24

Hernando Rico Sanchez⁠ is a contemporary artist whose work reflects the ongoing violence and conflict of our world. His art offers a powerful means of reflection, exploring emotional responses and social responsibility. Through a range of mediums, Sanchez highlights the authoritarian dimension of the human condition. His profound statement of compassion invites the viewer into a haunting and mesmerizing dialogue.

Artist statement

Hernando's artwork exemplifies the ongoing denouncement of the violence in Colombia, the USA, or any other place that suffers the human condition. The historical research and its use in modern practice promise to continue unabated. Hernando Rico Sanchez produces a realistic voice for people in visual connotation. Each piece reproduces feelings of unbalance and conflict in our ordinary lives. The familiar motif plays amidst us, not to shock or provoke but seep the naked truth from inside. His accent is an emotional response, a style rooted in a mixture of colors theory that attacks the senses. Encompassing reflections of political and social introspect through the use of the human body with or without an identity. This signification reveals a sense of social responsibility. A reality on contrasts with the obscured darkness of his work. One that sometimes hurts, and similes intertwine in eroticism, which can be perceived as a healing abstraction. Although his images suggest being a derivative from a negative space-set, the artist's work's complex colors never extinguish in his soft entangled shapes, which hold a glory of language and sensibilities to the spirit.

His work is an expression of the violence that created a quasi-mimetic attitude of our society. The living idea here becomes free. One question comes strongly to mind. Why is the world like this? If so, how can someone claim to be understanding?

Here the boundaries of control are embraced. The artist is mystical and methodical in his approach to painting, taking blames, respect, criticism, and all the strewn pieces of the social struggle. He presents a blood-soaked thread connecting society into something recognizable and tolerated. The varied mediums enable the artist to express these complex emotions shared by so many fully. Oil, plaster, charcoal, metal, watercolors, and paper provide layers and texture that adds depth and strength to his work, highlighting the authoritarian dimension of the human condition in his two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces.

Noted for Sanchez's profound statement of compassion, the light-touched context here is quite anti-symmetrical to darken the forbidding where one is never static but always moving. To delve into this part of our society on a whole segment, the perspective of violence otherwise kept encased. In the series, a dialogue is continued like a dance. It is a vision that flows from your ears to your eyes, into your mind, to the lips of a listening partner.

"The violence doesn't finish at the end of the war. The consequences will follow the heritage of those violent actions, in our social behavior and way of thinking."

Choose. Image courtesy of Hernando Rico Sanchez

digital art where you can see a litlle girl and a yellow and brown background
Untitled 13. Image courtesy of Hernando Rico Sanchez

digital art where you can see a griving face in tones of yellow, green and purple
Reflection. Image courtesy of Hernando Rico Sanchez

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