Hernan was born in Buenos Aires where he attended the National Conservatory of Music In Buenos Aires. He graduated with degrees piano, harpsichord and conducting and had a successful career both as a pianist and conductor. He traveled to England on a British Council Scholarship, studying at the Trinity College of Music, London for two years. Eventually, with a Fulbright grant, he came to the United States and earned Master’s and Doctoral degrees in conducting and composition. He then taught at colleges and conducted professional and youth orchestras, as well as choruses in several states.
Upon retiring, Hernan decided to pursue painting and, starting with watercolor, took classes at the Alexandria Art League School; in 2015, he became interested in abstraction and acrylics and started to develop techniques that allowed him to reach his artistic goals. Hernan has had pieces shown at several art galleries in the Washington area and beyond. For his work, he has also been recipient of several awards.
“Painting is so damn difficult…..; when you think you’ve got it, you really haven’t”
Once, at a local art museum, I read this quote from Paul Cezanne who, by then, was already in his early sixties. I am someone who started painting not so long ago, and that statement has had a great influence in the way I approach art-making. Painting it is another way of expressing my feelings and emotions as music once was; a two dimensional way of depicting the world as I might see it at one particular moment. But, above all, it is a never ending learning process that, through new ideas, styles and techniques, enriches the means and ways I have to express myself through art.
I am selfish, because I paint mainly for myself. Nevertheless, it gives me immense pleasure when others are moved (however that might be) when they are exposed to my work. It doesn't matter if they see what I see in it or not, as long as it touches them somehow.
Whether representational or totally abstract, what I paint is always based on something real, usually from the natural world I enjoy and love so much. I hope that I will be successful in exposing others to see the world that way too.