Erick Alejandro Hernandez

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, Suite 720

Erick Alejandro Hernandez makes predominantly large-scale paintings featuring multiple figures captured in moments of intense emotion or introspection. Sometimes organized around a shared event—a car crash, a punch on a sidewalk, a sudden death—Hernandez’s paintings express the irreconcilability of shared events with individual interior experience. For him, the paintings are about the collision of memory, history, and emotion, and all become fragments of larger narratives that the viewer may or may not be able to access. One has a sense of eavesdropping on his paintings, both through the intimacy with which characters’ emotions are shown, and the sensitivity of the scenes depicted. His explorations into personal traumas encompass broader themes of immigration (specifically revolving the Cuban diaspora), exile, mental health, romance, cultural heritage, and the experience of loss.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

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