This painting, veiled in dusty and warm pinks, depicts dissolving memories as distant echoes. The artist draws inspiration from traditional painting practices, especially the works of the old masters, to create subtly strange compositions. This work is part of a series by the artist, Palantir I and II, that depicts domestic objects—including empty drinking cups, a gilded mirror and forlorn table settings. These items encourage the viewer to reflect on the seemingly simple items that constitute daily life.
Hernandez's practice focuses on youth and beauty to examine moments of aspiration and self-discovery. The artist grew up in San Diego, and draws influence from the suburban and coastal landscapes of Southern California. Hernandez's paintings are dominated by dusty and warm pinks, purples and grays—highlighting the beauty and wonder of the area’s awe-inspiring atmosphere. Hernandez’s paradisiac snapshots are gently pervaded by concern, tenderly contrasting the beautiful elements against the invasive pollutants and wildfires that ravage the area.
Ramiro Hernandez’s painting practice explores the beauty of youth in scenes of aspiration and self-discovery. The artist’s work draws influence from the suburban and coastal landscapes of Southern California to create paradisiac snapshots gently pervaded by concern—tenderly contrasting its beauty with the invasive pollutants and wildfires that ravage the area. Hernandez’s paintings place viewers in the role of voyeur, glimpsing an innocent scene while passing by a lamplit window or happening upon a private photograph in a forgotten drawer.
Ramiro Hernandez was born in San Diego, California in 1986. The artist received a BFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2010.
Exhibitions showing Hernandez’s work have taken place at: Nino Mier Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2020); the Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries at the California College of Arts in Oakland, California (2010); the Bluebird Art House in Whittier, California (2008); and the North/South Gallery at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California (2007).
Hernandez lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
This painting, veiled in dusty and warm pinks, depicts dissolving memories as distant echoes. This work is part of a series by the artist that depicts domestic objects—encouraging the viewer to reflect on the seemingly simple items that constitute daily life.More