José Antonio Hernández-Díez
Biography

1964 Born in Caracas, Venezuela
Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain

Resumé
José Antonio Hernández-Díez studied at the Centro de Formación Cinematográfica, in Caracas, and belongs to a generation of Venezuelan artists that came to prominence in the 1980s. Hernández-Díez emerged in the international arena at a time when the idea of contemporary art as a global language was being proposed, and the dominance of artists from Europe and the United States was being questioned. Using a wide variety of media and a young urban aesthetics he creates works full of sarcasm and social critique that question the authoritarianism, marginality and paradoxes of globalisation. One of his main focuses of interest is the relationship between the religious and the profane. Hernández-Díez’s installations and videos incorporate everyday objects from mass culture, sport and consumerism, as well as scientific material and organic elements such as animals and their organs. He has participated in a number of important exhibitions including Aperto’93: Emergency/Emergenzia at the 45th Venice Biennale (1993), Cocido y crudo (The Cooked and the Raw) at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1994), and Beyond Borders, the 1st Gwangju Biennale (1995). He has held solo exhibitions at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela (2000), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2003), MACBA, Barcelona (2016) and various galleries in Europe and America.

Education
1984 – 86 Centro de Formación Cinematográfica de Caracas, Venezuela

Solo Exhibitions
2017 Federico Luger (FL GALLERY), Milan, Italy
2016 MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2015 (with Jorge Pedro Núñez), KaBe Contemporary, Miami, FL
2009 KaBe Contemporary, Miami, FL
2008 Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2007 Galeria Estrany – De La Mota, Barcelona, Spain
2006 Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid, Spain
2005 Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY; Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela
2004 Remixes, Galería Antony Estrany de la Mota, Barcelona, Spain; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2003 AD HOC, Vigo, Spain; Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2002 Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL; Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY; Galeria Elba Benítez, Madrid, Spain; Galeria Javier López, Madrid, Spain; INOVA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
2001 Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Mexico DF, Mexico
2000 Centro Galago de Arte Contemporanea (CGAC), Santiago de Compostela, Spain
1999 Galeria Antony Estrany de la Mota, Barcelona, Spain; Galería Camargo Vilaça, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1998 Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela
1997 Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, Spain
1996 Sandra Gering Gallery, NY; Espacio 204, Caracas, Venezuela
1995 Galeria Camargo Vilaça, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY
1991 San Guinefort y otras devociones, Sala RG, Caracas, Venezuela

Selected group exhibitions
2017 Colección “la Caixa” de Arte Contemporáneo, Lisbon, Portugal
2012 Impoliticos, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo (EAC), Montevideo, Uruguay The Games: Inspiring Images, Connaught Brown, London, England
2011 Unresolved Circumstances: Video Art from Latin America, MOLAA/Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
2010 Atopia: Art & the City in the 21st Century, CCCB/ Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Read Between the Lines, Centre d’art la Panera, Lleida, Spain
Risk Zones, The Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden
2009 Dialogue: L’empathie des Parties – Afinitats Electives, Centre Regional d’Art Contemporain du Languedoc-Roussillon/CRAC a Sete, Sete, France
Los Impoliticos, PAN/Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Napoli, Italy
Inventories, Galeria Estrany-de la Mota, Barcelona, Spain
2008 Risk Zones, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Madrid
Elective Affinities, Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida
Interludes, Galeria Estrany-de la Mota, Barcelona, Spain
Private Passions, Public Visions, MARCO/Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
2007 Fortunate Objects: Selections from the Ella Fontanais Cisneros Collection, CIFO/Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL
The Deprived Life: Colleccion Josep Civit, Centro e Arte y Naturaleza, Huesca, Spain Cuestion Xeracional, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Compostela, Spain
Jump Cuts: Venezuelan Contemporary Art Coleccion Mercantil, CIFO/Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL
Fashion Accidentally, MOCA Taipei, Taiwan
2006 IFK Latin American Art Auction, CIFO/Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL
Natures Silencioses, Fundacion Ordonez-Falcon de fotografia, Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida, Spain
Galeria Estrany – De La Mota, Barcelona, Spain
2005 Jump Cuts: Venezuelan Contemporary Art Coleccion Mercantil, Americas Society, New York, NY
2003 The Structure of Survival, 50th Venice Bienale, curated by Carlos Basualdo Ninos, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain