Today we’d like to introduce you to Hector Herrera.
Hector, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Since I was very young, I always liked drawing. In school, I always got into trouble because of it. Instead of paying attention in class, I would spend my time drawing. With time, this passion led me to tattoo art. When I turned 15, I performed my first tattoo on human skin. A lot of my friends were stained by my terrible designs and technique during that time.
The time came when I had to make a decision about what to do with my life. Computers were always my friends, so I made the call to walk a serious path, choosing the career of systems engineering. But something inside me just knew this wasn’t right for me. I went to a vocational guidance office, and after an interview, they suggested I try the graphic design faculty. Visiting the faculty, I bumped into a live model drawing class. This was the moment I decided that this was what I wanted to do.
I have been on this path for 24 years now.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
In my formative period, artistic residences where one of the most important aspects of my growth as an artist. The work dynamic and convivial nature with other artists that residences imply are some of the most beautiful and interesting experiences I’ve had.
Traveling to different places and sharing full-time experiences with a group of creative strangers makes residences, in my view, an experience every artist should live.
This is why, ten years ago, when I arrived in Ensenada, I decided to form my own residence center. This is how CRIA (Artistic Residence and Research Center by its acronym in Spanish) was born. My work and life philosophy are focused on the exploration of techniques and sharing this information with other artists.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Art has always existed because it opens new paths for people, helping them appreciate life in unfamiliar ways. The only thing that has changed is the time periods that surround it. Art will always be art.
Some years ago, my path in art got oriented towards the streets. I have always thought that galleries and museums make art a closed. Culture is poorly disseminated in my regions, and this impairs a lot of people’s possibility of living this type of experiences.
This is why my latest projects have focused on urban art, where accessibility to everyone is absolute. This way, everyone can access my work. You can find a short clip on one of these projects here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avDOePH3v4o&t=17s
- Address: Gastélum #228, Zona Centro, Ensenada, Baja California, CP 22800
- Website: www.hectorherrera.mx
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