New York-based Arturo Herrera was born in 1959 in Caracas, Venezuela. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Tulsa, OK and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Herrera is a graduate advisor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL and Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. He is the Viewings Curator at The Drawing Center in New York.
Since the early 1990s, Herrera’s work has been widely exhibited, including solo exhibitions at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (1999); The Art Institute of Chicago, IL (1998), The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, IL (1998), Worcester Art Museum, MA (1998); and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (1995). His work was included in the 1999 Istanbul Biennial, Turkey and is currently part of P.S.1/The Museum of Modern Art’s Greater New York. His Internet piece for Dia Center for the Arts, New York, NY can be accessed at www.diaart.org. His work is represented by Brent Sikkema Gallery in New York.
It is often noted that Herrera’s work is rooted in collage. His transformative impulse depends on images, impressions, fears and desires that lay buried in the subconscious or are caught in the periphery. With off-key color, rounded edges and gestural lines, Herrera’s work is the result of a collision between popular culture and high Modernism. The cropping techniques of collage and the mixing of the fragmented images draw attention to the psychological act of interpretation.