Installation view

Installation view

Confort Pattern 087

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Confort Pattern 087, 2015

oil on canvas

47 1/4 x 35 1/2 inches

Confort Pattern 088

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Confort Pattern 088, 2015

oil on canvas

47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches

Confort Pattern 089

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Confort Pattern 089, 2015

oil on canvas

67 x 51 inches

Temporada 001

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Temporada 001, 2015

oil on canvas

17 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches

Confort Pattern 086

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Confort Pattern 086, 2015

oil on canvas

47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches

Temporada 009

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Temporada 009, 2015

oil on canvas

17 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches

Confort Pattern 069

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Confort Pattern 069, 2013

oil on canvas

78 x 57 3/4 inches

Confort Pattern 072

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Confort Pattern 072, 2013

oil on canvas

76 x 57 1/2 inches

Trampa 002

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Trampa 002, 2014

oil on canvas

66 3/4 x 50 1/2 inches

Serie Habana-Miami

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Serie Habana-Miami, 2014

watercolor

12 x 8 1/2 inches

Patrón 001 Palm

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Patrón 001 Palm, 2015

watercolor

12 x 8 1/2 inches

Patrón 002, Palm

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Patrón 002, Palm, 2015

watercolor

12 x 8 1/2 inches

Patrón 003, Palm

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Patrón 003, Palm, 2015

watercolor

12 x 8 1/2 inches

Patrón 004, Palm

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Patrón 004, Palm, 2015

watercolor

12 x 8 1/2 inches

Patrón 005, Palm

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Patrón 005, Palm, 2015

watercolor

12 x 8 1/2 inches

Patrón 006, Palm

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Patrón 006, Palm, 2015

watercolor

12 x 8 1/2 inches

Patrón 007, Palm

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Patrón 007, Palm, 2015

watercolor

12 x 8 1/2 inches

Alex Hernández Dueñas

Octavia Art Gallery | Houston

May 14 – June 18, 2015

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban artist Alex Hernández Dueñas. The exhibition, which includes paintings, glass etchings and works on paper, will open with a reception on Thursday, May 14th from 5 to 8pm and will run until June 18th.

 

In his work, Alex Hernández Dueñas investigates themes of status, privilege and hierarchical structures within society through images of pristine pools, manicured lawns, sleek homes and country clubs. Influenced by a wide range of artists, including David Hockney and Richard Diebenkorn, Dueñas’s flattened, simplified and colorful handling of compositions creates atmospheres that are dreamlike and often times eerily void of human life.

 

The idealized images symbolize aesthetic taste, expectations, and desire, reflecting the Cuban dream of Miami as a place of abundance, opportunity and constant sunshine. This perspective exposes the decades of Cuban isolation and its citizens’ lack of awareness of the current realities of American life. In his new series of glass etchings, Dueñas sketches architectural images of American and Cuban golf and yacht clubs complete with polished landscapes and towering palm trees. However, these delicate works only exist as shadows when light is projected through their surface, elusive like the exclusive institutions they illustrate.

 

Hernández Dueñas is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) and is a member of The National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). He is the recipient of the Danish Art Agency Scholarship for artists and curators in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Peter and Irene Ludwig Scholarship for artists and curators in Aachen, Germany. He was a resident with the Christoph Merrian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland and Cleveland Institute of Art. His work has been exhibited at the 10th, 11th and 12th Havana Biennials. 

Press

Review: Alex Hernández Dueñas at Octavia Art Gallery

Pelican Bomb, 2014

Cuban artist Alex Hernández-Dueñas at Krannet Museum
Repeating Islands, 2009
Cuban artists Alex Hernández-Dueñas and Karlos Perez open exhibition at Octavia Gallery
Art Daily, 2014