Les Artistes

"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1964 in Venezuela. Lives and works in Barcelona and Caracas.

José Antonio Hernández-Díez belongs to a new generation of Venezuelan artists who emerged in the 1980’s and whose work is marked by neo-conceptualism, with clear references to the dialectic imposed by subsistence economy and consumer society. His body of work encompasses photograph, video, sculpture, and installation. He usually employs unusual materials, specially mass-produced objects like skateboards, bicycles and sneakers. After his manipulation the objects are given a different meaning, turning the ordinary into extraordinary. Behind the fictional praise of the commonnness and the superfluous, hides a sceptical criticism who is at the core of his creative work.