Hernán Hernández

Hernán Hernández was born in the city of Medellin in 1968. An art lover in all his manifestations, and passionate about cosmology, he found in the universe and the phenomena that develops in it, an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

“Our imagination takes us without limits through the vastness and beauty of the universe, to places and times in which we have not been, to bring from there fantastic inspiration”

In the 1990s he studied painting at the Instituto Bellas Artes de Medellin, and in 2000 he traveled to Mexico, where he did for several years modeling and sculpting practices in workshops in Mexico City; on his return to Medellin he continued to practice in workshops of local sculptors, and then, in 2016, he traveled to Pietrasanta – Italy, to perform marble carving practices.

That same year he also broke into other sculptural techniques such as embossing and lost wax. Hernán Hernández currently works in his workshop located in Medellin.

Sculptor Techniques

After having the model, also called sketch, in the case of marble pieces, the work continues with the selection of the right block for the imagined shape. This model is transferred to scale on the surfaces of the marble block, on which it is roughly sculpted. Using normal hammers and tire hammers, variety of chisels, drills, polishers and mototools, the final shape is given to the marble, and then polished until it reaches the expected finish.

As for stainless steel works, the model, in polystyrene, is made of the actual desired size for the sculpture. The entire surface of the model in polystyrene is divided into pieces, which are copied, cut and embossed in stainless steel sheets, and then welded one by one until the sculpture is shaped. In the end, the whole work is polished and brightened.

Bronze works have a complicated process involving, in addition to the sculptor, molders, smelters, and patination workers. It is an ancient metallurgical technique, in which molten metal is poured into a disposable ceramic mold; the mold is manufactured with a disposable wax model and equal to the desired piece, which is then coated with a ceramic layer that when hardened, allows to melt and drain the wax, resulting in a mold with which the exact copy of the model is manufactured.

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