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Hermes Berrio

1980 Colombia

48 Works exhibited

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  • About the Artist
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As a high school student in Colombia, Hermes Berrios interests focused on art, he learned as much as he could about these subjects both in school and on his own. After graduating from high school, he decided to study in New York in order to learn more about art and to experience the city’s diverse culture. Leaving his family behind was certainly difficult, but he recognized that studying in a new country would allow him to expand his boundaries while also exposing himself to additional opportunities. He traveled to New York, where he attended Pratt Institute and worked towards earning a BFA degree. Transitioning to a new environment, however, proved difficult during his first six months but living in a very different culture, from the beginning had a positive impact on his life. His studies reflected a successful adaptation of new ideas, and nurtured his interests by taking courses in contemporary art appreciation. After his Sophomore Year, wanting to learn more about art, he decided to transfer to New York University, where he entered at the sophomore level to finish his Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Through his courses, he gained an even stronger appreciation for and interest in art. New York taught him about Art in complex and diverse environments and enabled him to develop knowledge of this interrelated area. While he achieved his undergraduate goals, he also became increasingly interested in observing the many influences on art, including environment, nature, history, community, and economy. Hermes Berrio’s artwork is a powerful restructuring of urban emotion that transforms the canvas into eye candy and ordinary furniture into collected treasures. His stylized creations alter ideas, redistribute meaning, and mutate concepts to the point of unrecognizable perfection! “My work is a process of investigating urban elements, working with material, creating forms and compositions, and the artistic process of creator to viewer,” states Berrio. “As an artist, I am a re-arranger of meanings.” Growing up in Colombia and studying in New York City, Hermes Berrio’s fearless irreverence and untamed imagination has captured the attention of collectors, galleries, and the South American office of Christie’s Auction House where he was recently featured. Keeping himself close to urban inspiration, Berrio’s studio in Bogota, Colombia offers him a cityscape of ideas, emotions, concepts, and elements which recently culminated in his latest eye-popping series, Keeping It Real, a graffiti-style, punch-in-the-gut for traditional art lovers. “To dare create a great work of art, you need not to be afraid to invent,” explains Berrio of his latest series. “The viewer is conditioned to accept art works as art only if they are created in a traditional manner. To appreciate art works that originate and develop outside of these constraints is quite the opposite.” Venturing into sculpture, Hermes Berrio’s vision for non-conventional expression continues to shatter formed theories of art. Microbo, which is a permanent work of art created to support the The Corazón Verde Foundation, a Colombian organization that generates resources for widows and orphans of the National Police, recently exhibited publicly in La Plaza de Bolivar before selling at auction via Christie’s Auction House. “The completion of a piece or a production involves a great deal of imagination, planning, and effort,” says Berrio. “Inspiration comes from the ideas to transform paralyzing self-conscious predicaments of culture into confident ecstasies of cultures recombined; transforming self and heritage into something new and named.” Coco Lee Loren, Cultural diplomacy and public affairs expert. Hermes Berrio investigates urban elements, creating forms and compositions.  “As an artist, I am a re-arranger of meanings,” which is clearly seen in his fearless irreverence and untamed imagination that captures the attention of the viewer, often on purpose and as a reaction to the art world establishment: “The viewer is conditioned to accept art as art only if created in a traditional manner.”

Solo Shows:

2017
“I Only Roll With Goddesses” The White Pantry, Miami, USA.
“All Eye On Me” Miami Colombian Consulate, Miami, USA.
“Simply” Bouza Company, Miami, USA.

2016
Manual de Buenos Modales, Room Mate Mario, Madrid, Spain.

2014
“Fancy ” Mas Arte Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.

2013
“Fancy” Palacio de la Aduana, Barranquilla, Colombia.

2008
“EGO” La Pared Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.

2007
“RVA” La Pared Gallery, Bogota, Colombia. 
“Dentro del Afuera” Cámara de Comercio, Bogota, Colombia.

2005
“INSIDE” Lina ’s, Bogota, Colombia.

Awards /Grants:

2018
Street for People Contest, Miami, USA.

2017
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, USA.
Finalist Stonehenge NYC Mural Competition, New York, USA.

2016
Finalist, Tampa Innovation Mural Project, Tampa, USA.
Finalist, Transit Loves Art, Miami, USA.

2015
Finalist El Antidoto Art Salon, Bogota, Colombia.
Juror for the Urban intervention Scholarship, Offered by the Office of the Mayor of Bogota, Colombia.

2014
Finalist ZX FLUX Adidas Art Contest, Bogota, Colombia.
Featured in the Art and Language Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage.

2009
Finalist Spain Embassy Art Salon, Bogota, Colombia.

2007
Honorable Mention, Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia.

2003
Grant Awarded, New York University – SACI (Florence Italy).

2002
Grant for high academic performance, Pratt Institute, USA.
Deans List, Pratt Institute, NY, USA.

2001
Deans List, Pratt Institute, NY, USA.

Works by Hermes Berrio

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2016

157.5 x 157.5 cm

3800,00 €

2016

157.5 x 157.5 cm

3900,00 €

2016

119.4 x 157.5 cm

3400,00 €

2016

121.9 x 157.5 cm

3500,00 €

2016

119.4 x 157.5 cm

3400,00 €

2016

139.7 x 157.5 cm

3900,00 €

2016

157.5 x 157.5 cm

3900,00 €

2016

127 x 127 cm

SOLD OUT

2016

139.7 x 157.5 cm

3900,00 €

2016

96.5 x 127 cm

2900,00 €

2016

157.5 x 157.5 cm

3900,00 €

2016

152.4 x 218.4 cm

SOLD OUT

2016

157.5 x 157.5 cm

4100,00 €

Rad

2016

127 x 127 cm

3450,00 €

2016

139.7 x 157.5 cm

4000,00 €

2016

139.7 x 157.5 cm

4000,00 €

2016

127 x 127 cm

3450,00 €

2016

157.5 x 139.7 cm

SOLD OUT

2016

157.5 x 139.7 cm

4000,00 €

2016

112 x 157.5 cm

4950,00 €

2016

112 x 157.5 cm

4950,00 €

2017

112 x 167.5 cm

SOLD OUT

2017

112 x 157.5 cm

4950,00 €

2017

112 x 157.5 cm

SOLD OUT

2017

112 x 157.5 cm

4950,00 €

2017

112 x 157.5 cm

4950,00 €

2016

112 x 157.5 cm

4950,00 €

2017

112 x 157.5 cm

4950,00 €

2017

112 x 157.5 cm

4950,00 €

2017

112 x 157.5 cm

4950,00 €

2017

112 x 157.5 cm

SOLD OUT

2016

132.1 x 139.7 cm

4000,00 €

2016

157.5 x 139.7 cm

4000,00 €

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