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Hermes Berrio



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 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 soon 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 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-inthe-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.”

To dare creat a great work of art, you need not to be afraid. To create and not simply represent what is created is to reduce to explore specific aspects of art, without the intent of totalizing. Paint sits in the spirit of a transitional sketch, not only in its ways, but also in its techniques for art itself.Tests are done, attempts to find other ways to search, to discover the process that works, without being carried away by the inclination to ease
the self-pleasure of the technical nature, without forgetting that art is first and foremost.
The pictorial evolution is necessary, and not to paint narrative, mimetic, easy, nor within the complexity and technical sophistication. The large size determines the form, theme and color to make a picture that is suggestive through drawing and painting. The drawing allows art to be less realistic, more direct, yet more symbolic, because the picture is already in itself an abstraction. Is drawn unconsciously, intuitively and the result is good if it comes naturally as breathing, driven by its lightness. The pictorial drawing done directly on the canvas with a brush, without preamble or preparation, becomes more of a painting. It is no longer a drawing is a stroke, composed of masses, volumes, lights, which transfers the image directly to the canvas, now its purely mental, integrated with pigments, with smudges made with the elbow, a painting so internalized that even it, will not now its presence. The painting is not merely decorative but that which embodies a whole way of thinking, rhetorically and metaphorically, and with a sense of permanence, is a language that relies on its time.

Curriculum Vitae



2002-2005           Studio Art. Mayor, New York University, NY, USA.

2004                     Glass Sculpture, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, USA.

2003                     Marble Sculpture, SACI, Florence, Italy.

2003                     Photography, Studio Marangoni, Florence, Italy.

2003                     Painting La Pieta, Florence, Italy.

2003                     Drawing, Academia Lorenzo Di Medici, Florence, Italy.

2003                     Painting New York University, Florence, Italy.

2000-2002           Studio Art. Pratt Institute, NY, USA.

1998-2000          Architecture. U. Javeriana University, Bogotá, Colombia.


Group Shows

2017                     The Directed Art Modern, Miami, USA.

2016                     Blank Canvas Gallery, Miami,USA.

2016                     Manual de Buenos Modales, La Fiambrera Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain.

2016                     Fractal 15, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico.

2015                     Latin American Visual, MOCA. Miami, USA.

2015                     Paste Modernism, Ambush Gallery, Sidney, Australia.

2015                     Cut Therapy, Masarte Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia.

2015                     Espectrum, Modus Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.

2014                     Emergencias, Derivas. Masarte Gallery, Bogota, Colombia.

2014                     ZX FLUX Adidas. Bogota Colombia.

2014                     Naughty and Nice, GEA Gallery, Bogota Colombia.

2013                     Gallery Mas Arte, Bogota, Colombia.

2012                     Gallery piso 11, Medellin, Colombia.


Art Fairs

2016                     Just Mad 7 Art Fair, Madrid, Spain.

2015                     Just Mad 6 Art Fair. Madrid, Spain.

2015                     Barcu Art Fair, Bogota Colombia.



2013                     Auction, Andrea y Vanessa Cancer Foundation, Barranquilla, Colombia.

2013                     Colombia Donation Auction, Bogota, Colombia.

2012                     Auction Pacific Rubiales Colombian Golf Classic, Barranquilla, Colombia.

2012                     Auction United States Embassy, The American Society, Bogota, Colombia.

2011                     Christies Auction Foundation Corazon Verde, Bogota, Colombia.




2016                     Walking in the Light Mural, Miami, FL, USA.

2016                     Showtime Mural, Miami FL, USA.

2016                     Quetzoacal Mural, Mexico City, Mexico.

2016                     Pink Mural, Mexico City, Mexico.

2016                     Roar Mural, Bogota, Colombia.

2016                     Frida Mural Bogota Colombia.

2016                     Stay Hungry Mural, Just Mad Art Fair, Madrid, Spain.

2016                     Classic and Fab Mural, Room Mate Oscar, Madrid, Spain.

2015                     Cariñito Mural, Bogota, Colombia.

2015                     El Techo Mural, Bogota, Colombia.

2014                     Adidas Mural, Bogota, Colombia.


Solo Shows

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

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

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

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


Awards /Grants

2016                     Finalist, Tampa innovation Mural Project, Tampa, USA.

2016                     Finalist, Transit loves art, Mi, USA.

2015                     Finalist El Antidoto Art Salon, Bogota Colombia.

2015                     Juror for the Urban intervention Scholarship, Offered by the Office of the Mayor of Bogota. 

2014                     Finalist ZX FLUX Adidas Art Contest, Bogota, Colombia.

2014                     Featured in the Art and Language Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage.


Private Collections

Colombia, Canada, Italy, Uruguay, USA, Switzerland, Mexico.

Selected Work


  • Personal

  • Art