Hermes Berrio

Afriel (Angel of Youth)

The door is located at The National Building Museum

Artist Statement

My artwork illustrates divine children stories in its own vibrant and profound way, showing what is invisible merely because people refuse to see it. The intricacy and diversity of these subjects has a wider meaning than just capturing faces and personalities, it has a denotation of being deprived of a home. By overlapping these imageries with youthful elements of line, color and composition, these large and bold paintings generate a celestial narrative, the imaginary beauty of these subjects therefore celebrate divine and magnificence and questions those qualities we look for when we identify something as “real” or even “Beautiful”.



Hermes Berrio’s artwork is a powerful restructuring of urban emotion that transforms canvas into eye candy. 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 materials, 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 featured. He recently was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an achievement reserved only for a few distinguished artists in the whole world. Keeping himself close to urban inspiration, Berrio’s studio in Miami offers him a cityscape of ideas, emotions, concepts, and elements which recently culminated in his latest eye-popping series, “Take Me To Neverland”, 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.

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