Diango Hernández is Blood Mountain’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence in November 2010. A Cuban native (b. 1970), he studied industrial design at the Superior Institute of Design in Havana before founding the art collective, Ordo Amoris Cabinet (The Order of Love Cabinet) in 1995. He commemorated Cuba’s fight against Soviet dependence during the 1990s with “Sugar and Water” and “The Provisional Show”, an ongoing exhibition of re-appropriated Cuban everyday objects. With increased possibilities to travel and exhibit, he began to formulate his independent artistic language and an ongoing relationship with Europe. Following extended stays in Italy and Spain, Hernández moved to Düsseldorf, Germany in 2003, where he continues to live and work.
Hernández brings great insight to Blood Mountain from his previous participation in residency programmes, namely the distinguished Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta (Canada, 1997), the Ludwig Foundation for International Art, Aachen (Germany, 1998), Artpace, San Antonio (USA, 2001) and Frac des Pays de Loire (France, 2007). He is also the recipient of the 2007 Premio ICONA Award in Verona (Italy) and the 2008 Rubens Förderpreis der Stadt Siegen (Germany). Hernández has exhibited widely, including the 51st Venice Art Biennale (Arsenale, 2005), Biennale of Sydney (2006), Munich’s Haus der Kunst (2010), London’s Hayward Gallery (2010), Garage Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow (2010-2011). His first retrospective (2011) took place at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rovereto, Italy. Hernández is represented by Alexander and Bonin in New York, Pepe Cobo y Cia in Madrid, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery in Rovereto, Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer in Cologne, Galerie Barbara Thumm in Berlin and Stella Lohaus Gallery in Antwerp. He is co-founder of the artist collective, Lonelyfingers. www.diangohernandez.com