Join ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens as we take you on an engaging tour of the latest works by artist Tony Hernandez. The artist creates a deceptively simple visual vocabulary with his technically-demanding process of encaustic paintings.
Tony Hernandez was born in Atlanta, GA in 1964 and has been painting professionally since 1988. Imbued with a rich symbolism, these paintings grapple with powerlessness, as well as the "mind of wonder" that sustains children even in the darkest hours. His subject matter delves into the lives of children of the Holocaust, as well as those who struggled through the Great Depression, especially in the ghettos of the Bronx where his grandparents lived. Hernandez is haunted by photographs of these children, often being consumed by the images until he puts pigment to Baltic birch. His work presents the imaginative world that children create for themselves when they feel inept by the fallacies of adults. With effervescence and symbolism, his works underline the power of a creative mind.