Art On Cuba - - News - Hec­tor Frank

Since he burst onto the di­verse Cuban visual arts scene al­most two decades ago, Hec­tor Frank’s work has never failed to move spec­ta­tors.

With his in­tu­ition in tow, the artist of­fers a kind of style with­out style, al­though his im­print lurks in each work while in­spired by the oneiric. It all started with a sui generis ab­strac­tion which through glazes, im­pas­tos, tex­tures, sets of stains, lights, colors and shad­ows, reached the fig­u­ra­tive.

His sub­jects, hu­man, fan­tas­tic and rein­vented, arise from his tire­less en­ergy and over­flow­ing imag­i­na­tion. The artist of­fers an iconog­ra­phy of fa­ble, per­haps some­what self-ref­er­en­tial and with el­e­ments taken from the world of elec­tron­ics—his pre­vi­ous trade be­fore en­ter­ing into art— in which faces that are ex­pres­sive, warm and grotesque all at once, make up his un­par­al­leled scenes. Al­though at times they re­sult charm­ing and sub­tle, he prefers his pieces to be pow­er­ful, with con­tent, as gen­uine chron­i­cles of their time and space, and with a great con­cep­tual and ex­pres­sive depth.

He uses dif­fer­ent medi­ums and ma­te­ri­als with equal skill and learned very quickly not to cling to a sin­gle cre­ative line, since his dis­course is a fu­sion of his many ex­pe­ri­ences. Col­lages, gears, al­tar­pieces, re­cy­cled wood, ox­i­dized met­als and card­board are merged into the can­vas. He re­cy­cles, cre­ates and recre­ates, giv­ing these ob­jects a sec­ond life, this time in works of art. He de­scribes his cre­ative process as a stream of en­ergy that flows through his hand, mak­ing him a suc­cess­ful artist who has rep­re­sented our coun­try in­ter­na­tion­ally. A tire­less cre­ator, he con­tin­ues work­ing on the quest for new cre­ative for­mu­las that lead him to artis­tic con­clu­sions. The work of Hec­tor Frank ex­udes ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and cre­ativ­ity; “I am my worst judge and my raw ma­te­rial are dreams,” he ex­pressed.

His works ap­pear in pri­vate col­lec­tions in dif­fer­ent parts of the world, such as United States, Spain, Méx­ico, Eng­land, Bel­gium and other.

Be­hind a great man there is al­ways a great woman, and be­hind this cre­ator we find his muse and sup­port, Teresa Gómez, who has been in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to his work since its be­gin­nings. Hec­tor Frank’s art be­comes tan­gi­ble in his base—an ideal com­bi­na­tion of home and work­shop or workspace—that of­fers an al­ter­na­tive of per­sonal con­tact with those in­ter­ested in his works. A soul­ful, warm and invit­ing stu­dio where one is wel­comed with dif­fer­ent smells and tools.

Em­pir­i­cal, spon­ta­neous, vis­ceral and au­then­tic, Hec­tor Frank is an artist heir to the pic­to­rial and cul­tural tra­di­tions of his con­text, where cre­ative pro­cesses be­come con­scious, and artis­tic prac­tice be­comes a way of life... an ad­dic­tion.

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