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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.