Biography

WILMER HERRISON

His youth has been impregnated with the colors of his hometown and the strength of the surrounding exuberant nature. From the Lake Maracaibo, his painting keeps the shades and reflections. In this city where colonial architecture meets contemporary art, he developed his artist vocation in exploring all domains.

At 23, he came to France where he was admitted at the École du Louvre. There, he studied techniques of the ancient frescoes, of the early Italian paintings and the “Early Netherlandish painting”, developing a major interest for Baroque paintings, Impressionism and contemporary creation. He was early influenced by the Venezuelan Kinetic Artists, Jesús Rafael Soto, Lía Bermúdez and Carlos Cruz-Díez.

At 32, he received an early recognition in his home country, exposing the same year in two national museums, the Barquisimeto Museum and the Museum Of Modern Art Juan Astorga Anta in Mérida, Venezuela.

In 2010, during his exhibition “Serenissima” in Venice, he meets the Italian designer Piero Massaro, who, inspired by his paintings, created a collection of eyeglasses called Collezione WH.

 

Work and Exhibitions

 

A first series of works was gathered in 2010 at the Exposition Pachamama, staring in Venice and presented then in Venezuela. Pachamama represents the goddess Mother Earth. This exhibition shows like in a travelogue, the deities (with Pachamama, Malku,…), the history of the Amerindian peoples (with Aymara, Tiwanaku,…), the encounter with different civilizations (with Gallia, Bandera, July 14, Ottoman Remembrance, Murano, Arica,…), strength of nature (with Volcano, Hurricane, Naturaleza viva, Twilight with color, Reflection,…) and project ourselves into the universe and its origins (with Exoplanet, Mars, Sedna,…). Masterpiece of this exhibition, the painting Pachamama.

A second series of works has been exhibited from May 2010 under the name of Serenissima (Venice). This exhibition gathered the paintings inspired by the story of “La Dominante” (Serenissima [4], Fonderia dell’Arsenale, Martirio di San Marco, Palazzo,…), by its traditions (Vogalonga, Maschera,…), while others give a representation of nature (Laguna, Bora, High water, Twilight II,…)

In the year 2011, a new collection, called Optical Fusion, has been exhibited in Venice, Italy (Palazzo delle Prigioni), then in the Museum of Barquisimeto (Venezuela) and in the MACZUL, Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

 

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