In this period of alarming change, of technological advances, nothing is more necessary, and thus, more current, than to stop and think about our human condition. This is the work of the painter Hernán Cortés: an overview of the work of Hernán Cortés: a deep meditation around who we are, what we share and what makes us unique. His stories can be seen in the painting; his tools, a prodigious technique and an extraordinary sensitivity. A sober style, without artifices or superfluous elements that distract us from what is really important: the person. The really important thing for Cortés is the individual, the human being.
A passionate connoisseur of the history of painting, Cortés has never stopped pondering the secrets of his trade, both theoretically and technically. His eye for the work of the great masters is passionate yet painstaking at the same time.
The painter from Cádiz has managed to breathe new life into the genre of portrait painting, both institutional and private, adding influences from abstract painting, pop art, comics and the world of cinema. Clear records of the contemporary world, a photo, a snapshot of the current world, his portraits of crucial people in the recent history of our country constitute a document of incalculable value.
It is an honour for the Telefónica Foundation to present the work of one of the most significant Spanish artists in the last decades. By doing this we are fulfilling our purpose of serving as a conduit for the expressions of our current society. Because in a time dominated by the tyranny of the short-lived and the excess of banal images, we need to counterbalance it with the intense, composed vision of the artist. And because in the era of automation and Artificial Intelligence, Hernán Cortés asserts one of the basic principles of our conception of the world: the principle establishing the human being as the measure of all things.
Thus, the exhibition “Cortés. Portrait and structure” commissioned by the art historian, Lola Jiménez Blanco outlines a journey through the creations of the artist from Cádiz. It takes a look back at the painter’s career, from a structural point of view rather than a chronological one, analysing his interests, works and the artistic challenges he faced in every canvas, whatever the thematic. The show consists of more than 110 pieces, including sixteen photographs by the artist Maria Bisbal that record the creative process of the artist and his activity as a portrait artist in the parliamentary world.