Born in 1978 in Miami, Florida, USA
Lives and works in Miami and Detroit, USA

Hernan BAS

Hernan Bas’s expressionist and highly detailed figurative paintings are openly inspired by late-nineteenth-century decadent art and literature, as well as the concurrent symbolist and decorative style of the French group Les Nabis. While they are aesthetically grounded in the iconography of the male androgynous dandy, the young protagonists of his oneiric visions are usually portrayed alone or in small groups within descriptions of pure flânerie. Whether confined in the intimacy of a genre scene or lost in the vertigo of a dense, lush, romantic-like landscape, they inhabit a fantasized world of implicit eroticism and ambiguous sensuality. Always appearing as if suspended in time, between adolescence and adulthood, they embody the fragile in-between state that the artist refers to as “fag limbo.” With a flamboyant palette and a refined touch, Hernan Bas overall masterly revisits and reinterprets all the categories of classical painting from a seemingly melancholic yet often humorous and witty, homoerotic perspective.


1996 New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL

solo shows

- A Brief Intermission, Centro De Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, Málaga, Spain (forthcoming)
- Hernan Bas: The Paper Crown Prince and Other Works, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
Insects from Abroad, Galerie Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan

- Florida Living, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
- Cambridge Living, Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
- Bloomsbury Revisited, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich, Switzerland

- A Tropical Depression, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
- Bright Young Things, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY

- Fruits and Flowers, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

- New Perfumes, Larger Blossoms, Pleasures Untasted. Hernan Bas and the Natural World: Selections from the Rubell Collection, YoungArts Gallery, Miami, FL
- Haunted Objcets, Marfa Book Company, Marfa, TX
- Case Studies, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
- Hernan Bas: Memphis Living, Victoria Miro, London, United Kingdom

- TIME, Hernan Bas: a queer and curious cabinet, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
- Deep in the Dark of Texas, Peter Kilchman, Zurich, Switzerland

- Thirty-six Unknown Poets, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- A brief suspension of disbelief, PKM Trinity Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
- Occult Contemporary, Lehmann Maupin, New York, US
- The other side, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany, cur. René Zechlin

- Delicate Creatures from America, Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy
- Perennial Affairs, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland
- The Forest for the Trees, Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, US

- Considering Henry, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
- The Hallucinations of Poets, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
- Hernan Bas: A Fairy’s Tale, PKM Gallery/Bartleby Bickle & Meursault, Seoul

- In the land of make me believe, Galleria II Capricorno, Venice
- The Dance of the Machine Gun & other forms of unpopular expression, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
- Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection, Brooklyn Museum, New York
- Wonderland: Through the looking glass, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands

- Ask the Sky, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles
- The Unexplained, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

- Hernan Bas: works from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami,
- Evening Amusements, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, New York
- Saints and Secret Sects, Galleria IL Capricorno, Venice
- Saints and Secret Sects, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
- Mephistopheles at 17, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

- The Great Barrier Wreath, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles
- A Silent Dirge, Galleria II Capricorno, Venice
- Dandies, Pansies and Prudes, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York

- Once Upon A Time…, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
- In the Low Light, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

- Soap Operatic, The Moore Space, Miami
- As if a Phantom Carres’d me, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles
- Sometimes with One I Love, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York
- We May Even See the Wind Together, Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

- We May Even See the Wind Together, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

- First Comes the Blood, Then Come the Boys, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
- Love in Vein, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles
- It’s Super Natural, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

- Hernan’s Merit & the Nouveau Sissies, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

- Slim Fast, Frances Wolfson Gallery, Miami Dade Community College, Miami

group shows

- Generation Loss, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany
- On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL
- Alien Nations, Lehman College Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom

- A Sum of it’s Parts, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
- Progressive Praxis, de la Cruz Collection, Miami, FL
- PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

- Tracing Shadows, PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
- Future Seasons Past, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
- Love: The First of the 7 Virtues, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Hudson, N

- Suddenness + Certainty, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
- Cinematic Visions, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, United Kingdom
- Hernan Bas, Anne Chu, Klara Kristalova, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
- On Painting, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Les Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

- I Followed You into the Water, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
- Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection, Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid

- The Cry, Musac Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain, cur. María Inés Rodriguez & Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
- Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, cur. Stacy Engman

- In the company of Alice, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
- Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Day Jackson, R.H. Quaytman, etc.,,Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
- Love in Vein: Editions Fawbush projects and artists 2005-2010, Gering and Lopez Gallery, New York
- Five in Istanbul: A selection of artists from Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Borusan Muzik EVI, Istanbul
- Father, Curated by Diego Singh, Mendes Wood, Saso Paulo.

- The Collectors, 53rd Venise Biennale, the Nordic and Danish Pavilions, Italy
- Wunderland, KadE, Amersfoot, The Netherlands
- SMALL, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
- Recent Acquisitions, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
- Dilettantes, Dandies and Divas, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL

- Exhibitions 21: Selections from the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
- 6th Busan Biennale, Korea
-The Dulcet Clime of the Bedchamber, Goff + Rosenthal, Berlin
- Miami Comes to the Hamptons, Snitzer - Arregui Project, East Hamptons, New York
- (i-murj:d), Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
-The Boys of Summer, The Fireplace Project, East Hamptons, New York

- Titled/Untitled: a collaborative exhibition featuring work from the Devonshire collection & Rubell collection, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland
- Intimacy, Contemporary Art After Nine Eleven, Triennale DI Milano, Milan
- Like Color in Pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
- Size Matters (Part 1, XS-recent small-scale paintings), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

- Paraisos Artificiales, Pillar Parra & Romero Galeria De Arte, Madrid
- Breathing Time: Works from the Debra & Dennis Scholl collection Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans
- Girlpower and Boyhood, Talbot Rice Gallery (in conjuction with Kunsthallen Brandts), University of Edinburgh
- Panic Room: works from the Dakis Joannou collection, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens
- Figuring the Landscape, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
- Mixed Emotions, Haifa Museum of Art, Isreal
- Think Warm: Miami Draws for You, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
- Garden Party, Deitch Projects, New York

- Recent Acquisitions, LA MOCA, Los Angeles
- Triumph of Painting – Part III, The Saatchi Gallery, London
- New Figuration, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen
- MoCA and Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
- Little Odysseys, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
- Ten, Rubell Family Collection, Miami
- New Worlds: New Romanticism in Contemporary Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
- Situational Prosthetics, (curated by Nate Lowman) New Langston Arts, San Francisco

- Galleon and Other Stories, Saatchi Gallery, London
- Origins of Harold, Deitch Projects, New York
- Miami Nice, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
- Happy Days Are Here Again, David Zwirner, New York
- Heavenly Creatures, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropec, Salzburg
- Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
- The Drawing Show, The Green Barn, Sagaponack
- Painting 2004, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
- Obituary, Placemaker, Miami
- Lock Stock and Barrel, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
- The 6th Annual Altoids Curiously Strong collection, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA, traveling to Arthouse, Austin, TX, Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

- Women Beware Women, (curated by David Rimanelli) Deitch Projects, New York
- Summer Romance, Sandroni Rey, Venice, CA
- Today’s Man, John Connelly Presents, New York, traveled to Hiromi Yoshi Gallery, Tokyo
- Imagine: Selections from the Permanent Collection, MoCA, North Miami
- Made in Miami, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
- New Art, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL
- American Art Today: Faces and Figures, The Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL

- Drawing Conclusions, (curated by Nina Arias) Buena Vista Building, Miami
- In Place of Revolution, The Great Hall, Cooper Union, New York
- AOP002: The 37th Art on Paper Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Friends and Family, Lombard-Fried Fine Art, New York
- Dangerous Beauty, The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, New York
- Champion, Zinc Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

- Fast Forward Projects, the Nash Hotel Art Fair, Miami
- Humid, (curated by Dominic Molon), Moore Space, Miami
- Selections from the Permanent Collection, MoCA, North Miami

- Making art in Miami: Travels in Hyperreality (curated by Bonnie Clearwater) Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
- Robot, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami
- Ob-la-di-Ob-la-da, (curated by Gean Moreno) Art Center/South Florida, Miami Beach
- Young Miami, Wooster Projects, New York
-The Home Show, 890 NE 90th Street, Miami
- Departing Perspectives, Espirito Santo Building, Miami

public collections

- Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
- Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
- Saatchi Collection, London, GB
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
- Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
- Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain, Nimes, FR
- Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
- New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
- Samuso: Space for Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
- Williams College, Williamstown, MA


- Rerna Hort Foundation Grant, New York, NY

- Deans Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, NY

- Mc Cullogh Award for Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
- Matching Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

Hernan Bas - A Brief Intermission

Hernan Bas - A Brief Intermission

Exhibition catalog

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Hernan Bas - The Boy Who Fell for the Fall

Hernan Bas - The Boy Who Fell for the Fall


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Hernan Bas - Wash up (cave of enlightenment)

Hernan Bas - Wash up (cave of enlightenment)


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Hernan BAS - The Signalmen

Hernan BAS - The Signalmen


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Hernan Bas - Don't tell it on the Mountain

Hernan Bas - Don't tell it on the Mountain


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Hernan Bas - The dragon's eyes

Hernan Bas - The dragon's eyes


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  • March 2018
    Bijutsu Techo — 5 PAGES

  • January 2018
    T Japan — 5 PAGES

  • January 2018
    Aesthetica — 2 PAGES

  • April 2016
    Hyperallergic — 8 PAGES

  • December 2015
    Numéro — 5 PAGES

Born in 1978 in Miami, Florida, Hernan Bas creates works born of literary intrigue and tinged with nihilistic romanticism and old world imagery. Influenced by the Aesthetic and Decadent writers of the 19th century, in particular Oscar Wilde and Joris-Karl Huysman, Bas’s works weave together stories of adolescent adventures and the paranormal with classical poetry, religious stories, mythology and literature. 
Bas’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions around the world, including a major presentation at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, in 2007, which subsequently traveled to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2008, and a retrospective exhibition at the Kunstverein Hannover, Germany, in 2012. In 2013, Bas presented the multi-media installation, TIME, Hernan Bas: a queer and curious cabinet at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL and in 2014, Rizzoli published a monograph on the artist, the most comprehensive book of his work to date.
Bas has participated in a number of important group exhibitions, including “The Collectors,” curated by Elmgreen & Dragset for the Nordic and Danish Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); Triumph of Painting: Part III, Saatchi Gallery, London, and Ideal Worlds – New Romanticism in Contemporary Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (both 2005); and the 2004 Whitney Biennale. His work is part of the permanent collections of New York’s Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art; as well as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.  
The artist lives and works in Detroit, Michigan.

Hernan Bas “Fruits and Flowers", Galerie Perrotin, from October 22 to December 19, 2015.

Hernan Bas “Fruits and Flowers", Galerie...

Hernan BAS