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Manuel Lopez Herrera

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Manuel Lopez Herrera

José Herrera (1943, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain), ) is both a painter and sculptor. In 1967 he visited Paris, where he decided to settle. In 1970 he had his first exhibition in Valencia. Two years later he made his début in Paris. Presently he is living and working in Gerona, north of Barcelona. The surrealistic paintings and sculptures of José Herrera reflect qualities of the cubists and their contemporaries, such as Fernand Léger, LarcelGromaire and Juan Gris. The influence of the work of his fellow countryman Picasso is also evident in his works. Herrera’s subjects lie between fact andfiction.In his paintings one also senses the past. He has a very personal way of painting which radiates the exotic. His subjects are usually women, who, with their characteristically pronounced features and huge eyes, are flirtatious, coquettish and charming.As spectators, we let ourselves be captivated by the humorous brushstrokes, the warm, southern colour palette, as well as the fact that the artist remains faithful to his background and the Spanish tradition inspired by the Renaissance painter Velazquez. The work of Herrera is part of many private and public collections around the world.
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