Born in Camagüey in 1987. Trained as an art instructor at the “Nicolas Guillen Batista” Faculty of Arts in Camagüey, from which he graduated in 2006, Chuli Herrera continued his training at the Pedagogical University “José Marti” de Camagüey (2011). He was in 2007, the date of his first personal exhibition "Memory of a contemporary versatility", at the gallery of the faculty of Camagüey, spotted in the middle of the Cuban visual arts as an artist with effective and innovative works. Through painting , digital photography and interactive installations, Chuli Herrera focuses on social relationships and the advantages offered by new technologies in the era of social networks, and in 2013 also won the prize of the 18th Fidelio Ponce Visual Arts Fair of Camagüey. In 2014, Chuli created the Be One exhibition at the Latin American and Caribbean Center in Beijing, featuring women, men, elderly and people of the east of the country, motivated by architecture, gastronomy and the bonds of friendship between Cuba and China. In 2015, with the Cielo project presented at the XII Havana Biennale, Chuli Herrera definitely carved out a place for himself in the vast panorama of Cuban visual arts. Via social networks, he asks people from all over the world to send him a photo of their sky. He then collects images and, after reworking the snapshots, he transforms them into paintings. Will the public see part of the sky of several countries or the large representation of a single sky? Boundaries are created by man. In this project, Chuli Herrera questions the urgency of questioning reality and plurality of impressions, but also recalls the need to raise public awareness of the fact that we are part of a whole, the World, which we must protect from ecological disasters.
For some years, his work has been marked by the constant relationship of images subordinated to the emotions and internal and external situations that humans constantly experience. In the artworks chosen for the exhibition, Chuli Herrera criticizes the ego of our contemporary societies. He puts masks on his portraits, like the ones we have when we post selfies on social networks, highlighting a life that is always more perfect than reality. He named this series “Zelf Portret” (in Dutch), because it presents on a portable self-portraits of great masters like Rembrandt or Van Gogh.
Chuli Herrera has already exhibited in several countries in South America, China, the Netherlands and Italy. He has received numerous awards in Cuba and is a member of UNEAC (the Association of Cuban Artists and Writers) and AHS (Association of Young Cuban Artists).
SOLO & GROUP SHOW
SOLO SHOWS (SELECTION)
Vientos Helados, Fidelio Ponce de León Gallery, Camagüey
Cielo Project, La Rampa Cinema Gallery, Collateral to the XII Biennial of Havana
Be One, Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, Beijing
Project Sky, Gallery workshop Larios, XXVIII Hall of Visual Arts Fidelio
Ponce de León, Camagüey
Ode to nostalgia, Republic Gallery 289, Provincial Center of Plastic Arts, Camagüey
Freedom that claim for me, Ateneo Bookstore Viet Nam, Camagüey
Crossroads, Cultural Institution Proyecto EJO, Camagüey.
GROUP SHOW (SELECTION)
7th Beijing International Art Biennial
X Contemporary, Hotel Eden Roc, Collateral to Art Basel, Miami; From far away, Gallery Open Bay Harbor Islands, Miami
VI International Biennial of Beijing art; Synthesis, Gallery of the Library Presbítero José Luis Arroyave, Medellín
Enlace Compartido, On Line xl 2, VI Salón of Contemporary Cuban Art, Center for the Development of the Arts
5 latin american artists in China, The 2 Art Season of Latin America-Exhibition on the Works of Residence Artists, Gallery of the Art Academy of China, Hangzhou
Visuarte, Festival International Contemporary Visual Arts, Cienfuegos
Sopa3B, Wifredo Lam Gallery, Collateral to the 11th Havana Biennial.