By: Frank Henriquez
Opens: January 3rd • 6pm
Closes: January 31st • 5pm
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By: Frank Henriquez
Street art as it is recognized today dates back to World War II with the famous phrase “Killroy was here”, it was not so much the phrase that caught people’s attention, but more so where it turned up, truck stops, restaurants, and military boardrooms to name a few. Graffiti, the precursor to street art, dates back even further to the ruins in Pompeii, ancient Egypt, and ancient Jerusalem. Phrases of protest and social political commentaries have long been the subjects and inspirations for independent public art. We refer to this kind of visual art as street art because of where it is created and displayed, usually in public venues not in the traditional context of a gallery or museum. The work has evolved from graffiti and vandalism to new modes of expression displaying messages or just adding beauty to the community. At around the same time expressionist art was on the rise and much like street art it broke away from the conventional literal representation of nature to a more personal and subjective outlook on the world.
Expressionism originated in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century as a reaction and departure from Impressionism and Naturalism. This modernist movement inspired artists to present the world from a subjective perspective by distorting it drastically to provoke emotions and ideas. The use of human figures and distorted realities found in street art are attributed to the Neo-Expressionist movement post Minimalism and Conceptualism.
Visual artist, Frank Henriquez, a native of Cuba, immigrated to the United States at the age of 20. Where he embarked on a journey of artistic expression and self discovery. He was fascinated by the visual arts from a very early age and it was in Cuba where he began his formal training. It was upon moving to the United States that he discovered that his interests would serve him well in the tattoo studio and he began serious training as a tattoo artist, where he would utilize his artistic skills to create permanent works of art on his clients. Simultaneously he was working on his style and evolution as a visual artist and he used street art as outlet using subjects like urbanization, homelessness, animal cruelty and other social issues creating social consciousness and awareness in the community.
Henriquez’s work is greatly influenced by expressionism, his approach to the deconstruction of images using acrylics and spray paint and his brush strokes are suggestive of feelings. His use of windows as a canvas show transparency in emotions and creates layers of abstraction when colliding with the images, this brings out the expressionistic style in his work. Kathe Kollwitz, one of the most influential and respected female German impressionist artists used various mediums for her work including etching, lithography and woodcuts. Her most famous work depicts the effects of poverty, hunger, the war on the working class and other social political issues. Henriquez’s use of glass, cargo palettes, plywood, windows, and doors invite the audience to step into his world by seeing his artwork as 3D installations, reinforcing the message of consciousness regarding reusing and recycling waste materials.
Street art is the fastest way for visual artists to reach their audience, as it is displayed publicly it reaches a broader and more randomized audience, making it a very powerful method of expression. Street art bridges the gap between generations, it offers art for all to experience and enjoy. We are proud to offer you “Archangels” an exhibition where we capture the essence of this celebrated style and bring it back to its origins, if only for a limited time.
(Art curator, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center)
Visual artist, Frank Henriquez, a native of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba began his art studies at the age of 14 at the Instituto de Instructores de Arte, and at the age of 16 was offered a scholarship and enrolled in an intensive course for gifted artists in Cuba sponsored by Juan Miguel Suarez, one of Cuba’s most recognized realist artists. Henriquez immigrated to the United States at the age of 19 in search of better opportunities. He specializes in mixed medium expressionistic painting, his inspiration comes from a combination of street art, expressionism, and realistic tattoo art.
He began tattooing professionally at the age of 28 and is sought after and respected for his realistic figures and impeccable lines. In 2015 he presented his first exhibition at the Clio Art Center in New York, NY. He continues to work diligently on creating new and exciting pieces for upcoming exhibitions from his studio in Miami, FL.
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