Hernan Bas

Born: 1978

Hometown: Miami, FL

Lives and Works: Detroit

Education: New World School of Arts, Miami, FL, 1996

Works by the Artist

Hernan Bas Bio

About The Artist

Known for work that is darkly playful and melancholic, Detroit-based artist Hernan Bas often employs references to literature, from Moby Dick to the Hardy Boys to French Romantic writing, reimagining the texts through the figure of the young homosexual dandy. He often employs Gothic themes, combinations of romance and horror that are wrought with a sexual tension that conveys quiet emotion as opposed to hyper-eroticism. In each work, Bas tells a tale that illustrates an intense sensitivity toward his subject. The mood of his artworks allude to aspects of Decadence—a movement associated with Oscar Wilde and artists who favored art and artifice over Romantic description—as well as nihilism, the philosophical belief that all values are baseless. In Bas’s own words, "What's the harm in signing over your soul for the sake of love if you don't believe in hell, or if you do, you'll be going there anyway for kissing boys?”

Bas has had solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. His work has also been widely exhibited in group exhibitions, including shows at the Venice Biennale, the Busan Biennale, the Aspen Art Museum, and the Whitney Biennial, among many others.

Click here to read our interview with Hernan Bas about his romantic obsessions.


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