Vicente Hernández, a painter, graduated Magna Cum Laude as an artistic teaching professor with a B.A. in Visual Arts Education at Ciudad Libertad, a former Columbia military camp known today as the Pedagogical Higher Insititute José Varona. Following graduation, he returned to his homeland, Batabanó, Cuba, a harbor that flourished early in the 20th century and which became the geographical and sentimental influence on his works. In his art, Hernandez shifts from the scenography of Batabanó to the devastating impact of floods, hurricanes, and human indifference on this once-beautiful part of Cuba. Seldom does a painter pay such celestial tribute to the place where he was born and where he abides.
Hernández, who is also skilled in illustration and engraving, has exhibited extensively in the United States and Latin America in both public institutions and galleries, and has had solo exhibitions in Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Venezuela, and the United States. His work is featured often in prestigious, international art fairs and auction houses, including Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Hernández is a member of the UNEAC’s Visual Arts Association and has garnered a number of awards and recognitions for his work, including features in two of the most prestigious art and culture publications in Cuba.