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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

ICA Speaks: Hernan Bas

Miami-born, Detroit-based artist Hernan Bas discusses his work and myriad inspirations, including paranormal activity, the occult, romanticism, Florida life, the horror of Memphis Design, homosexuality, and a certain iconic, campy 80s music video. An internationally renowned painter whose work is featured prominently in ICA Miami’s permanent collection, Bas creates sublime works that mix romantic storytelling, landscape and identity.

Hernan Bas (b. 1978, Miami, Florida) creates works born of literary intrigue and tinged with nihilistic romanticism and old world imagery. Influenced by the Aesthetic and Decadent writers of the 19th century, in particular Oscar Wilde and Joris-Karl Huysman, Bas’s works weave together stories of adolescent adventures and the paranormal with classical poetry, religious stories, mythology and literature.