Coming from a country known for its hospitable locals, sweet golden mangoes and beaches that are to die for, we give you Niño Hernandez from the Philippines. His art is inspiring enough to prove that it doesn't matter where you are from, as long as you stay true to your natural self, your creative energy will find a way to show the world how talented you can be.
This artist is not just a painter but he is also a musician who has played with different known local acts in the Philippines. He has also traveled to different cities in the United States through his painting skills. Get to know him today from this interview and we're pretty sure you'll love him too.
An interview with Niño Hernandez
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Niño: I come from a family of visual artists and musicians. I loved drawing since i was a kid but i didn’t think it would be my profession at that time, at some point i thought of it as a hobby but eventually before going into university i figured out that that’s what i really wanted to pursue.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Niño: Augusto Albor, Mark Rothko, Antoni Tapies, Oscar Murillo, Makoto Fujimura, Gerhard Richter
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Niño: I try to paint from 9am5pm, i get my coffee fix then start painting, normally i work on several canvas for me not to be burned out. In between drying time i’d practice paying my guitar or flute.
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
Niño: Never ever stop exploring on possibilities, don’t be afraid to fail, take a risk and be natural.
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Niño: My mentor have always encouraged me to paint no matter what i feel.. Discipline over mood swings and paint everyday always.
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Niño: Mundane things like busted pavement, leaks on the wall, corrosion on metal gates. I like playing with colors and texture and things that people rarely notice.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Niño: That you’re trying to say something something..that it’s conversing but not with words.
APA: What is your creative process like?
Niño: I don’t have a routine, sometimes i walk aimlessly and look for textures, i most of the time listen to music or surf and have some quiet time. Only then i start doing some studies on paper and translate it in bigger grounds.
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Niño: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
Follow this amazing artist on his social media pages.
● Facebook: Nino Hernandez Art
● Instagram: @ninohernandezart
You can also see his art works on his ALL PUBLIC ART profile!