“I like to portray moments in contemporary history that interest me as a Mexican, but also the problems that affect us generally as a globalized society.”
Mexico City, 1971
For Heriberto Quesnel universal history is the axis that directs his work. Of self-taught formation, his work oscillates between the rigidity of the academy of classical painting and the playful fragmentation of the comic strips of his childhood. This flexibility allows him to journey with freedom between painting, drawing and photography in a vast universe of objects and characters, creating recognizable unique images through the sarcasm of his elements and the socio-political content of his subjects. Quesnel work on pages from 1950's magazines and late nineteenth century publications, by crossing out and drawing, overlaying images and text to decontextualize and resignify the object, using as support fragments of past time stories to remind us that history is written again and again about itself.
“My work is based in the history of humanity, inspired by art history. I like to portray moments in contemporary history that interest me as a Mexican, but also the problems that affect us generally as a globalized society.”