' Dan Hernandez
Dan Hernandez
Game Over
March 08 - April 21, 2018

Press Release

Game Over by Dan Hernandez is his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. The artist presents a skewed interpretation of mythology, religion, and violence, enlightened by popular culture and current events. He blurs boundaries, rearranges hierarchies, and questions our notions of iconography and devotion. Genres from the recent and distant past merge with apparent ease.

The show’s title Game Over references our political climate enlightened by the artist’s toy box obsession with video games, early Italian art and religious iconography. Saints, angels and even the hand of God appears as a requiem for deceased carnage. Giant iconic figures provide inspiration towards a greater good against our numerous adversaries. Supreme beings are transfigured into radiant glory. Characters from video games merge seamlessly next to Botticelli’s illustration of Dante’s Inferno.

The artist’s epiphany was the realization that the iconography of early Italian art and emerging 80s pop video game culture shared stylistic and narrative qualities. Flattened space and exaggerated differences of scale were characteristics of Byzantine art, but they are also at home in early Sega Genesis video games. Inspired by the flat pictorial plane and iconic figures, Hernandez creates epic battles between religious and fictional characters that mockingly pictorialize our current braggadocious rhetoric.


Hernandez was awarded the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2011 and 2015. His artwork was included at Beit Ha’ir Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel “Immersion,” Southern Ohio Museum “Fast Forward to the Renaissance,” “Bad For You” curator Beth Rudin DeWoody in London, Lehman College Art Gallery “Under the Influence: the Comics,” Westport Art Center “Toy Stories” curator Helen Klisser During. Hernandez received 1st Prize at the Annual Chautauqua Exhibit of Contemporary Art in 2013 and 2010. His work has been written about and reproduced in publications in France, Germany, England, Israel, Austria and the US including in ARTnews, Hyperallergic, Spiegel Online, Gizmodo, and Arte Fuse.

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Artist Dan Hernandez creates intricate tableaux that blend religious iconography with the contemporary visual language of video games, two genres which somehow collapse seamlessly together in farcical send-ups of culture and society.


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Dan Hernandez

Game Changers: Video Games & Contemporary Art
MassArt Art Museum  Boston, MA
February 22-April  19, 2020

This group exhibition explores artists working at the confluence of contemporary art and video games. Whether highlighting under explored narratives, pushing technological boundaries, or imagining alternative worlds through game aesthetics, the artists feature in Game Changers are discovering new possibilities for what game-related art can be and do.


2018 Kim Foster Gallery, Game Over, New York, NY

2016  Diane Kidd Gallery, Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH

College of Southern Nevada Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2015  Kim Foster Gallery, Genesis 2015, New York, NY  

Secor Gallery, Toledo, OH

University of Kentucky Art Gallery, Genesis, Lexington, KY

2014  RC Art Gallery, University of Michigan, Genesis, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kim Foster Gallery, Genesis 2014, New York

2012 Kim Foster Gallery, Genesis, New York, NY

2011 Kresge Gallery, Frammenti, Lyon College, Batesville, AR

2009 Madhouse Gallery, Dan Hernandez: Recent Work, Toledo, OH

2007 Fine Arts Gallery, Dan Hernandez: Recent Paintings, Mott Community College, Flint, MI



2018 Human/Nature, Wayne State University, Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI

Art Miami CONTEXT, Kim Foster Gallery booth, Miami, FL

2017  Kim Foster Gallery, Winterfell, New York, NY

2016  Everhart Museum, Wolves, Magic Mirrors, and Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of Fairy Tales (July 15 to December 31, 2016) Scranton, PA

2015  Kim Foster Gallery, Heavy/Lite, New York, NY

2014  Ann Arbor Art Center, Drones, Ann Arbor, MI

Art Miami CONTEXT, Kim Foster Gallery booth, Miami, FL

2013  Southern Ohio Museum, Fast Forward to the Renaissance, Portsmouth, OH

Strohl Art Center, 56th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY (First Prize), juror Dr. Janne Siren, Director Albright-Knox

Art Miami CONTEXT, Kim Foster Gallery booth, Miami, FL

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Snap to Grid, Los Angeles, CA

Kim Foster Gallery, Partical Physical, New York, NY

Contemporary Arts Center, 24th Annual Juried Show, Las Vegas, NV

2012  Shizaru Gallery, Bad For You, curator Beth Rudin DeWoody, London, UK

Toledo Museum of Art, Portrait Invitational, Toledo, OH

Lehman College Art Gallery, Under the Influence: The Comics, NY

Riffe Gallery, Lets Get Digital, Columbus, OH

Westport Art Center, Toy Stories, curator Helen Klisser During, Westport, CT

Toledo Museum of Art, Quest for Fire, Toledo, OH

2011  Gallery Project, Post Apocalypse, Ann Arbor, MI

Kim Foster Gallery, Monkey Spoon, curator D Dominick Lombardi, New York, NY

Kim Foster Gallery, Night, New York, NY

407 Washington, Artomatic 419! Toledo, OH

Center of Visual Arts, Faculty Exhibition, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

2010 Toledo Museum of Art, Hispanic/Latino Culture Exhibition, Toledo, OH

Parkwood Gallery, Boy Girl Boy Girl, Toledo, OH

Strohl Art Center, 53rd Chautauqua Annual Exhibition, Chautauqua, NY (First Prize), juror Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Walter E Terhune Gallery, Toledo Emerges, Perrysburg, OH

Secor Building Gallery, The Mix, Toledo, OH

2009 Desotorow Gallery, Show & Tell, Savannah, GA

Gallery Project, Shrines & Alters, Ann Arbor, MI

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Area Artists, Toledo, OH

Art-O-Matic 419, Art-O-Matic 419, Toledo, OH

2008 Toledo Museum of Art, TAA’DA, Toledo, OH

2005 Hype Gallery, Hype Gallery, Milan, Italy

Logan Gallery, Faculty Benefit Exhibition, Chautauqua, NY

Sykes Gallery, Flux, Millersville, PA

2004 Logan Gallery, Faculty Benefit Exhibition, Chautauqua, NY

Mott Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery, Part-Time Faculty Exhibition, Flint, MI

2003  Logan Gallery, Faculty Benefit Exhibition, Chautauqua, NY

2002  Buckham Gallery, Balancing Ax, Flint, MI

Michigan Institute for the Arts, Michigan Now, Detroit, MI

Logan Gallery, Artist Response to 911, Chautauqua, NY

G Fine Art, 9 Painters, Washington, DC

Watkins Gallery, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Washington, DC

I Street Studios Gallery, Two, Washington, DC

2001 Watkins Gallery, Graduate Drawing Exhibition, Washington, DC

7th Street Gallery, DCAC, Washington, DC

2000 Watkins Gallery, Graduate Drawing Exhibition, Washington, DC

Art-O-Matic, Art-O-Matic, Washington, DC

Northwest Missouri State University, Candidate for BFA Exhibition, Maryville, MO



2015 Individual Excellency Award, Ohio Arts Council

2013 Bellinger Award, 56th Chautauqua Annual Exhibit of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY

2011 Individual Excellency Award, Ohio Arts Council

2010 Bellinger Award, 53rd Chautauqua Annual Exhibit of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY

2009 Lourdes College Art Department Award, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

2008 Athena Society Award, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

2000-2002 Graduate Assistantship, American University, Washington, DC

1998 Bill Fields Scholarship, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

Hidegrade Dreps Scholarship, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO



ARTILLERY MAGAZINE, Genesis 2015, by Daniel Gauss 12/17/15

ARTE FUSE, Genesis of Brilliance, by Oscar Laluyan, 12/5/15

ARTnews, What if Fra Angelico Painted Space Invaders? by Rebecca Robertson, 4/15/14

SPIEGEL ONLINE, Angeklickt: Super Mario in Mittelalter-Kulissen, by Emily Bartels, 4/23/14

GIZMODO, Space Invaders should have been a Biblical Epic All Along, by Geoff Manaugh, 4/16/14

KOTAKU, Space Invaders and Other Classic Games as Renaissance Paintings, by Yannick LeJacq, 4/17/14

The Creators Project, Iconic Videogames Become Iconic Renaissance Paintings in “Genesis 2014” by Emerson Rosenthal, 4 /17/14

ARTE FUSE, In this sign you will conquer! by Daniel Gauss, 4/2/14

HYPERALLERGIC, Feeling Unhinged in Context, by Jillian Steinhauer, 12/10/13


Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York, Florida

David Cantolla / KGervas Collection, Madrid, Spain

Pierre Donnersberg Collection, Paris, France

Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York

Phillippe Escaravage and Charlotte Forbes, New Jersey

Richard and Nadine Woldenberg, Chicago

Eric & Staci Flatt, New York

Joseph & Beth DiProspero, London


2012-Present Assistant Professor, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

2010 Art in Public Places Coordinator, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH

2008-2010 Adjunct Faculty, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

2008-2009 Managing Director, Firenation Glass Studio & Gallery, Holland, OH

2002-2007 Adjunct Faculty, Mott Community College, Flint, MI

2003-2005 Visiting Lecturer, American University Art in Italy Program, Corciano, Italy

Lecturer, Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Chautauqua, NY

2002 Graduate Teaching Assistant, American University, Washington, DC, Instructor on record, Stanley Lewis

2001 Graduate Teaching Assistant, American University, Washington, DC, Instructor on record, Deborah Kahn



2000-2002 Masters of Fine Art, Painting, American University, Washington, DC

1995-2000  Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting/Drawing, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville