Herminio Molero, born in 1948, describes himself as a "painter who makes music", also involving himself in cinema, advertising, poetry and theatre. With an interest in different experiences such as visual poetry, computer art, conceptual art and happenings, his painting features within the so called "New Madrid figuration", an ironic pop figurative grouping born in Madrid in the 70s.
This heterogeneous group of artists, which has since its inception enjoyed the support of the democratic press which emerged after the Franco dictatorship, manifested a great interest in British and US pop, through the use of subjects and the human body as principal theme, which in Molero's case is made specific in the figure of artists and stars of the arts and entertainment world.
In 1968, together with Ignacio Gómez de Liaño, Manolo Quejido, Fernando López Vera, Francisco Pino and F. Salazar, he set up the Arts and Crafts Production Cooperative (C.P.A.A.), a poetic experimentation collective, thanks to which Molero came into contact with that Madrid avant-garde allowing him to exhibit internationally.
As for the opus he executed during these early productive years in Spain, following a time in Paris up to 1967, Molero worked within the parameters of concrete poetry, but in due course his interest in popular and media-driven culture drew him away from this more poetic trend. Thus, he brings out a series of works which take the format of posters, with references to American poster art, Russian constructivism and Anglo-Saxon pop music. From 1968 onward, he abandons an essentially verbal language to bring himself closer to figuration. His links with music are given their imprint on these early works, of a markedly musical quality, with a dynamic play between positive and negative, also with figurative allusions to pop music, using the faces of popular personalities, such as Dylan or Lennon.
His pop imagery is often found to be linked to Hispanic stereotypes, to Spanish archetypes and popular myth. Around 1970 his activities diversified: he participates in happenings, action poetry theatre and electronic music. His work undergoes a progression from the hippy culture, an electronic aesthetic and Indian philosophy through to painting itself and to a very personal take on kitsch.
Following a period in which he abandoned painting to dedicate himself to musical composition, establishing the Radio Futura music group, and to film production and advertising, at the end of the 80s he returns to painting and enters into the medium of the comic book, maintaining pop language and using the traditional codes of advertising.
While there are ideas about psychological and emotional developmental processes held within the sculptures I make, the things themselves are actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating.