Detroit-based artist, Hernan Bas (b. Miami, Florida) explores the codes of dandyism and its subculture as a means to define sexual attraction. His paintings are tinged with nihilist romanticism, born of literary intrigue and a passion for historical painting. Small, frail and sensuously delightful, Bas’s paintings personify epic romance embracing both the decadence and nastiness of pleasure. His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Among them, the 2007 retrospective at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, which presented a decade of the artist’s work and traveled to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in February 2008; and Bas’s inclusion in the Nordic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset. The artist has had recent solo exhibitions at Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL; Peter Kilchman, Zurich, Switzerland; and has been included in recent group exhibitions including Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project at the Andy Warhol Museum, and The Cry at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC). In March 2012, Hernan Bas will have his second solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin. Hernan Bas lives and works in Detroit, Michigan.