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Hector de Gregorio

Hector de Gregorio
1974

Bestselling artist Hector de Gregorio has been described as ‘an unswervingly incendiary artist’, he is interested in seducing the viewer, and his deliciously dark photographic images certainly act as a visual lure. In his images nothing is sacred, containing as they do religious overtones and something beyond mere festishism.

De Gregorio graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in 2009, with a Master’s Degree in Printmaking, where he developed his labour-intensive way of working. Each image involves extensive research and costume making, photography, digital imaging and hand-finishing.

Hector de Gregorio photographs his friends, often in his studio against a blank wall, and dressed in elaborate costumes he has designed and made. He takes a number of photographs from the initial shoot, and stitches them together to distort the perspective of the finished image, and adding elements such as a parchment-coloured backdrop, Latin phrases, and other motifs, often with religious or mythical connotations. The finished images are then printed onto fine art paper or canvas, and overlaid with oils, waxes, gold leaf and varnish.

Hector de Gregorio is interested in European art, and particularly the representation of ecstasy, whether this is the sensuality of the Renaissance painter Lippi, the realist style of Caravaggio, the macabre of Bosch or the metaphysical of Dali’s surrealist works. Other influences include his mother, who was a dressmaker and taught a young de Gregorio how to design and make clothes, and his Catholic upbringing, which seeded a further interest in religious and devotional art from all religions. All these elements combine in these portraits that have often been described as having a medieval feel, and therefore they are utterly familiar and rooted firmly in the past, yet are completely contemporary.

Hector de Gregorio has exhibited widely, with exhibitions in London, Berlin, Milan, New York, Miami and Chicago. His deliciously modern portraiture is held in the collections of Lady Victoria Conran, Mehmet Omer Koc and Theo Fennell.In November 2009 he won the prestigious annual Young Masters Art Prize for his inspiring contemporary portraiture.

In 2012 Hector de Gregorio was asked to exhibit in The Perfect Place to Grow, an exhibition of work by alumni of the Royal College of Art, to celebrate the college's 175th anniversary. Absinthes was exhibited alongside work by David Hockney, Tracey Emin, George Shaw, Chris Ofili, Eduardo Paolozzi, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.  

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Hector de Gregorio
1974

Education
2009 MA Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London
2007 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, London
2003 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Camberwell College, London
 

Exhibitions
2013 The Perfect Place to Grow: 175 Years of the Royal College of Art, Royal College of Art, London
2012 London Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, London
2011 New Work, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2011 Shunt, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
2011 SCOPE Art Fair (solo installation), Opus Fine Art, Basel
2011 nine: An Exhibition of New Work by Nine Contemporary Artists, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2011 SCOPE Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, New York
2010 The Art of Christmas, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 Fresh Cream, Opus Fine Art, London
2010 Slick 10, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Paris
2010 NewcastleGateshead Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, Gateshead
2010 London International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
2010 Summer Exhibition, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 Can You Hear It?, The Nunnery, London
2010 Fresh Cream, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 Art Chicago, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Chicago
2010 SCOPE Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, New York
2010 London Art Fair, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
2010 Happiness Machines, RISE, Berlin
2010 Group Show, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, New York
2009 AXA Young Masters, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
2009 Fresh Cream, Opus Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne
2009 SCOPE Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, Miami
2009 NewcastleGateshead Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, Gateshead
2009 Manchester Buy Art Fair, Opus Fine Art, Manchester
2009 Visions of Excess, Shunt Vaults, London
2008 Seduced: Sex in Art from Antiquity to Now, Windows Gallery, London
2008 Poetic Madness/Romantic Imagination, RISE, Berlin
2008 The Green Room, Queer Up North, Manchester
2007 Drunkenstrasse, Windows Gallery, London
2007 Romances, Windows Gallery, London
2007 Lieben Lieben, RISE, Berlin
2006 Peace Making, Windows Gallery, London
2005 C-Print, Miami
 

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Hector de Gregorio with 'Absinthes' at The Perfect Place to Grow: 175 Years of the Royal College of Art
Hector de Gregorio with 'Absinthes' at The Perfect Place to Grow: 175 Years of the Royal College of Art

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