Developed a passion for art and music at a young age. By the time he reached his teens, he already mastered the conventional techniques of painting and drawing. His interest in the visual arts deepened as he matured and began to travel, and his formal training expanded beyond Latin America to the United States and Europe. Although his reputation continued to grow, Ernande became increasingly uncomfortable in solo or group exhibitions, which he compared to a competitive sporting arena.
After his last art exhibition in 2006, he devoted his time solely to the studio in southern California.
ERNANDE'S work is distinguished by a rigorous concern with pictorial structure, spatial illusion and color relationship; his subtly abstract paintings, though shaped within a some what realistic or formal structure, are like improvised riffs of colors and shape that explore nuances of patterns, layers and visual rhythms. His unique style combines European modernist influences (Hans Hofmann and Paul Cezanne; Latin American artists Fernando De Szyszlo, Rufino Tamayo) and pre-Columbian themes from his countrie's own indigenous cultures. Each new viewing of his work reveals fresh discoveries.
I am interested in the tension in composition, achieved through the handling of paint and juxtaposition of color, like the interplay of notes or chords in music.
The development of a painting is built up in stages when I add a new element it calls for changes elsewhere on the canvas. I like to rework continuously. The painting may repeatedly dissolve and transform itself in unexpected ways. But at each stage it must function as a whole organism.
Only then I can add to it. If a painting loses its unity, I have to take it back to the point where it was still unified before I can go on. The work is difficult. Each painting presents unique problems.
On Subject Matter
Pictorial structure, spatial tensions and color relationships, interests me.