germán herrera


Photo: Unai San Martin

About me

I am a visual artist with an interest in metaphysics, perception and our potential as human beings.

For over a decade, I explored the potential that art has to inform the individual about the contents of the mind, conscious and unconscious. I have found this thematic surprising and absolutely fascinating, particularly if you allow the images to unfold by themselves rather than attempting to control their direction; a dark night of the soul.

In 2010 I took this body of work to Spain, presenting it in installation form, which included sound  created ex-professo for this occasion. The project can be seen here. Once this event took place, I felt this form of working, with its particular drive to exist, had fulfilled its purpose.

I have realized there is a relationship between these “contents” I talk about, and what manifested in my life:

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

Carl G. Jung

As I realize the amazing potential of the brain to interact with (what is referred as) pre-space, my life has turned into an opportunity of making this information conscious, un-inventing myself, a bit of a dissolution, which allows shedding conditioned responses and giving way to more freedom in the creative arena.


The first of five siblings in a family of psychologists, he inherited his love for photography from his maternal grandfather and an interest in music from his father, and maternal grandmother. In 1978 he traveled to California to study photography, where he became interested in Afro Cuban drumming. In 1980 Herrera returned to Mexico and devoted himself to music and commercial photography. In the late 1980s he traveled to Cuba where he produced a body of documentary work, then stopped working in any form of image making for eleven years.

His interest in spirituality took him to Poona, India, where he spent six months and met his wife for the second time, unaware of this fact. Continuing the process of self-investigation, he was able to do therapy work, which led to a two year training in Core Energetics (a Neo-Reichian form of internal work), which contributed fundamental information to his current form of image making.

In 2001 he returned to photography, simultaneously discovering the complex potential of the digital environment as a creative tool, and producing his main body of work to date.   Herrera was recipient of a production grant by the Mexican Government (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, FONCA) in 2019. He is part of the Incubator Project of Intersection for the Arts, through a private foundation grant. Previous accolades include an artist residency at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in 2006 and two Marin Council grants. He has been nominated for the Eureka Awards, granted by the Fleischhacker Foundation.

His work was selected by SF Camerawork, the Center for Photographic Art and Photoalliance for their print collector’s programs.   He has been exhibited in North and South America as well as in Europe, and is part of the permanent collections of the Bolinas Museum, California); Green Library at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Harry Ransom Research Center, Texas; Museum of Photographic Arts of San Diego, California; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and the Zoellner Arts Center (Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), among others.   He lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife Nayana.

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