We had the good fortune of connecting with Hermes Berrío and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hermes, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Balance…. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; mental steadiness or emotional stability. If you can achieve these you are on the right path, the only problem is that each day has its own balance, so it changes all the time. First my balance was only my work, then I had to learn to balance my work with my family. I am the father of a one and a half year old boy and I’m expecting twins. How I’m I going to balance this? I don’t know, but I believe nature is all about a perfect balance, it will balance it self I just have to let it happen. Work-life should go hand in hand, I couldn’t do what I do as an artist and as a human without my family.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work captures the significance of everyday life, relating it with a grand scope that emphasizes both the mundane and the extraordinary. With reality as the foundation of my practice, a vibrant narrative and a personal reflection on the world is created. Finding inspiration in these unusual and yet commonplace experiences, exploring the complexity of such simple moments and rendering them on a monumental scale. Re-imagining, re-arranging, and metamorphosing visions of a cultural and personal landscape, seeking new ways to interpret one’s truth visually. I think it’s all about the journey and its up and downs. How you ride this road is up to you, for me personally as a father and an artist I can only say it has been an amazing ride; I consider myself very lucky to be doing what I do. As an artist you are putting your thoughts and feeling out there for everybody, so it can be tough some times, competition and acceptance is hard to get, you have to learn to cope with rejection almost every day, but like everything else it’s just a matter of getting back on the horse and keep on working and believing in what you do.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The museums, galleries and murals are showing right now what I think are some of the most important artists in the world. Everywhere you see, you’ll find a different story, for me as an artist is like a kid going into a candy store! Inspiration everywhere. I would take them to see all of these! Of course after that a day at the beach will be a must!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my wife and kids! When you are an artist you are used to being alone most of the time. Working in your studio long days and nights, creating an alternative reality of what is around you. Our Ego as artist is enormous, I only came to realize that when i truly opened my heart to what is real. Reality is all around us but to truly understand what it means I had to become a husband and a father. Being a father has changed my life in the most profound ways, personally and artistically. I thank my wife and kids for everything. I know this is just the begging because we are going to be eternally together creating and living amazing things. I wouldn’t be here without you guys.

Website: https://hermesberrio.com/

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