Herman Aguirre was born and is currently working in Chicago. He is a second year MFA student in the Painting and Drawing Department at SAIC where he also completed his BFA in the Spring of 2014. Currently he is interested in the usage of thick oil paint, while using various aspects of collage and sculpture as ways of art making. He explores abstract and representational ideas to bring forth the immediacy of issues regarding war, trauma, and loss within his paintings. The language developed brings a new texture to the emotional and graphical aspects of each image. The viewer is challenged to feel sympathy toward the fragility of human existence and explicitness of the subject through paint.