Agustín Hernández Navarro Mexico, b. 1924

Agustín Hernández Navarro (México b.1924) an architect, sculptor and poet based in Mexico City. Hernández Navarro is best known for modernism with the proportions and forms of pre-Hispanic architecture; his architecture is one of the most audacious of the second half of the 20th century in Mexico.

 

Influenced by the modern movement and brutalism, along with his interest in pre-Hispanic massiveness, Hernández Navarro has a body of work that stands apart from all other architects of his generation. Delving into the roots of the Mexican past has led him to create buildings such as the Colegio Militar, inspired by the archaeological sites of Monte Albán and Teotihuacán. His work is not about buildings that are only a longing for the past, but about modern constructions in which a Mexican hieroglyph is the starting point for a work that is inserted in the contemporary world.

 

His architectural and sculptural work has been exhibited in Mexico and abroad. At the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey in 1994;  “Contacts” at the Rufino Tamayo Museum in 1994; at the Museum of Architecture in 1997; at the Modern Art Center in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 1998; at ESIA Tecamachalco, National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in 1998 and at Casa Lamm, “Symbolic Sculpture”, in 2002. Among his most important works we can mention: El Colegio Militar, the Meditation Center in the city of Cuernavaca, the Mexican Pavilion at the Osaka Fair, Japan, the Folkloric Ballet School of Mexico City, Kalakmul Corporation, the Communications and Transportation Building and the Meditation Centre of Cuernavaca. As for dwelling houses, he has carried out dozens of constructions in the interior of the Republic, such as “Casa Amalia”, “Casa Álvarez”, “Casa Betech”, “Casa Neckelmann”, “Casa Hammeken”, “Casa Adobe”, among others.