Hernan Gomez Chavez was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He began welding in high school and has used steel in his sculptural work since. Gomez Chavez works with this material because it is both malleable and rigid, lending itself to the creation of durable structural objects. From 2009 to 2014, he studied at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque under the tutelage of Professor Emeritus Steve Barry and current sculpture professor Randall Wilson. In 2013, Gomez Chavez studied abroad in the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague in esteemed artist’s Dominik Lang’s studio course.
In 2014, Gomez Chavez began experimenting in the desert by creating personal, ephemeral installations that spoke to trauma, history and location. He used structures he had seen in the desert as a reference for a series of work he titled Structures: Abstract Models. He is currently residing in Chicago, where he pursued a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Along with metal fabrication and sculpture, Gomez Chavez’s practice has also focused on socially engaged work since 2016.