Rafael Pérez Hernando opened its doors for the first time in the fall of 2004 on Calle Orellana in Madrid, although the start of its activity dates back to 1986, when a series of exhibitions took place in a first space located on Calle Claudio Coello. These were dedicated to renowned Spanish painters, pointing to a specific period of their production, and paying special attention to paper as a support. Three were the most outstanding exhibitions, each including a very careful catalogue: "Antón Lamazares (1981-83)" which took place in 1997, "Bonifacio: Obra sobre papel (1970-90)" in 1998 and "Manuel Hernández Mompó, around 1966” in 1999-2000.
The activity in the new Orellana space starts with the exhibition “Joan Hernández Pijuan. Works on paper: 1987-2002” which opens in November 2004. More than 15 years have passed since then. In the same way that people evolve, the gallery, the artists and their works are also changing. Eclecticism and a rigorous personal selection articulate the meaning of the exhibitions. The interest in young creators coexists with the enhancement of the careers of painters with greater international recognition, such as Joan Hernández Pijuan, Giorgio Griffa, Susana Solano or Claude Viallat. Rigor and coherence are sought in the projects, where color, imperfection, light, emptiness and balance coexist.