Mirsad Herenda, born in 1967 as the sixth son of a peasants’ family in a small Bosnian mountain-village and grown up in pristine nature in close touch with the forest and its animals, while going through a deadly decease and living in poverty and scarcity in his early childhood, the artist has been sensitized to the thresholds of live since the very beginning.
In the war in former Yugoslavia he has faced the destruction of the world, in that he was deeply rooted in, the explosive power of the political and the existential boundaries and lines between live and death.
Without his family’s knowing he signed up for the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in 1996 where he graduated 2002. Since 2003, the sculptor is now living and working in Düsseldorf, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bremen under Franka Hörnschemeyer.
Herenda’s sculptures that were exhibited in Munich, Milano, Turin and Berlin, are clotted manifestations of these experiences, while at the same time to be understood as sensitive reactions to the devastating processes in present time.
With his sculptures he evokes highly poetical atmospheres, in which the simultaneity of the nature’s vulnerability and cruelty take shape: fine moss and lichens made of steel, the dramatic moment of a goat by fleeing casted into shape, and whispering wind that touches softly the leaves made of molten metal.