His mother died during childbirth and he was separated from his twin sister seconds after their birth. He encountered obstacles and struggled throughout his life that lead him to a climactic and fatal confrontation with his father.
Shayne Herrera was born and raised in the provincial town of Klamath Falls in Southern Oregon. At an early age, it was obvious that Herrera was a true craftsman: He found joy in working with his hands, by weeding the family plantation and collecting live bait for various fishing excursions.
By the time Herrera reached elementary school, he had honed in on his skills as a true artist, by recreating exact visual replicates of phenomenal art works such as Quiet Riot’s Mental Health, Ozzy Osborne’s Bark at the Moon, and Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. As Herrera continued to excel in his academics, progressing through middle school and high school at lightning speeds, he never lost sight of his goal to one day achieve the title of Art Lord.
The whereabouts of Shayne Herrera were relatively unknown in the years immediately following his high school tenure. Some believe that Herrera decided to add to his arsenal of accomplished artwork, and broaden his horizons, by branching into the digital world of art. Others say that Herrera took this time to depart on a pilgrimage to Mecca and find inner peace to become more closely in touch with his senses. Another source says that it was during this time that Herrera decided to strengthen his physical skill by becoming a member of an elite legion that highly values the physical arts. Although Herrera denies his involvement with, let alone confirms the actual existence of, said elite group, he finds himself on cloud nine when discussing the time he spent concocting antibacterial clusters for the masses (known to politicians and gentlemen alike as soap). Rumors and physical abrasions dispel Herrera’s denial, and instead link him to an organization, better known as a club, of so called “fighters”. Whatever the truth may be, Herrera emerged years later in the Bay Area, where he began his life as an ordinary man.
The changeover to “average dude” was the hardest task that Herrera had ever had to overcome during his short time of life. Never one to give up, Herrera began his transition into society by taking on normal jobs with average titles such as Lead Environment Artist and Art Director at companies with average names, such as Lucas Arts, Electronic Arts, and Cryptic Studios. After 13 years of trying to live the average life through his involvement with average jobs, Herrera decided to return to his extraordinary ways of life, once again finding art outside the office, and instead, around every corner and in your living room.
Herrera has been fortunate enough to acquire the extra time to take to the streets and homes of potential muses. Inspired by the works of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Herrera photographs many of his subjects donning masks of various natures, including essential popular culture icons (but not limited to): Anarkali, the rooster from the infamous Cock Fight in Soorma Bhopali; Kylie, the dazed and confused possum from The Fantastic Mr. Fox; and the official burial shroud of Ms. Liberty herself.
Herrera spends the majority his time pursuing the other passions of his life. Herrera spends most his days with his two energetic offspring, Uzi and Ari, creating worlds of adventure, involving monsters, superheroes, building blocks, and skateboards. Other days, Herrera can be spotted with his girlfriend in the crowd of a punk rock show launching crowd surfers at the stage, or bumming around the city of Santa Cruz looking for something, anything, decent to eat. Whatever the occasion may be, it is assured that Herrera will be found with his button adorned satchel, containing his Canon 40d, ready to capture the action before him, and his conspicuously concealed sawed off shotgun.