Photo: Yves Marie Vilain 2014
b. 1975, Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn-born and raised artist Yasmin Hernandez’ work is
rooted in struggles for personal, political and spiritual liberation.
She explores these themes through her paintings and mixed-media
works, portraits primarily, that weave storytelling through layered
images, text and calligraphy. Her on-going project Bieké:
Tierra de valientes combines oral history, painting, installation
and video to explore the struggle for peace and justice in Vieques
after decades of US Navy bombing maneuvers. Her 2011 mural Soldaderas,
honors the work of painter Frida Kahlo and poet Julia de Burgos,
inspiring continued solidarity between the neighboring Mexican
and Puerto Rican communities in East Harlem and beyond.
Recent projects draw more from the artist’s personal experiences
to connect to the greater human struggle for survival and liberation.
The Outlaw Clothesline and Luz explore the cycle
of life and death in memory of her brother who passed from cancer
in 2010. Linea Negra, inspired by the midwife-assisted
home births of her two sons, considers the spiritual and transcendent
experience of birthing when driven by the innate wisdom of women’s
bodies and a universal feminine spirit. Most recently these two
projects have fused into a new concept called Fluido
where the artist channels her family’s own espiritismo tradition.
Fluido is a reference to the universal fluid or life force of
which all living things and natural forces are comprised.
Yasmin has received various recognitions for her commitment to
community building through the arts. She was selected as an honoree
in El Museo del Barrio’s 2014 Three Kings Day Celebration.
Other recognitions include an Artist/ Activist of the Year award
in 2006 from the NYC-based organization Art for Change, the Ramón
Feliciano Social Justice Prize from the Center for Puerto Rican
Studies at Hunter College CUNY and a Mujeres Destacadas/ Outstanding
Latinas Award by New York-based Spanish-language newspaper, El
Diario/ La Prensa. Her art projects have been supported by the
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Puffin Foundation,
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies and the George Sugarman Foundation.
Yasmin attended the LaGuardia High School of the Arts in Manhattan
and holds a BFA in Painting from Cornell University. Her painting
series, Realidades de Quisqueya, created with a grant
from the Cornell Council for the Arts, has been on permanent exhibit
at the Cornell Latino Studies Program Offices since 1997. In 2008
she was commissioned to paint a tribute to revolutionary leaders
of women and LGBT communities for the Edmonia Lewis Center for
Women and Transgender People at Oberlin College in Ohio, and a
five-panel painting series documenting 40 years of student activism
for the Intercultural Resource Center at Columbia University.
Yasmin has developed community education initiatives on themes
of art and liberation and has worked as an educator with the Studio
Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio in New York City and Taller
Puertorriqueño, Inc. in Philadelphia, among other arts
and cultural institutions.
In 2014 she fulfilled a life-long dream by moving to Puerto Rico,
her parent's birthplace. Since Puerto Rico has fueled much of
her artistic practice over the years, this is where she now lives
and works, while continuing to exhibit and present her art in
Puerto Rico and the United States. Her works can be seen alongside
personal testimonials and historical narratives on her website
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Hernandez. Under no circumstances should any of the images or
content of this site be downloaded, printed or reproduced without
direct permission from the artist.