wool, cotton, linen, oil stick, acrylic, flashe, ribbon, grommets and rope
born 1987, Merida, Venezuela; lives and works Sydney
Nadia Hernández’s practice is underpinned by narrative, drawn from familial stories, memories, and experiences. Influenced by the socio-political climate of Venezuela and her diasporic experience as a Venezuelan woman living in Australia, Hernández depicts abstract form with an expansive colour palette, experimenting with formal and material possibilities across art forms. Her paintings, installations, textiles and works on paper, while joyful and energetic in colour and line, simultaneously hold a deep longing for her home country.
Hernández holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (2008). She has exhibited widely across Australia, in solo exhibitions including Con la punta de los dedos (With the tips of your fingers) at STATION Gallery, Sydney (2021) and Entre todo, todxs (Among everything, everyone), Verge Gallery, Sydney (2020). She has exhibited in group exhibitions including miffy & friends, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum (2020/21 and national tour)
In 2019 Hernández was awarded the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize and undertook a residency with Bundanon Trust, New South Wales. She has been shortlisted as a finalist in several awards including the New South Wales Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, Artspace, 2020, the John Fries Award, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, 2019 and the Fisher Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2017. Hernández has received public art commissions for Brisbane City Council in 2019 and City of Sydney in 2017. Her work is held in public and private collections including Artbank.