about

Liz Hernández (b. 1993) is a Mexico City-born, Oakland-based artist who works primarily with topics related to her upbringing.

She uses imagery from memories of living in Mexico City: the buildings covered in handmade signs, the chaotic trips to markets,

the time spent in old churches, and her grandmother’s house where she grew up.

Her grandmother introduced her to the world of rituals, storytelling, and paranormal events where daily life became invaded by something too strange to believe. Inspired by their unique relationship and the magical realism movement in Latin America, she uses supernatural elements and symbolism to address modern-life subjects.

Hernández’s practice focuses on painting, ceramics, and most recently, murals. She has exhibited work in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.

Selected Exhibitions

2020

Talismán, Pt.2 Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Friends and Family, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.

2019

November Group Show, Pt.2 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Alma Mater: Methods, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA
Potluck, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

2018

Provisions, Pt.2 Gallery, Oakland, CA
Stay Close, group exhibition. Legion, San Francisco, CA

2017

KNOW YOU, Athen B. Gallery, Oakland, CA
Winter Group Show, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Sun Bath duo exhibition with Ryan Whelan. Legion, San Francisco, CA

2016

a pot is a pot is a pot is a pot,  duo exhibition with Ryan Whelan. Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA
Call it Home, Naming Gallery, Oakland, CA C

2015

Soft Bargain, Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA

Press

The Jealous Curator, Liz Hernandez, April 2020

Poppy Talk, Liz Hernandez’s Market Signs,May 2020

Rogue Habits, Liz Hernandez Tells Her Story on Identity and Immigration Through Paint and Sculpture, January 2019

Fine Dining Lovers, ‘PROVISIONS’: THE JOURNEY OF FOOD EXPLAINED IN PAINTINGS, NOVEMBER 24, 2018

Juxtapoz Magazine, RYAN WHELAN AND LIZ HERNÁNDEZ EXAMINE THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF FOOD, November 10,2018

Pt. 2 Gallery Blog, Studio Visit / Interview with Liz Hernandez and Ryan Whelan

Widewalls, The Best Artists of Athen B Gallery Gather for the Final Exhibition, January 12, 2018

Meowmag, Liz Hernandez y el Arte en otro país, October 30, 2017

Panels & Talks

Women in Art & Design, presented by Bright Side, Oakland Art Museum. November 15, 2018

Residencies

Facebook Artist in residence, September 2019. San Francisco, CA
Google Artist in residence, September 2020. Menlo Park, CA

Awards

IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award 2015 , Center for Art and Public Life, San Francisco, CA

Education

BFA Design. California College of the Arts, 2015. Graduated with distinction.