Judithe Hernández

El corazón enjaulado, Las mujeres desaparecidas, Virgen de las mariposas, Sueños, sombras, y espíritus, Lágrimas de sangre, cadenas de paja – pastel on paper

Judithe Hernández’s career began in Los Angeles during the socially and politically turbulent 1960s as one of the artists in the vanguard of the Chicano Art and Los Angeles mural movements. Regarded as one of the leading visual artists of the period, she was also the only female member of the influential East Los Angeles artist collective known as Los Four, who are widely credited with creating a Chicano visual vocabulary during the 1970s. Hernández has exhibited internationally, and her works are part of major collections, including the Bank of America, the Crocker Art Museum, and the National Museum of Mexican Art. In 2001 her oral history was added to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Artists. Later this year, her exhibition schedule includes a major solo exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art and the inaugural exhibition of the new Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles.

Hernández writes, “The trajectory of my career is not one that I could have consciously charted. However, the one constant has been my belief that what I do has value and that my work brings a perspective to issues that would not otherwise exist. For me, the creation of art has been a mysterious and wonderful journey. I consider myself and what I do as ‘works in progress,’ and I look forward to where my journey will take me next.”

© Judithe Hernández