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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 www.yasminhernandez.com.

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