Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Spring 2019 Ana Fernandez

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Ana Fernandez

San Antonio, TX
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Ana Fernandez is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the diverse landscapes of Latino communities in South Texas through landscape painting and portraiture, and through her work as a street vendor in her food truck, The Institute of Chili. Fernandez holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from UCLA. She has exhibited at Women & Their Work Gallery (2012), Institute of Texan Cultures (2012), McNay Art Museum (2018), Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (2017), Blue Star Contemporary (2012), the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2018), and Artpace (2018). The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection currently houses her official archives at the University of Texas at Austin. Ana is a 2017 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Ana has an upcoming exhibition in spring 2019 at Jonathan Hopson Gallery in Houston, TX, and is represented by Cinnabar Art Gallery in San Antonio, TX.


“Though I paint in the realist tradition, my interests are not simply formal; my paintings attempt to capture the cultural, psychological, and spiritual realms of the diverse neighborhoods and people of South Texas. In this light, a car or pickup truck can represent aspirations of physical and social mobility, while a neon mannequin bride casts a long (painted) shadow as the feminine protagonist in a silent film that unfolds through my windshield.”


  • Happy Easter, 2018, gouache and watercolor on paper, 12 x 9 inches

  • Las Princessas, 2017, oil on panel, 72 x 48 inches

  • Tire Guys, 2018, gouache and watercolor on paper, 12 x 9 inches

  • Quince, 2018, oil on panel, 66 x 54 inches

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.