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Ester Hernandez
American, b. 1944
Ester Hernandez is a native of California’s San Joaquin Valley, one of six children born and raised by farm-worker parents. She earned a BA in art practice from the University of California. Hernandez is best known for her pastels, paintings, and prints of Chicana/Latina women. Her work contains political, social, ecological, and spiritual themes that reflect her interest in community and political action. Her pieces also celebrate the ability of women to adapt and recreate themselves in foreign circumstances and environments. Hernandez has had numerous national and international solo and group shows at institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; Tijuana Cultural Center, Mexico; INTAR Latin American Gallery, New York City; Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; and Battersea Arts Centre, London. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Legion of Honor, San Francisco; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago; Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, Mexico City; Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her artistic and personal archives are housed at Stanford University, CA. —From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

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