Ana Teresa Fernandez: de Young Artist-in-Residence

Dec 19, 2013

Photograph of artist standing on ladder, painting black and white fence.

Ana Teresa Fernandez, Borrando Frontera. Image courtesy of the artist.

de Young Museum \ November 6‒December 1, 2013

Kimball Education Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO—The de Young Museum hosts painter, performance and video artist Ana Teresa Fernandez from November 6‒December 1, 2013, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Fernandez’s intersecting art forms explore a range of human experience, from the mundane tasks of everyday life to larger philosophical studies about how individual identity fits into a society of divided cultures and socioeconomic classes.

Fernandez’s paintings depict isolated figures that seem to struggle against their surroundings, serving as a metaphor for the individual’s conflicted place within a society that is fragmented by gender, race and class. Her sculptural and video works look beyond the human figure to explore the world in which they live and interact. Fernandez employs a variety of shapes, materials and locations to give physicality to abstract concepts that create invisible barriers within communities.

Born and raised in Tampico, Mexico, Fernandez creates work focused on political and social issues with ties to both western society and the global south. Now based in San Francisco, she draws inspiration from her surroundings: “Every day the Bay Area influences me. What I see, smell, taste and feel, the characters that walk the street, and the incredible foods that surround us.”

Fernandez received her MFA in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute and was invited to do residencies at La Fragua in Cordoba, Spain, and Greatmore Art Center in Capetown, South Africa, in addition to residencies in Haiti and Mexico. Most recently, Fernandez worked on a large public art installation in downtown San Francisco, titled 5W. She was selected to be part of the San Francisco Triennial, Bay Area Now 5 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Fernandez is the recipient of a number of awards, including the National Association of Latino Art and Culture Award, and the 2011 Artist of the Year GOLDIES winner, awarded by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Patrons are invited to visit Ana Teresa Fernandez in the Kimball Education Gallery Wednesdays through Sundays from 1‒5 pm and Fridays 1‒5 pm and 6‒8:30 pm. For more information about Ana Teresa Fernandez, visit

Visiting \ de Young
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About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition and was established as the Memorial Museum. Thirty years later, it was renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, a longtime champion of the museum. The present copper-clad, landmark building, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international contemporary art.

The Legion of Honor was inspired by the French pavilion, a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, at San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The museum opened in 1924 in the Beaux Arts–style building designed by George Applegarth on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its holdings span four thousand years and include European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West.

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