Ana María Hernando (b. 1959, Buenos Aires, Argentina) based in Colorado, is a multidisciplinary artist. She is interested in making the invisible visible, and devotedly explores the sacred feminine through women's rich histories, their daily lives and relationship to hand-worked textiles and wares. In her installations, Ana María uses textiles in abundance, and includes the work of women from around Latin America and beyond, from embroideries of cloistered nuns in Buenos Aires, to mountains of tulle, to the weavings and wares of Peruvian women from the Andes.
Ana María has a BFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, and a BS in Education from the Profesorado Eccleston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also studied at the Museum School in Boston, and the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes P. Pueyrredón. Ana María was the 2020 Prix Henry Clews in Sculpture awardee by La Napoule Art Foundation. She spent 2020 in-residency, having a major solo show at the Foundation’s Château and gardens by the Mediterranean in France. Some of her solo exhibitions have been at the Denver Botanic Gardens, the CU Art Museum with a publication, MCA Denver, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, International Center of Bethlehem in the West Bank, the Oklahoma and the Marfa Contemporary, and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Undomesticated, a documentary about her work by Amie Knox from A bar K Productions premiered in May of 2018. In 2019, Ana María constructed a temporary public art installation, Flare, a billboard covered in ruffled tulle for Downtown Denver, CO. Ana María has collaborated through the years with master printmaker Bud Shark of Shark’s Ink who published the last pair of lithographs in 2021. She is the S*Park Resource Artist at Redline till the end of 2023. This year her work was included in Narrative Threads at the Moody Arts Center, Houston, and Redline at 15, at MCA, Denver. Flowering Eulogy, 2023, was commissioned by the City of Boulder to commemorate the 2021 King Sooper shooting.
Nominated by Nora Burnett Abrams, Executive Director of MCA Denver, Ana will represent Colorado in the 2024 Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is a 2023 Joan Mitchell Fellow and the recipient of the First Prize for the Biennial of the Americas 2021 Covid-19 Memorial. She also received a Nomination for the Anonymous Was a Woman Award for 2023. In 2022, a collection of Hernando’s diverse works was shown at Robischon Gallery and the Sun Valley Museum of Art in Ketchum, Idaho. In 2023 Ana María, as the recipient of the Boedecker Path to Excellence Grant and a Boulder Arts Commission Community Grant, is presenting Making a Mountain, an evolving empowering performative installation, inviting communities to sew together to craft an enormous mound from pink and orange tulle, at the Dairy Art Center in Boulder, CO. You can find more of her work on this website and her Instagram (@AnaMariaHernandoArt).