Stacie Hernandez, b. Wichita, Kansas. I obtained my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from the University of Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, I studied with Painter George Bogart and Sculptor Timothy Segar, each of whom became an influence on my artistic growth. I then moved to Brooklyn, NY to continue my studies at Pratt Art Institute under Ross Neher, receiving my Master of Fine Arts degree. While at Pratt I had the privilege of working Master Painter George McNeil whose friendship and counsel has a profound effect on my life and my work.
I was attracted to art early in life and was particularly drawn to painting and drawing. Heavily influenced by both the Modern Art movements’ abstract expressionism and a rich vibrant Mexican-American cultural childhood experience, I have been inspired to experiment with new ways of processing ideas and concepts regarding the nature of materials and functions of art.
My abstract thought was encouraged by artist, mentor and friend George McNeil (1908-1995) with whom discussions about the current art movement were shared over tea on many occasions. He encouraged me to experiment with one of the key signatures of modernism which was to have an emotionally wrought brushstroke.
As an abstract impressionist, I strive to create the emotions associated with people and events. It is the memory, the feeling, the connection that makes those moments memorable, and it is that connection that drives my work in selection of the medium, the nature of the work, the colors and movements, textures and layers that comprise it. Even the use of photography as a medium carries that same sense of movement, layer and emotion.
In painting, I strive for efficiency in brushstroke observing form, space, movement and color. Informed by a range of emotional states, points of time, and position in my surrounding landscape, the work is an affirmation that people experience music, landscapes, emotions and memories in complex, interconnected ways. I strive to make this evident in the tension and balance both in painting and other works.
My work synthesizes a multitude of contrasting concepts and forms: light and dark, warm and cool, space and density, gravity and lightness, while each color struggles to gain its own recognition on canvas. I deploy color, line, shape, and texture to create a rhythmic visual experience that evokes an emotional response.
I prefer to work in solitude and my paintings are built slowly and carefully; the arc of my arm can be seen in the brush or palette knife stroke. I have a great deal of experience with discipline, practice, balance, and a relaxed and fluid control as both painter and as an athlete. These principles of physical action, combined with careful, precise visual observation of my environment, underscore my lifelong approach to art.
Underlying my work is an awareness of my sense of Synesthesia, and I embrace this natural expression in my painting. Synesthesia is the neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. These are usually the first abstract concepts that educational systems require children to learn. In my case, they result in my “hearing” colors, a tonal convergence between paint and surface and between one or more colors as a work emerges from a canvas.
Each line is painstakingly etched into the background, a direct physical language. Colors are inextricably tied to one another. So clear is this relationship that I have associated each color with an exact sound, allowing the viewer the ability to get in touch with his or her spiritual self.
My oeuvre can be broken down into a multitude of periods; shifts in my work typically coincide with material changes in my surrounding landscape, personal relationships, or some major life event. The work crosses landscapes, time, geography and stages of life. As I have grown, it has expanded into new media and the inherent challenges that accompany them.
Besides McNeil, I have also been influenced by Anselm Keifer, Eric Fischl, David Salle, Mary Boone, Julian Schnabel, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Picasso, Red Grooms, Jackson Pollock, De Kooning, Roberta Smith and Turner, to name a few!
I’m constantly reminded of the relevance of this approach by a quote from Roberta Smith; “Paintings like poetry and music, are essential nutrients that help people sustain healthy lives. They’re not recreational pleasures or sidelines. They are tools that help us grasp the diversity of the world and its history, and explore the emotional capacities with which we navigate the world. They illuminate, they humble, they nurture, they inspire. They teach is to use our eyes and to know ourselves by knowing others.”
ART SCHOOL FOR THE VISUAL ARTS BERGENFIELD, LLC.
Owner/Director/Artist, Established 1991
Developed/Instructed- a full art curriculum for Elementary aged children through adults in the Northern New Jersey Bergen County area. All mediums.
PALENCIA FINE ARTS ACADEMY, LLC.
Owner/Director/Artist in Residence, Established 2012 - 2017
Developed and currently instructing Elementary aged children in group and private classes - all mediums. Also offered, Private instruction for adults. Gallery/studio space is open to the public in the Village Square building within the Palencia community. Exhibitions and commissions ongoing.
JULIUS LOWY RESTORATION & CONSERVATION, INC.
Co-Director, NYC, NY 1987-1991
Lowy established in 1907, the fine art conservation studio preserves painting and paper from all periods from Old Masters to Contemporary.
NOTEABLE ASSIGNMENTS AT JULIUS LOWY:
The reframing of Cezanne’s “The Bathers,” Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” for the Museum of Modern Art. Also reframing of Van Gogh’s “The Postman.”
CLIENTS: Partial Listing
NATIONAL BUILDING AND MUSEUMS:
Anschutz Collection; Armand Hammer Foundation; Art Institute of Chicago; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Brooklyn Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Art; Whitney Museum.
Christie’s, William Doyle; Phillips; Sloan’s Sotheby’s
Oprah Winfrey, African American Folk Art
Yoko Ono, Studio One
ACA, Adelson Fine Art; Andre Emmerich; David Findlay; David Tunick; Galerie Lelong; Gruenebaum; Hirschl & Adler; Ira Spanierman; Jordan Volpe; Knoedler; Richard Green.
1989 M.F.A. Painting with Distinction, Pratt Art Institute, Brooklyn NYC
1987 B.F.A. Painting and Drawing, University of Oklahoma
1979-1981 Studied at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
1981-1983 Studied at University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Texas Visual Arts Association, Dallas, TX
2018 Stacie Hernandez: ODYSSEY, a journey in blue, Dallas, TX
2015 Stacie Hernandez: Recent Works, The Palencia Club, St. Augustine, FL
2014 Stacie Hernandez: Musica, Palencia Fine Arts Academy, St. Augustine, FL
2013 Stacie Hernandez: Elements, Palencia Fine Arts Academy, St. Augustine, FL
1998 Stacie Hernandez: Biscotti’s, Jacksonville, FL
1996 Stacie Hernandez: Recent Works, Art School for the Visual Arts, Bergenfield, NJ
1995 Stacie Hernandez: Spaces, Art School for the Visual Arts, Bergenfield, NJ
1993 Stacie Hernandez: New Blue, Art School for the Visual Arts, Bergenfield, NJ
1994 Stacie Hernandez: The Journey, Art School for the Visual Arts, Bergenfield, NJ
1992 Stacie Hernandez: New Works, Art School for the Visual Arts, Bergenfield, NJ
1991 Stacie Hernandez: Closure, Art School for the Visual Arts, Bergenfield, NJ
1990 Stacie Hernandez: Re-Affirmation, Art School for the Visual Arts, Bergenfield, NJ
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Texas Visual Art Association Gallery, Dallas, TX
2018 Open Studios, Farewell Celebration, CGB, Dallas, TX
2018 Art on Henderson, Dallas, TX
2017 Open Studios, Continental Gin Building, Dallas, TX
2017 Agora Gallery, Melange of Milieu, New York, NY
2016 Agora Gallery, Unbound Perspectives, New York, NY
2015 20TH Friends of Pleiades Invitational, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Manhattan Arts, Hot-Topics, Bold Expression
1998 Viscosity Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
1998 Blue River Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
1998 The Center at Ponte Vedra Beach Cultural Center, FL
1997 Pedestrian Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
1991 Burns Fine Art, New York, NY
1990 Joyce Goldstein, New York, NY
1989 The Puck Building, New York, NY
1987 Fred Jones Museum, OK
1987 Firehouse Art Gallery-Fred Jones Museum, Norman, OK
1983 John Porter Galleries, Oklahoma City, OK
1982 Santa Fe Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1982 500 Inc. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
1980 Canterbury Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
1979 Dean Galleries, OK
Gardiner Art Gallery, OK
1989 The Drawing Center, NYC
PERMANENT PUBLIC COMMISSIONS: partial listing
1998 The Loop Inc. Jacksonville, FL
1998 The Loop Inc. Amelia Island, FL
1997 The Loop Inc. Deland, FL
2000 In My Backyard, Mural- Julington Creek Plantation Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL
2001 Five Pillars, Mural - Julington Creek Plantation Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL
2004 After School, Mural – Julington Creek Plantation Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL
NOTEABLE COLLECTORS: partial listing
Mr. and Mrs. Blain Peerson, St. Augustine, FL
Dr. Brinson, Tulsa, OK
Mr. and Mrs. Vince Cubbage, Essex Fells, NY
Dr. Kalpana and Mr. Marcus Depasquale, St. Johns, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sullivan, St. Augustine, FL
Reverend Guy Noonan, St. Johns, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Duffy, St. Augustine, FL
Mr. Keith Giordano, St. Augustine, FL
Mr. Glen Hampton, St. Augustine, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Peoples, St. Augustine, FL
Richard Cohen, New York, NY
Mr. George Wilson, New York, NY
Dr. Jose and Mrs. Giselle Nieto, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Deas, Jacksonville, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Abad, Jacksonville FL
Mr. and Mrs. MacEwan, St. Augustine, FL
Mr. David Randle, Gulfport, MS
Mr. and Mrs. Lance and Dottie Smith, St. Augustine, FL.
David Mair, Ponca City, OK
Dr. John Polkinghorn, Edmond OK
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fanning, Edmond, OK
Ms. Rebecca Wall, Rowlett, TX
Mr. Samuel Fusco, Dallas, TX
Mr. Vince Lujano, Wichita, KS
Mr. Mike Ryan, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mr. Amr Elborai, Dallas, TX
Ms. Angie Hefner, Dallas, TX
Ms. Carol Wright, Dallas, TX
Mr. Gar Herring, Dallas, TX
Mr. Kevin Koontz, Dallas, TX
Ms. Keri Harris, Dallas, TZ
Mr. Richey Owen, Dallas, TX
Mr. Russell Blair, Dallas, TX
Ruth Reed, Plano, TX
Mr. and Mrs. David Heartguist, Coppell, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Ken and Barbara Fasola, Frisco, TX
DeAnne Powers, Dallas Tx
Rebecca Wall Backus, Rockwall, TX
PUBLICATIONS/PRESS: partial listing
Dallasartcritic, Review of Solo Exhibition, October 11th 2018
ModerndallasTV, October 2017 https://vimeo.com/238022179
ARTisSpectrum, Vol.35, May 2016
Agora Gallery, Unbound Perspectives, August/September 2016
St. Johns Magazine, Art Issue, September 2016
Agora Gallery, Melange de Milieu, February 2017
This CV shows a long history of giving back to the community in which I lived and worked. It started in the 1980’s during my time owning and instructing at, The Art School for the Visual Arts, Bergenfield. There, I taught children and adults of all ages, but more importantly volunteered and taught stroke patients. I was able to use my master’s degree by teaching all mediums and exhibiting the works of the students on an annual basis.
I continued supporting the arts once I moved to Florida by opening another school and gallery in an area that was in desperate need of art education. While in Florida, I became aware that art instruction was non-existent for those who were hearing impaired. I followed through by reaching out to this community and offering instruction.
In addition, I had an opportunity to get involved with the St. Johns County school system and was invited to paint murals in the local elementary school. I painted during school hours so that all children could see the everyday progress. Teachers allowed students to stop by and ask questions. Questions ranged from subject matter, composition, application of paint and color theory. This project lasted for several years and I look forward to participating in a project similar here in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
I have only recently moved to Dallas and am getting a better understanding of the art community programs, organizations and needs. I am currently a member of the Dallas Contemporary, Nashar Sculpture Center, Texas Vignette, Texas Visual Arts Association. As am a member of the Texas Vignette, I will be donating time to aid in help promoting women in the arts.
Recently, I donated a painting to the Dallas Margarita Society and I look forward to participating annually. I decided to take a different approach regarding the organization, Color Me Empowered. Instead of a donation, I decided to purchase artwork from several artists and I look forward to continuing that practice as well.
Finally, I am excited to be living in an area that is rich in Arts and Culture and look forward to finding more new ways to give back.