Teresita Fernández

Visual Artist

Teresita Fernández’s experiential, monumental works are often inspired by a rethinking of landscape and place, as well as by diverse historical and cultural references. Often drawing inspiration from the natural world, Fernández’s conceptual practice emphasizes the connection between place and materials that have loaded historical ties to colonization and the violence embedded in the landscape. She is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Artist's Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Appointed by President Obama, she was the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, a 100-year-old federal panel that advises the President and Congress on national matters of design and aesthetics. In 2016, Fernández initiated and directed the U.S. Latinx Arts Futures Symposium at the Ford Foundation.

Fernández’s works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo by Natalia Mantini. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.