// Born in 1968 in Miami, FL
// Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
// Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY
Teresita Fernández is best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Her work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking.
Fernández’s experiential, large-scale works are often inspired by a rethinking of the meaning of landscape and place, as well as by diverse historical and cultural references. Her sculptures present spectacular illusions that evoke natural phenomena and engage audiences in immersive art experiences and conceptual way-finding.
Fernández 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 is the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Fernández’s works are included in many prominent collections and have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; 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.; and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, among others.
Fernández received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from Florida International University.
Piece in the Exhibit
Teresita Fernández // Aponte, 2017, pyrite, oil, graphite on wood panel, 21.5 x 36 x 2 inches overall. (courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York; photography by Yolanda Navas)
… the planet Jupiter in the sign of Sagittarius, its star bright. Father he of Vulcan, the first blacksmith, who was cast with a kick to the Pyrenees[?] mountains, and looking for the best metals, he found gold, made a forge, and fashioned rays sending them to his Father to return to his grace, of which he still had hope …