A B O U T
Sandra C. Fernandez is an Ecuadorian American artist currently living in New Jersey, whose work is rooted in the transborder experiences of exile, dislocation, relocation, memory, and self-conscious identity-construction/reconstruction. Her practice includes—separately and in combination—printmaking, photography, artist’s books, soft sculpture/fiber art, assemblages, and installations; using a variety of materials, such as paper, thread, metal, wood, organic materials, and small found objects.
Fernández was born in New York, was raised in Quito, Ecuador, and migrated back to the United States as a young adult. She received a Master of Arts degree (M.A.) and a Master of Fine Arts degree (M.F.A.) with concentrations in Printmaking, Photography, and Book Arts, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She taught for over 20 years at various Universities in the United States, including Hunter College in NY, Monmouth University and Seton Hall University in New Jersey, the University of Texas at Austin, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Illinois State University. She has been the director of the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, the director of the Guest Artist in Printmaking Program at the University of Texas in Austin, the director of Wesleyan University's Gallery in Bloomington, Illinois, and currently the Executive director of Consejo Grafico Nacional. She is also the Owner of sfernandez Art (Press & Taller) located in New Jersey, where she currently maintains an active studio practice.
Her work has been widely exhibited and collected in numerous cities in the US and abroad. She’s had over twenty solo exhibitions and more than two hundred group shows all over the United States, Mexico, Perú, Ecuador, Argentina, Canada, Palestine, Spain, Italy, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Indonesia. Fernandez’s works are represented in public collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The National Museum of Woman in the Arts in Washington DC, The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach California, The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) in TX, the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin Texas, The Museo de la Casa de la Cultura in Quito Ecuador, the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University, The Art Museum of South Texas, the Kohler Art Library, and the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, to name a few. Her work is also in many private collections including the Gilberto & Dolores Cardenas Collection of Latino Art.