Residency Period: February 2012-January 2013
Patricia Margarita Hernandez was born and raised in Miami, FL. She is a first generation Cuban-American working artist who through the guile and cunning of her splendid charisma was able to lull the governing bodies of various academic scholarships and grants funds into giving her money for school. The payoff was sweet for all parties involved since Ms. Hernandez graduated with cum laude honors from the New World School of the Arts (NWSA).
During her attendance at NWSA, she was student body president and her tenure as student leader was not lost in the largely apolitical je ne sais quoi ambience of the campus. Her focus was in integration and was successful in creating many opportunities for growth and development across the disciplines of music, theater, dance and the visual arts.
She currently works in Miami in the fields of video and sculpture alongside writer and poet Abel Folgar. Her solo work, as well as the collaborative efforts with Mr. Folgar has been exhibited throughout South Florida. Her work takes its roots from combating feminist ideals, donks, Miami Bass, the punk rock do it yourself ethic (DIY), personal limits, the enjoyment of food and fun. Ms. Hernandez also co-directs the end / SPRING BREAK. This is a nomadic artist-run project committed to developing new modes of considering issues in contemporary art and culture within South Florida communities. Their focus is to develop programming that seeks to engage our audience as participants and elicit a discussion surrounding the thematic concept chosen for that event.
Ms. Hernandez is a focused individual with an understanding that daily life and minute-to-minute situations provide chances for knowledge, knowledge she readily absorbs. Her goal, aside from creating, is to continue to reflect the energy of her community through creativity, at least until the governing body of the Florida Lottery agrees with the numbers she picks.