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Ana Fernandez is a San Antonio-based painter who creates enigmatic street scenes exploring the diverse landscapes of Latino communities of South Texas. Fernandez holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from UCLA. She has exhibited at the Southwest School of Art, Institute of Texas Cultures, McNay Art Museum, Women & Their Work Gallery, Guadalupe Cultural Arts, Blue Star Contemporary, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, with archives being collected by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin. Ana is a recipient of both the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2017 and an Artpace Artist in Residence in 2018, and has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Brownsville Museum of Art in 2018.




BFA 2000 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Awards & Residencies

2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant

2018 Artpace International Artist in Residence

Solo Exhibitions

2018 “SA Confidential”, Cinnabar Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2018 “Untitled”, Brownsville Museum of Art, Brownsville, TX

2017 “Eastside Westside”, Guadalupe Cultural Art Center, San Antonio, TX

2017 “2008”, Winslow Garage, Los Angeles, CA

2016 “New Watercolors”, Silkworm Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2012 “Artists Looking at Art Series”, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

2012 “Staged”, L2kontemporary Los Angeles, CA

2012 “Contemporary Artists Series: Ana Fernandez”, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, TX

2012 “Real Estates and Other Fictions”, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX

2011  “Ana Fernandez” curated by Arturo Almeida, Joan Grona Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX

Group Exhibitions

2018 "Right Here, Right Now: San Antonio!" Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston TX

2018 “St. Anthony’s Lost & Found”, Plaza de Armas, San Antonio, TX, Multiple acquisitions to the City of San Antonio

2018 “The River That Remembers: Visions of San Antonio’s Landscape”, curated by Taylor Bates, Director of Programs & Exhibitions, Artpace, University of Texas at San Antonio, TX

2017 "Texas Biennial", curated by Leslie Moody Castro, Big Medium, Austin, TX

2017 “6 Texas Artists, 8 Summer Days, 1 Cool Museum: Pop-Up Exhibit”, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

2017 “Magic Time Machine” Ana Fernandez & Hiromi Stringer, Cinnabar Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2017 “210” Curated by Rigo Luna, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX

2017 "Landscape and Memory", Curated by Chris Ingalls, CAM Perennial Exhibition, Southwest School of Art

2016 “Novela: Arte y Drama”, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, curators Mari Hernandez & Kristin Gamez.

2014 “Contemporary Latino Art: El Corazón de San Antonio”, Centro de Artes, Texas A&M University

2014 “UTSA Art Collection: Texas Contemporary Artist Series” curated by Arturo Infante Almeida.

2013 “Tal Palo Tal Astilla”, University of Texas at San Antonio, curated by  Ricky Armendariz

2013 “Staged”, G Gallery, Houston, TX

2012 “San Antonio Painters II” curated by Barbara McAdam, Blue Star Museum of Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX

Public Collections

University of Texas at San Antonio, Permanent Collection

San Antonio Public Library, Permanent Collection

Official Archive: Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin



2017 “Latina artists go solo together at Galeria Guadalupe” Elda Silva, San Antonio Express-News, October 2017

2017 “Artistas Ana Fernandez and Ruth Buentello Carve Out a Legacy of Cultural Understanding”, Rhyma Castillo, San Antonio Current, October 2017

2017 “SA CURRENT Magazine's 2017 Best of SA Staff Pick: Best Visual Artist”, Staff, San Antonio Current, April 20, 2017

2017 “Buildings have character in Ana Fernandez’s portraits of houses” Elda Silva, San Antonio Express-News, March 10, 2017

2016 “Catching Up with Artist and Entrepreneur Ana Fernandez”, Dan Goddard, Out In SA, July 18

2016 “Top Five March 17, 2016” Rainey Knudson & Christina Rees, Glasstire

2016 “Food and Art Combine During CAM” Jessica Elizarraras San Antonio Current March 2 2015 “Mujeres Alimentando el Muturo”  Revista Mujer March 20, 2015

2015 “Food truck recipe: Chamoy City Limits’ Mangonada” Robyn Moreno, USA TODAY Hispanic Living

2014 “Latino-run food trucks pave their way across the U.S.” Robyn Moreno, USA TODAY Hispanic Living September 7, 2014

2014 “America's Best Chili” Editor, Travel & Leisure March 20, 2014  2013 “The 6 Best Places To Get Chili In The U.S.” Editor, Huffington Post 2013 “Best Chili in the U.S.” Editor, Food & Wine Magazine

2013 “Tal palo tal astilla: Three artists explore cultural boundaries”, Marcia Perales, The Paisano, Feburary 26, 2013

2013 “Review: De Tal Palo Tal Astilla”, Haydeé Muñoz De La Rocha, San Antonio, Texas. ART Magazine, January 2013

2012 “Institute of Chili films spot for Fox Telecolombia Latin America”, Jessica Elizarrias, San Antonio Express News, September 26, 2012

2012 “Eat and Greet”, Wendi Kimura, Artpace Blog, September 25, 2012

2012 “At Blue Star: Blue Star Painters II”, Steve Bennett, San Antonio Express News, September 21, 2013

2012 “Fill Up In King William”, Paula Disbrowe, Southern Living, September 2012

2012 “A Night With Ana and Jenn Working at the Institute of Chili Food Truck”, Robert Rivard, The Rivard Report, July 6, 2012

2012 “The Institute of Chili” in San Antonio, a new generation of “chili queens” Adán Medrano August 24, 2012

2012 “Ana Fernandez: Painter as chili queen”, Scott Andrews, San Antonio Current, June 27, 2012

2012 “PechaKucha VI: Ladies, Pick Your Bull Carefully”, Sarah Fisch, May 26, 2012

2012 “Real Estates and Other Fictions”, Bryan Parker, Pop Press International, May 28, 2012

2012 “In eerie paintings by Ana Fernandez, a house isn’t just a house”, Luke Quinton, Austin American- Statesman, May 23, 2012

2012 “Ana Fernandez, Chili Queens”, Donna J. Tuttle, San Antonio Business Journal, May 18- 24, 2012

2012 “Wheeling and Dealing”, Jessica Elizarrias, San Antonio Express News, March 25, 2012

2011 "Hither and Thither: A Curatorial Juxtaposition of Environment vs. Aesthetics", Gabriel Diego Delgado, La Prensa, September 4, 2011

2011 "Interview: Ana Fernandez", Darrell Roberts,, June 22, 2011

2011 "Critique: Paintings by Ana Fernandez create hybrid of South Texas culture and surrealism", Lenora Weakley, UTSA Today, March 9, 2011

2011 "No Place Like Home", Kristian Jaime, San Antonio Museum Examiner, February 10, 2011

2011 "Pranking Persepctive", Scott Andrews, San Antonio Current ARTS, February 9, 2011

2011 "Lady Driver", Sarah Fisch, Plaza de Armas Culture/Features, February 3, 2011

2011 "UTSA and Joan Grona Gallery present exhibit of paintings by Ana Fernandez", Lenora Weakley, UTSA Today, February 2, 2011

2011 "Little houses that make big statements", Elda Silva,San Antonio Express News Arts, February 1, 2011

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