naida Hernandez has helped to heighten public awareness about domestic violence by presenting her powerful installation art work, "Hasta que la muerte nos separe (Till death do us part)." As a woman born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1954, Hernandez has always understood that domestic violence was a common social problem in her country.

And as an artist, Hernandez uses her creative skills to constantly remind us that domestic violence is not only a major problem in her country, but a world-wide issue that desperately needs to be focused upon.

Having studied at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, and later graduated with an M.F.A. at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Escuela San Carlos, Hernandez has worked on:

  • large-scale installations
  • print making
  • sculptures
  • book designing
  • ephemerous art
  • prints and woodcut installations

using a variety of materials and techniques. Moreover, with the artistic skills that she's acquired, Hernandez has been able to use her artwork as a powerful medium to convey her political and social beliefs.

One of her most powerful pieces which speaks against domestic violence is "Hasta que la muerte nos separe" which consists of 100 wooden square "niches", arranged in rows, each 14 x 14 x 4 inches. Each box is painted in vibrant colors using different objects, such as large votive candles, plastic flowers, and small framed family photographs to remind us of the happier times. At the base are the names (with years of birth and death) of 100 women who died as a result of domestic violence from 1990 to 1993 in Puerto Rico. The piece is said to have been inspired by a visit to one of the grave sites.

This installation has helped to raise public awareness against domestic violence through its travels around the world:

  • Capitolio de Puerto Rico, 1994
  • Raices Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1994
  • V Bienal de la Havana, Havana, Cuba, 1994
  • Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany, 1994
  • Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1994
  • Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, United States, 1998

It has also made Anaida Hernandez one of the most outspoken, daring and interesting contemporary artists.

Exhibitions - Solo:

"La ceremonia: peticiones, acertijos y adivinanzas" - Sin T̀tulo Contemporary Art Gallery, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico: December 1997

"Illegal Games" - The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, USA: Upcoming January 1999

Los juegos que jugamos, "Crucigrama" - Special project for XI Bienal del Grabado LatinoamÈricano y del Caribe, Arsenal de la Puntilla, San Juan, Puerto Rico: November 1995; Harquail Theatre, Cayman Islands: February 1995

"Hasta que la muerte nos separe" & "Contigo Debajo" - Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, USA: February 1998; Museo de Arte y Disẻo Contemporaneo, San Jose, Costa Rica: October 1995; Ludwig Forum Museum, Aachen, Germany, September 1994; V Bienal de la Habana Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico: February 1994; Capitol Building, San Juan, Puerto Rico: January 1994

"Iconos y s̀mbolos de la Ciudad de San Juan" - Galeria Liga de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico: 1990

"Bestiario: Los monstruos que todos llevamos dentro" - Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena, San Juan, Puerto Rico: 1989; Bistro Gambaro, San Recinto de Mayaguez: 1990; and Museo Frade; Universidad de Puerto Rico, Cayey: 1990

Awards, Grants & Distinctions:

Artist in Residence: "Latina Artists: Gender, Race and Identity" - Center for Innovative Prints and Paper, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 1997

Los juegos que jugamos, "Los Desastres del Narcograma" - Color woodcut 40" x 30"

Goya Silver Medal: Palacio de Bellas Artes Art Gallery, Mexico D.F., October 1996

"Hasta que la muerte nos separe" - Best Installation: Puerto Rico Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (A.I.C.A), February 1995; Fondo Nacional para el Financiamiento del Quehacer Cultural, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena: 1987; Invitation to Tercer Encuentro de Pintores y Escultores de America Latina, Espana y Portugal in Jerusalem, Israel, 1987; Programa de Subvencion Basica para las Artes, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena & The National Endowment for the Arts, 1989; Exchange Scholarship, Puerto Rico & Mexico, 1974-1977

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