Alejandra Hernández (1989, Bogotá, Colombia)
Completed a bachelor in Visual Arts at La Javeriana University, Bogotá in 2011, after graduating, moved to Belgium and did a MFA in painting at KASK School of Arts, Ghent (2012-2014). In 2016, finished a two year residency program at HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts) also in Ghent, where she graduated as a candidate laureate. From 2017 she is working between countries, traveling, researching and living in different contexts. The nomadic journey became a major interest in her practice which is mainly focused in human relationships, relations with the natural world, on the self as well as on the others, this practice is enriched by getting to know different cultures, religions, traditions, art and crafts, which she often combines, depicting situations in otherworldly realms. On the other hands she has an ongoing project which consists in painting live portraits of people she meets. This would be the more mundane branch of her work, rooted in experience and in being present with the other. Slowly these different ways of perceiving start to merge as a mirror of the inner-spiritual world and the outer-physical one. A mélange of the possible universes and dream-like characters in her portraits are simply a reflection of the self, of the time we live in as well as of those things that make us all human and which go beyond the social constructs that insist on generating divisions and feelings of otherness among people.
2016 Candidate laureate, HISK (Higher Institute of fine Arts), Ghent, Belgium
2014 MFA in painting, KASK School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium.
2012 Bachelor in Visual Arts, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá, Colombia.
2018 Residency at Mayeur Projects, Las Vegas (NM), United States from July to September
2017 People in the room, Island, Brussels, Belgium.
2016 Latent presences, La Veronica Galleria at Art-o-rama, Marseille, France
Domestic Wildlife, Mieke Van Shaijk Gallery, Den Bosch, The Netherlands.
Fantastic Whereabouts, De Queeste Gallery, Abele, Belgium.
Keep my treasures where I can see them, Galleria LaVeronica, Modica, Italy.
2015 Tesoro encontrado, KB Espacio para la cultura, Bogotá, Colombia
Selected group exhibitions
2018 Upcoming: Perspectieven N1, De Queeste Gallery, Abele, Belgium
HOTEL EUROPA/ Continent des anecdotes, Le 26, Brussels, Belgium
2017 Cigarros y goma de mascar, Más allá, Bogota, Colombia.
Si hay Bizcocho, Galeria 12:00, Bogotá, Colombia.
2016 Summer in the city, Christine König Galerie, Vienna, Austria.
I like what I see and how it makes me feel, Hollybush Gardens, London, UK.
A perfect storm for business, The Governor’s Mansion, Ghent, Belgium.
Balls & Glory, Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.
Atlantis Na Plato, Croxhapox, Ghent, Belgium.
2015 Salon 1030, Private exhibition, Brussels, Belgium.
A cozy mystery with bite, Greylight Projects , Brussels, Belgium.
Capital Artists, Brussels Art Institute, Brussels, Belgium
2014 Masters Salon 2014, Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium.
Fantasmas, Rat trap, Bogota, Colombia.
La Vie mode d’emploi, Zwaarte Zaal, Ghent, Belgium.
Graphic Interchange Format Indianapolis, General Public Collective, Indianapolis,US.
2013 Exhibition paintings on paper, Galeria Hortus,Trento, Italy.
Graphics Interchange Format, Espacio 101,Bogotá, Colombia
Painting Exhibition, Croxhapox ,Gent, Belgium.
BIT-MAP, A Moment of Action, Zwart Wild- Collective, Gent, Belgium.
Home Sweet Homeless, Zwarte Zaal, Gent, Belgium.
2012 La Ocasión, Sótano 30/45, Bogotá, Colombia.
Como pan caliente, Espacio 101, Bogotá, Colombia.
Caras Vemos, Galeria 12:00, Bogotá, Colombia.
Elegía a Jaime Molina, LA Galeria Bogotá, Colombia
2011 PST, Espacio 101, Bogotá, Colombia
2010 Festival Yavería , Galeria ¼ de arte, Bogotá, Colombia.
X Salón Javeriano, Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Centre, Bogotá, Colombia.
La Otra- Contemporary Creative Processes, Continental plaza Bogotá, Colombia.
2009 Rellena, National University Faculty of Design, Bogotá, Colombia.
IX Salón Javeriano, Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Centre, Bogotá, Colombia.
Javier y Ana, La redada Cultural centre, Bogotá, Colombia.
Awards and competitions:
2015 Komask: Masters Salon 2014, Koninjlijke Akademie voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium- Mention of Honor.