John Hernandez was born in 1952 in San Antonio, where he currently lives and works. He received his M.F.A. from the University of North Texas, Denton, after studying at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1989) and the Mid-America Arts Alliance (1988), he has exhibited his work throughout Texas, the U.S., and Europe. Solo exhibitions include DW Gallery, Dallas (1983, 1985, 1988); Moody Gallery, Houston (1984, 1985, 1987, 1992); Plus-Kern Gallery, Brussels (1989); Dallas Museum of Art (1992); Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX (1994); Otto Schweins Gallery, Koln, Germany (1994); Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio (1996); Sculpture Center, New York (1998, with Kaleta Doolin); Dallas Visual Art Center (1998) and Sala Diaz, San Antonio (1999). In 1988, his work was included in Contemporary Art From Texas at the Groninger Museum, The Netherlands.
Drawing on popular culture, John Hernandez’s paintings and sculptures seem caught in a psychedelic moment. His dynamic polychrome forms confront the viewer with familiar yet fragmented forms: a virus, a cartoon figure, a carnival.