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Libertad, a 1977 etching print by Ester Hernandez

Ester Hernandez (born 1944) is a Chicana artist. She is a native of San Francisco, California, where she grew up. She is of indigenous Yaqui and Mexican descent.[1]

Hernandez graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. Soon after graduation, she began to become known for her paintings, many of which depict women's roles in society.

In 1983, Hernandez painted an elderly woman of Hispanic or Native American race. This painting was named The Healer. She followed that with 1986's Mis Madres, a drawing where a woman holds the universe on her left hand. In 1987, she painted two well-known works: the Dia de los Muertos-inspired If This is Death, I Like It, which featured a woman carrying a watermelon on her head, and California Special, where a small girl sat next to a bag of food.

Hernandez in 1990 painted Full Moon. In 1995, she dedicated a drawing to Astrid Hadad.

Perhaps Hernandez's best known work is the print Sun Mad, which depicts a female skeleton (calavera) picking up raisins under the sun. This drawing is a parody Sun Maid raisins' logo.

Hernandez's work has been included at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, at the Mexican Museums in San Francisco and Chicago and at the Frida Kahlo Studio Museum in Mexico City, Mexico.

References

  1. ^ Congdon, Kristin G.; Kara Kelley Hallmark (2002). Artists from Latin American cultures: a biographical dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 103–107. ISBN 9780313315442.  

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