Nadia Hernández is an emerging artist whose work draws on what she is most passionate about - the current political climate of her home country, Venezuela.
Words: Emma-Kate Wilson
Nadia Hernández is a Sydney-based artist whose love of art began at an early age. The world inspires her practice including, “music, culture, joy, and a sense of urgency predetermined by a desire to wish to experience as much as possible.” She is well-known collaborating with brands such as Corona, Camp Cove Swim, surfer Stephanie Gilmore, City of Sydney ‘2017-18 New Year’s Eve’, and Thinking Mu, a sustainable and ethical Spanish fashion label. Nadia shares, “it’s an essential part of my practice and gives the highly critical inner monologue exhibition monster a break!”
Nadia moved to Sydney when she was 17 after her mom received a job offer that allowed them to apply for residency and citizenship. The current political situation in her home country, Venezuela, made them unlikely to move back. She explains, “Venezuela is a country in crisis living under a dictatorial regime,” says Nadia.
Venezuela, her family, community, and surroundings drive Nadia’s artist practice, as well as a love of the bright colours that appear throughout her artworks, murals, and fashion collaborations. It also becomes a way for Nadia’s artworks to discuss the political and ponderous themes, without isolating the audience at first.
Nadia is also a director at the legendary Firstdraft gallery in Woolloomooloo, which has been running for over 30 years as an artist-run space. She adds the experience is “amazing, and extremely rewarding, and has made me feel part of the emerging arts community, finally! I used to feel very anxious in art spaces, but a bit of that fear has finally subsided.”