Ana Fernandez


Upon returning from Los Angeles, Ana Fernandez began drawing from her immediate surroundings to create enigmatic streetscapes in paintings and works on paper. Fernandez holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from UCLA. Ana has exhibited at the Institute of Texas Cultures, the McNay Art Museum, Women & Their Work Gallery, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Cinnabar Art Gallery and is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Born in Corpus Christi, Ana now lives and works in San Antonio, TX and is represented by Cinnabar Art Gallery.


MFA 2004 University of California at Los Angeles

BFA 2000 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Residencies and Awards

2018  Artpace Fall 2018 International Artist-in-Residence

2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant


Solo Exhibitions

2017 "Eastside Westside ", Guadalupe Cultural Art Center, San Antonio, TX

2017 "2008 ", Winslow Garage, Los Angeles, CA

2016 "New Watercolors ", Silkworm Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2012 "Artists Looking at Art Series ", McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

2012 "Staged ", L2kontemporary Los Angeles, CA

2012 "Contemporary Artists Series: Ana Fernandez ", Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, TX

2012 “Real Estates and Other Fictions ”, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX

2011 Ana Fernandez, Curated by Arturo Almeida, Joan Grona Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX

2010 "Texas ", 2nd FLR Gallery, Chicago, IL 2010 Texas, Winslow Garage, Los Angeles, CA

2009 "Selected Works ", MorYork Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004 "Project Room: Ana Fernandez ", Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


Group Exhibitions

2017 "Texas Biennial" curated by Leslie Moody Castro, Austin, TX

2017 “6 Texas Artists, 8 Summer Days, 1 Cool Museum: Pop-Up Exhibit”, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

2017 “Magic Time Machine ” Ana Fernandez & Hiromi Stringer, Cinnabar Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2017 “210 ” Curated by Rigo Luna, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX

2017 "Landscape and Memory ", Curated by Chris Ingalls, CAM Perennial Exhibition, Southwest School of Art

2016 "Novela: Arte y Drama ", The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Curators: Mari Hernandez & Kristin Gamez.

2014 "Contemporary Latino Art: El Corazón de San Antonio ", Centro de Artes, Texas A&M University

2014 "UTSA Art Collection: Texas Contemporary Artist Series " Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, TX  

2013 "Tal Palo Tal Astilla ", University of Texas at San Antonio, Curator:  Ricky Armendariz

2013 "Staged ", G Gallery, Houston, TX

2012 “San Antonio Painters II ” curated by Barbara McAdam, Blue Star Museum of Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX

2012 "Seven Minutes In Heaven ", The Fox Motel, San Antonio,TX

2012 "Animals Who Wear Make-Up: Linda Arredondo and S.C.Giesey III ", Curated by Ana Fernandez, Joan Grona Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX

2012 "BLUESTOCKINGS ", Studio One Zero Three, San Antonio,TX

2011 "Drawn Out Death ", Curated by Angel Quesada & Rolando Reyna, Talento Bilingue de Houston, Houston, TX

2011 "Hither and Thither: Darrell Roberts and Candace Briceño ", Curated by Ana Fernandez, Joan Grona Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX

2011 "100 Palabras ", Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio,TX

2010 "Las Mujeres de Aztlan ", Centro Cultural Aztlan, San Antonio, TX

2010 "Sonny Smith: 100 Records ", Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

2009 "Exquisite City: City of Cardboard ", Chicago Tourism Center, Chicago, IL

2008 Exquisite City: City of Cardboard ", The Viaduct Theater, Chicago, IL

2007 Pilsen Chamber of Commerce Art Auction , The National Museum of Mexican Fine Arts, Chicago, IL

2007 "Small Works", Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL 2007 Material & Light, mn gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 "i feel good, i feel great, i feel wonderful", L2Kontemporary,Chinatown, Los Angeles CA

2006 "LA Libertine Society Presents: The Nature of Excess", L2Kontemporary,Chinatown, Los Angeles CA

2004 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) ARSG, Los Angeles, CA

2004 "SUPERSONIC", Group Show, Art Center, Pasadena, CA

2004 MFA Thesis Exhibition, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

2001 Gallery Two, Group Painting Show, Chicago, IL

2001 Art Windows Marshall Fields, Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL

2000 Gallery Two, Group Painting Show, Chicago, IL


Professional Affiliations

UCLA Alumni Association

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni Association 

American Watercolor Society


Flat Files & Slide Registries

2007-present The Drawing Center, New York, NY 

UCLA Alumni Association

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni Association



2016 “Catching Up with Artist and Entrepreneur Ana Fernandez”, Dan Goddard, Out In SA, July 18

2016 “Top Five March 17, 2016” Rainey Knudson & Christina Rees, Glasstire

2016 “Food and Art Combine During CAM” Jessica Elizarraras San Antonio Current March 2 2015 “Mujeres Alimentando el Muturo”  Revista Mujer March 20, 2015

 2015 “Food truck recipe: Chamoy City Limits’ Mangonada” Robyn Moreno, USA TODAY Hispanic Living

2014 “Latino-run food trucks pave their way across the U.S.” Robyn Moreno, USA TODAY Hispanic Living September 7, 2014

2014 “America's Best Chili” Editor, Travel & Leisure March 20, 2014  2013 “The 6 Best Places To Get Chili In The U.S.” Editor, Huffington Post 2013 “Best Chili in the U.S.” Editor, Food & Wine Magazine

2013 “Tal palo tal astilla: Three artists explore cultural boundaries”, Marcia Perales, The Paisano, Feburary 26, 2013

2013 “Review: De Tal Palo Tal Astilla”, Haydeé Muñoz De La Rocha, San Antonio, Texas. ART Magazine, January 2013

2012 “Institute of Chili films spot for Fox Telecolombia Latin America”, Jessica Elizarrias, San Antonio Express News, September 26, 2012

2012 “Eat and Greet”, Wendi Kimura, Artpace Blog, September 25, 2012

2012 “At Blue Star: Blue Star Painters II”, Steve Bennett, San Antonio Express News, September 21, 2013

2012 “Fill Up In King William”, Paula Disbrowe, Southern Living, September 2012

2012 “A Night With Ana and Jenn Working at the Institute of Chili Food Truck”, Robert Rivard, The Rivard Report, July 6, 2012

2012 “The Institute of Chili” in San Antonio, a new generation of “chili queens” Adán Medrano August 24, 2012

2012 “Ana Fernandez: Painter as chili queen”, Scott Andrews, San Antonio Current, June 27, 2012

2012 “PechaKucha VI: Ladies, Pick Your Bull Carefully”, Sarah Fisch, May 26, 2012

2012 “Real Estates and Other Fictions”, Bryan Parker, Pop Press International, May 28, 2012

2012 “In eerie paintings by Ana Fernandez, a house isn’t just a house”, Luke Quinton, Austin American- Statesman, May 23, 2012

2012 “Ana Fernandez, Chili Queens”, Donna J. Tuttle, San Antonio Business Journal, May 18- 24, 2012

2012 “Wheeling and Dealing”, Jessica Elizarrias, San Antonio Express News, March 25, 2012

 2011 "Hither and Thither: A Curatorial Juxtaposition of Environment vs. Aesthetics", Gabriel Diego Delgado, La Prensa, September 4, 2011

2011 "Interview: Ana Fernandez", Darrell Roberts,, June 22, 2011

2011 "Critique: Paintings by Ana Fernandez create hybrid of South Texas culture and surrealism", Lenora Weakley, UTSA Today, March 9, 2011

2011 "No Place Like Home", Kristian Jaime, San Antonio Museum Examiner, February 10, 2011

2011 "Pranking Persepctive", Scott Andrews, San Antonio Current ARTS, February 9, 2011

2011 "Lady Driver", Sarah Fisch, Plaza de Armas Culture/Features, February 3, 2011

2011 "UTSA and Joan Grona Gallery present exhibit of paintings by Ana Fernandez", Lenora Weakley, UTSA Today, February 2, 2011

2011 "Little houses that make big statements", Elda Silva,San Antonio Express News Arts, February 1, 2011

2010 "The Bewitching Art of Ana Fernandez", Gilberto Zamora ,Prove & Confusion, June 4, 2010

2010 "Who’s Got Next: The Work of Ana Fernandez", N. Reyna Amaya, Gozamos, June 3, 2010

2004 Peter Frank, “Art Pick of the Week”, LA Weekly, October 15-21, Vol.26 No. 47 2004 “Supersonic”, Exhibition catalog. Wind Tunnel, Pasadena, CA

2002 “New American Paintings” Open Studios Press, Editors Pick.