Interview with Evan Hernandez
By Alexandra Francis
Please tell me about yourself and your work.
I'm an artist that focuses on culture, politics and movements. I'm 20 years old, and studying to get my Bachelor's in Fine Arts and minoring in Anthropology.
Who or what are your biggest influences?
One artist that influenced me to be vocal for what I stand for is Robert Mapplethorpe.
When did you decide to become an artist/photographer/creator and why?
I've been into art since I was a kid. Back then I didn't realize I could actually have a career as an artist. I was 14 when I started getting more serious about art.
If you could describe your work to a complete stranger in only 100 words, what would you say?
I focus on politics, culture, and movements to bring forth problems I see in the world. I tend to use vibrant colors and I put a lot of thought into what colors I use for parts of my art. I want my art to be vibrant, but serious, so I use topics that can be a touchy subject, or something beautiful. Recently, I've been looking into dreams and have a ceramic line of masks that were inspired by my dreams.
How have you developed your career?
Honestly, I just use my social platforms to show and advertise my art. I've also had my art in a few small galleries in my college town.
What accomplishments have you achieved with your work?
I've been in 3 galleries where the focus was Dia De Los Muertos which is a hispanic celebration.
What challenges have you faced with your work?
I think the most challenging problem I've faced was finding my own style and what medium I preferred.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
In 10 years, I hope to be a printmaking professor since printmaking is a dying art. I feel everyone should try printmaking at least once.
What is your overall goal?
I want to bring forward different cultures to inform others that obviously not everyone is the same. This is the same for politics and movements... because I feel we should be more open and conscious of others.
What is the best piece of advice that you have been given?
Definitely keep trying. It can be tough to be an artist, but that doesn't mean to give up. Keep trying and find a style and medium you like the most... there are endless possibilities.
You can view more of Evan Hernandez's work on Instagram at evancito_arts