Bryan Fernandez is a first and second-generation Dominican American from Washington Heights, New York. Additionally, he's lived in several Dominican communities throughout the northeast But is always brought back to the heights in one way or another. As of May 2022, he graduated from the School Of Visual Arts with honors with a bachelor's in fine arts. (with a minor in creative writing). He still currently resides in Washington Heights and has exhibited works in galleries nationally and internationally. He is also a grantee from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and has work in the X museum collection in Beijing, China.
My work explores the daily experiences and history of Dominicans-Americans and larger diaspora. I do this by documenting everyday moments left out of the media, keeping a visual archive of our marginalized history. Covering contemporary themes such as race, identity, and transnationalism through representation. Identifying key spaces and practices relevant to the Dominican people. I navigate these themes by creating mixed media figurative assemblage pieces. By using raw materials, creates a sense of urgency in my imagery. No longer can the viewer overlook this community as they now share a space. Additionally, this mix of media also serves as an allegory for Dominican identity. This is due to the mix of African, Taino, and Spanish peoples. Figures play vital roles as they show what people of Dominican descent and our lives look like. Rejecting colonial rhetoric, which emphasizes Eurocentric features. Through my practice, I can answer ongoing questions I have about my heritage. What is our authentic culture? Nuestras experiencias sociales significativas? Transference? Quienes somos nosotros? As well as celebrating the culture, community, and people I’ve grown to love. A community that is the reason for who I am today.