William Hernandez is a Portland-based painter whose artwork creates a bridge spanning his past traditions and memories to his life today as an artist, family man and Peruvian living in the Pacific Northwest. Trained as a painter at Lima's Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (1995-2002), Hernandez worked as a fine artist and graphic designer for public and international institutions in Lima before settling in Portland in 2009. His surreal subjects and graphic, illustrative style creates layered narratives infused with lingering emotions from whimsy to melancholy.
Hernandez is an active artist, teacher and organizer in the Pacific Northwest. He was one of the organizers for the first Intercambio de Artistas Latinos (Latin American Artists Exchange), which aims to create a network of artists in the Northwest to share ideas, expression and art. He has been an exhibitor, artist-in-residence and instructor at Milagros Theater in Portland, a hub of the regional Latinx community. As a teacher, he is dedicated to introducing the arts to all ages, from working as a Fine Art Painting instructor at the Museum of Art in Lima, to creating bilingual Spanish/English children’s workshops and organizing painting classes for immigrant workers at VOZ Workers Rights Education Project in Portland.
Hernandez’s vibrant paintings have been exhibited in galleries and cultural centers from Peru to Portland, including Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Centro Cultural de Espana, Concordia University, Onda Gallery in Portland and ArtXchange Gallery in Seattle. For multiple years, he participated in the U.S. Embassy's Noche de Arte: the largest art exhibition in Peru, a show that generates funds for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Hernandez's artworks are in private collections in Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Germany, Guatemala, Peru, Spain and the United States.