Hector H. Hernandez

Hector H. Hernandez began mural painting in Mexico City under Arnold Belkin.  Hernandez’ community murals and public art projects on issues such as the environment. multiculturalism, and social change can be found throughout Oregon:  Oregon State University Memorial Union, Portland State University, Independence High School, Canby School District, the Cipriano Ferrel Education Center (Woodburn) Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (Hillsboro).

Hernandez has had retrospectives of his work at the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center (Hillsboro) and the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (Portland). He has been included in group shows at The Portland Art Museum, Belinki & Dupery Gallery (Portland), Jacobs Gallery (Eugene), Maude Kerns Gallery (Eugene), Corvallis Art Center Gallery, and Soshigaya Ruigakusei Kaikan (Tokyo).  He has had solo shows at Casa de la Cultura (Cozumel, Mexico) AND the NTT Gallery (Tomakkomai, Hokkaido, Japan).

Hernandez graduated with both MFA and BFA in painting from the University of Oregon in 1999 and 1996 respectively.  He also holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Art & Education from OSU.  He was a Monbusho Scholar in Japanese Painting (Sophia University, Japan) and in Japanese Culture and Language Studies (Osaka University of Foreign Languages, Japan).  He also holds a BA in Social Anthropology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City).   He is currently on the faculty for Chicano/Latino Studies at Portland State University.