Details:

Rooted in autobiography, this painting references the artist's upbringing between the island of Puerto Rico and the mainland of the United States. The feminine figure in this work represents an expansive, trans-femme future that exists beyond the confining narratives of colonial history and marginalization.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Passion-wash

Rooted in autobiography, this painting references the artist's upbringing between the island of Puerto Rico and the mainland of the United States. The composition contains traces of the past that express the artist’s diasporic roots, as well as her mother's and grandmother's. This work is part of a series by the artist that features a feminine figure who exists as an icon of self-fashioning and self-care—representing for the artist an expansive, trans-femme future that exists beyond the confining narratives of colonial history and marginalization. This figure's quotidian activities are rendered iconic through swirls of pink light.

Working primarily in oil paint, Cielo Felix-Hernandez draws on memory and aesthetics derived from cultural legacy to reflect her lived experience as a trans-femme Boricua. The artist's exuberant palette and detailed, referential compositions draw viewers in to a space of care, resilience and joy.

Specs:

30 inches
30 inches

③ Artist:

Cielo Felix-Hernandez

An interdisciplinary artist working primarily in oil, Cielo Felix-Hernandez’s autobiographical paintings reference her upbringing between the island of Puerto Rico and the mainland of the United States. The artist’s compositions draw on both memory and cultural legacy to reflect her lived experience as a transfemme Boricua. Felix-Herndandez’s detailed, referential compositions feature an exuberant palette that draws viewers into a space of care, resilience and joy—while imagining an expansive transfemme future that exists beyond the confining narratives of coloniality and marginalization.

BIO:

Cielo Felix-Hernandez was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico in 1998. The artist received a BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

A solo exhibition of Felix-Hernandez’s work took place at Sargent’s Daughters in New York City in 2022.

Group exhibitions that have shown Felix-Hernandez’s work include: Nine Lives at Fortnight Institute in New York City (2021); Visions and Nightmares, curated by Baseera Khan at Simone Subal Gallery in New York City (2021); Flame Tree, curated by Bony Ramirez at REGULARNORMAL in New York City (2021); I’ll Make You Sorry, curated by LaNia Sproles at Green Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2020); documento at Embajada in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2020); My Flannel Knickers at Sargent's Daughters in New York City (2020); and Dynasty, curated by Amy Goldrich, Christopher K. Ho, Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Sara Reisman at PS122 Gallery in New York City (2019). 

Felix-Hernandez’s work has been reviewed in the publications Artnet, Artsy, ArtDaily and Art Fuse.

Cielo Felix-Hernandez:
Passion-wash, 2022
Oil on canvas, hibiscus, satin
30.0 × 30.0 inches /