Ana Teresa Fernandez was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. She received her MFA in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Fernandez’ work will be exhibited at the Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico city, and is currently working on a large public art work for Downtown San Francisco. Her work has recently been presented in solo exhibitions at Electric Works Gallery, Luggage Store Gallery and Galeria de la Raza, and group exhibits in the Tijuana Biennial, Snite Museum in Notre Dame University, Sonoma Valley Art Museum, and Oakland Art Museum. Her short documentary works have been publicly displayed in San Francisco, as the recipient for the Creative Work Fund, as well as in film festivals like ArtHouse in Madrid, and Woodstock Film Festival.
Fernandez has lived and worked in Mexico, Spain, Italy, Haiti, South Africa and in the US. In the summer of 2012 she was invited to do a residency at La Fragua in Cordoba, Spain. She was invited to the Greatmore Art Center Residency program in Capetown, South Africa, where she created a site-specific permanent public artwork in 2009. She has been awarded residencies in Jakmel, Haiti at the Fondation D’Art Jakmel, in Juarez, Mexico through the LEF Foundation in 2006, and was the awardee of the Tournesol Prize at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2007.
Fernandez was selected to be part of the San Francisco Triennial, Bay Area Now 5, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She was the recipient for the Neighborhood Public Art Grant Project through the Richmond Art Center as well as the Cultural Equity Grant through the San Francisco’s Arts Commission. She was also chosen for the National Association Latino Art and Culture Award. She was the 2011 Artist of the Year , Goldie winner for the Guardian in San Francisco. In the past, Ana Teresa’s work has also been exhibited in galleries and museums in San Francisco, LA, Chicago and New York within the US, as well as in Haiti, Costa Rica, South Africa and Mexico. Apart from being a full time artist she makes it a priority to work and teach with immigrants and inner city kids in San Francisco, and wherever she travels, bringing art to underprivileged youth.