Bryan Fernandez

A collection of mixed-media assemblages addressing the Dominican diaspora

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About this commission

Aiming to create a visual archive of life in the Dominican Republic and in the Dominican diaspora in the Northeast United States, Bryan Fernandez creates mixed-media figurative assemblages using materials from his environment, such as aluminum foil, fabrics, and hairnets. His assemblages for his Open Call commission, Who I Am, Quiénes Somos, continue this work while making space for BIPOC representation and other expressions of Dominican culture often ignored by white media in the US. By countering colonial and anti-Black narratives in his work, Fernandez hopes to give Dominican culture the representation it deserves and to create a safe space for those of his background to come together.

Get to Know the Artist

A headshot of Bryan Fernandez, a Dominican artist. He wears a dark cap and a tan jacket over a black shirt. He has a mustache and trimmed beard and poses in front of a painting. Photo by Kiara Terrero
Photo: Kiara Terrero.
Bryan Fernandez
Bryan Fernandez
Bryan Fernandez is a Dominican American artist from Washington Heights in Manhattan. He began creating art in high school as a form of self-expression leading him to attend the School of Visual Arts where he received his BFA in 2022. His community in Washington Heights, with its ties to his identity and family history, has been the biggest influence on his life and current art practice. He is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, has shown work at the Independent Art Fair and Untitled Art Fair, has had solo shows with Los Angeles gallery NewImage Art and London Based Gallery TaymourGrahneProjects, and participated in multiple shows and auctions with Phillips, ARTNOIR, regular normal, superposition gallery, and Ross+Kramer.

Listen to the mix

As part of his Open Call commission, Bryan Fernandez created a mix of music from the Dominican Republic with his collaborator the Dominican American producer/DJ Ethan Adrian Srebnick Mejía. The mix gives the listener access to a discography not easily found on digital platforms and represents what La República Dominicana has to offer sonically. Follow the link below to Soundcloud to learn more and listen.

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The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners.