Melissa Hernandez, Artist-Philosopher, Visual Writer, and Designer
Books are indirect functional works of art. Books are sacred and the origin of storytelling began with visual stories (e.g., cave art). Studies show that long after cuneiform on wax tablets and text on papyrus rolls, the Greeks created the oldest surviving codex or handwritten manuscript. There were scribes and illuminators working on these sacred books, using gold and silver metals.
I have always had a fascination with antiquities/hidden treasures. When I was about 12 years old, my aunt passed down to me her old collection of The World Book Encyclopedia and I ripped out pages 33 to 78, articles regarding art history; since moving from New York to Florida, I have never traveled anywhere, and books took me anywhere I wanted to go. And I still have those pages!
I considered myself to be an Indirect functional, Artist-Philosopher and Visual Writer. I am an emerging artist currently living in South Florida and since I was a child, I always felt the desire to do something bigger than myself. My vocation and endeavors are to create aesthetically pleasing and intellectual works of art and support services that positively impact humanity.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, with ancestry in the Dominican Republic. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Florida Atlantic University concentrating on drawing, painting, and printmaking in 2011; I graduated magna cum laude, with a general GPA of 3.5/ 4.0 and 3.7 in my major. Moreover, as a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), I aspire to become an influential leading artist. I hope to help and/or positively inspire other leaders, advocates, and the community at large.
EXHIBITIONS: 2022 • FEMINA ONLINE GROUP EXHIBITION 2021 • THE LAKELAND ART GUILD'S 49TH ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION 2018 • ART FROM OUR EARTH, THE SEA AND THE SKY 2011 • ANNUAL JURIED FAU STUDENT ART EXHIBITION
Growth Mindset (Illustration), is published in The Book of Art: Femina publication and was showcased in Femina international online group exhibition by Gallerium. The exhibition opened on the evening of International Women's Day, March 08, 2022, and continued for one month until April 08, 2022.
2021•THE LAKELAND ART GUILD'S 49TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION
The Lakeland Art Guild's 49th Annual Melvin Gallery Art Exhibition was an online show running from May 3, 2021 through June 7, 2021.