Daniel “Nano” Hernandez is an artist working in London and Los Angeles. His thread portraits can be found in the collections of some of today’s leading figures in art, fashion, film and music including Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, art dealer Jay Jopling, jewelry designer Stephen Webster, director Anthony Russo, actor Robert Downey Jr. and Madonna. Recently, Soho House New York acquired his portrait of fashion icon Isabella Blow for their collection. Hernandez is especially known for his exquisite portraits of children that capture fleeting moments in time.
For work that is hand-stitched, Hernandez’ portraits have a surprisingly muscular presence. His masterful command of a needle and thread enables him to not only create subtle shading and depth of field, but to capture striking likenesses of his subjects that conjure their personalities.
Hernandez contrasts his finely rendered subjects against fields of fabric – be they a Belgian linen, a baroque jacquard or a fabric heirloom – to create highly graphic, color-blocked compositions that bring to mind the portraits of Alex Katz and Andy Warhol.
Hernandez works from photographs and enjoys collaborating with clients to select both the image and background fabric.
Daniel “Nano” Hernandez
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Lives and works in London & LA
Master of Fine Arts, University of California at Los Angeles
Visiting Student, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Texas at El Paso
Yale University, Norfolk Summer School of Art
2017 A Magazine Curated By Exhibit, Traveling exhibit in China, (with Arianne Phillips)
2016 Stitch Fetish, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2015 Put The Needle On The Record, Twilight Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2015 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK, Short listed
2011 Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London, UK
2011 Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
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