Daniel “Nano” Hernandez is an artist working in 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


2021 The Remains of COVID (an online memorial)

2020 So Far, LaLoma Projects, Los Angeles, CA.

2019 With A Little Help From My Friends, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

2019 Every Fiber Of My Being, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT.

2018 Mrs & Mr Bateman, Soho Pop-up, London, England

2018 Portrait Revolution, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA.

2017 A Magazine Curated By Exhibit, Gucci traveling exhibit in China

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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