Lourdes Bernard is a Dominican American artist who grew up in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn Tech H.S. to study architecture. She graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and completed her intern training as a young architect in Florida after attending an AIA convention in Orlando. She relocated to Washington DC and practiced architecture for a really long time working on a variety of building types from courthouses to hospitals to airports to museums and high-rise hotels. She was always making art, sometimes exhibiting and selling her artwork while juggling her architecture career. A fine art scholarship gave Lourdes the opportunity to relocate back to New York City and attend the New York Studio School where she studied painting, drawing and sculpture full time . Coming full circle Lourdes now lives and works in Brooklyn.
An Art Statement
Drawing is the foundation of my practice. I work with a variety of media to create complex and layered images that evoke a response to an aesthetic encounter. I have a passion for all forms of drawing, for its intimacy and fluidity, and for its ability to surprise and to capture a particular moment in time. My Painting process is guided by a desire to birth something that invites contemplation and that is as real and alive as the moment that inspired it. I want the image to be intense in its presence, and through its scale, strong narrative content, materiality and composition, aggressively attract the viewer. Much of the work comes from daily encounters and expresses universal experiences. I use history, photography, sounds and language as mediums to create the work. The mural-scale format allows the image to become architectonic and to inhabit a space.