Bio

Lourdes Bernard is a Dominican American visual artist who grew up in Brooklyn. She graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture and practiced architecture along the east coast for over twenty years, working on a wide variety of building types. As a Consultant and Project Manager at Robert AM Stern, RAA and Enrique Norten's offices she led and collaborated with team members on high-end architecture projects nationwide. After practicing in Washington DC for several years she relocated to New York City to attend the New York Studio School where she studied fine arts. In the Spring of 2020 her project the "Women of April" will be exhibited at the CUNY's Dominican Studies Institute at City College. She is the recipient of a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship and a Yaddo Foundation Fellowship.She's exhibited her work at El Museo del Barrio, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, the Wilmer Jennings Gallery, the NYPL, and other venues. 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. 

Lourdes Bernard pictured in her Brooklyn studio.  "Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one doesn't know. A great drawing is either confirming beautifully what is commonplace or probing authoritatively the unknown"- Brett Whiteley

Lourdes Bernard pictured in her Brooklyn studio.

"Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one doesn't know. A great drawing is either confirming beautifully what is commonplace or probing authoritatively the unknown"- Brett Whiteley