Artist Reyna Hernandez utilizes mixed media across disciplines to investigate the concept of identity hybridity in relation to her Indigenous bloodlines and westernized education. Reyna’s research examines the complex relationship between epistemic violence in western arts education and the discourse of Indigenous expression in the larger Artworld. Her work is a response to the history of systemic Indigenous erasure and the academic structures that perpetuate reductive ideations of contemporary Indigenous life and expression.
Reyna has exhibited work throughout the United States and was selected as a featured artist in I AM: Exploring Identity Through the Self-Portrait, an exhibit in association with the 2015 Guerrilla Girls Take Over the Twin Cities. She was the recipient of the Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellowship in 2015 and has continued to discuss her research while visiting colleges and classrooms at New Mexico State University (2019) and Colorado College (2018), where she held her first solo exhibit in the college's Coburn Gallery. Reyna has spoken on panels, exhibited work, and lead collaborative community-based public art projects across the Midwest. Recently, Hernandez was the guest curator at All My Relations Arts in Minneapolis MN, for the third installment of the gallery’s Bring Her Home Exhibition Series; A series highlighting the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Hernandez’s installment, Bring Her Home: Sacred Womxn of Resistance was on view from 12/2020- 02/2021.
Hernandez is Iháŋktuŋwaŋ Dakota (Yankton Sioux), and received her B.A in English and B.F.A in Studio Arts at the University of South Dakota in 2016. She was recently awarded the 2021 Northern Plains Indian Artist in Residence at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD where she also lives and works.