Welcome to my art blog!  I share reflections on my art, art-making, my muses & inspirations.
To read my rematriation reflections on my journey from Brooklyn to Puerto Rico,
please visit rematriatingboriken.com

July 25, 2020


Today, July 25th, 2020 makes 122 years since the US invaded Puerto Rico through the southern town of Guánica. Part of the former cacicazgo of legendary warrior cacique Agueybana II, who bravely fought the invaders of Colombus’ 1493 conquest. Present site of continued...

June 12, 2020


Too too many lives lost. Too too many lives are Trans and Black. Today I send love and light to all the beautiful rainbow spirits forced to elevate back to their source after the massacre at  Pulse Nightclub. I send light and love to the survivors that must carry the...

May 23, 2020

The Women’s Empowerment Draft of the Art Force Five program of Alfred University’s Art Department is an initiative celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment and Women’s Right to Vote. It inserts (subverts actually) the necessary dialogue on women’s empowerment i...

April 14, 2020

“Si no me quieren en vida, cuando muera no me llores”
(If you don’t love me in life, don’t cry for me when I die)
- sung by hector lavoe, written by Rubén Blades

 

This portrait of my brother and I is one of my favorites because I decided to paint this tribute to him ju...

April 9, 2020

This month marks ten years since my brother’s transition. I usually don’t do cemeteries, but I felt a call to be there with my family for this anniversary. I was scheduled to be in upstate New York and would stop at his grave in Brooklyn on my way back to Puerto Rico....

April 8, 2020

(Post bilingüe / English follows below)
 

Además de ser revolucionario, autor del Grito de Lares, diseñador de nuestra primera bandera, abolicionista, Betances fue médico. Trabajó la epidémica del cólera en Puerto Rico y ayudó con otras enfermedades por varias islas del...

April 7, 2020

Cemí
Acrylic & metallic copper pigment on black fabric
20" x 30"

During this quarantine I share my long-time practice of looking to the past for lessons and tools for getting through today’s challenges. Reflecting on my nene’s upcoming birthday, and in these pandemic ti...

April 6, 2020

I’m Not Sick I’m Pregnant, 2009
Yasmin Hernandez Art
Digital Montage on watercolor paper
18" x 12"
 

I am posting this as a reflection on health, illness, pregnancy and home birth and how these tie into today’s pandemic. I've told this story over and over again because...

February 21, 2020


February 21st, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated. I created this work as part of my Archivos Subversivos series to highlight the parallels between this legendary leader and another hero of mine, Pedro Albizu Campos.  Pedro Albizu Campos died exactly two months after Ma...

February 20, 2020

“You ever try to snatch a dream out of your nighttime nod?
A nice, cooled-down dream where the walls are painted bright Puerto Rican Red?”
-Piri Thomas


In 1997, I had just graduated school, left Ithaca, New York and instead of moving back to Brooklyn as I had planned,...

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