Enio Hernandez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and received his B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. His work seeks to expand on the cultural vernacular of the Chicano experience and explores themes of race, language, sexuality, and identity.
Enio’s ongoing photographic series documents the urban landscape across various metropolitan cities throughout the United States and Latin America. Inspired by L.A.’s urban sprawl and its Latino population, he is interested in capturing the culture of these communities by exploring the intersection between the urban and the natural environments in daily life.
His mixed media based projects are greatly informed from both his experiences living in the working class communities of East Los Angeles and as a Mexican-Guatemalan American gay man living in the United States. By engaging in intertextuality with works inspired by Chicano, Hip Hop and Fetish culture, Enio presents the struggle to form and assert an autonomous identity from hegemonic and heteronormative binaries inherent therein both the Mexican and American pedagogy.