Mafer Hernández (b. 1995) creates visual experiences on color, light, space and movement using photography, installations, books, natural dyes, botanical pigments, and sculptural elements. 

Mafer holds a BFA in photography and printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute (2018). Her work has been presented at La Fototeca and Museo Ixchel in Guatemala, and Root Division and Arion Press in San Francisco, California. Her work is included in the de Young Museum Collection and the Latin American Collection of the Stanford University Libraries.

Mafer is the founder of GRACIA a Guatemalan-owned and artist-run project established in 2019. Their mission is to promote a broader and engaging dialogue across countries, cultures, and research fields. They achieve this through residencies, creative education, and public programs, with a focus on cross-cultural exchange, artistic practice, and personal exploration.

In the past five years she has hosted artists in residence from across the world and has facilitated community-based art workshops in various cultural institutions and independent spaces in Guatemala and Spain.

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Solo Exhibitions

2019    Contenedor de Soles, Galería Panza Verde, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023    Women in the Arts, Galería Panza Verde, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

2023    Materia Impresa, La Procesual, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

2023    Cicatrices del Fuego, Museo Ixchel, Guatemala City, Guatemala

2023    Vancouver Latin America Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2023    Made in St. Gallen, Kurzfilmnacht, St. Gallen, Switzerland

2019    Trama-Tejido-Trazo, La Fototeca, Guatemala City, Guatemala

2019    The Women of the Resistance, Alley Cat Books, San Francisco, CA

2019    The Open Book Show, Arion Press, San Francisco, CA

2018    The Open Book Show, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2018    100 under 100, Fleet Wood, San Francisco, CA

2018    BFA Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2018    You Were Here, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017    Día de los Muertos, Back to the Picture, San Francisco, CA

2017    Ofrendas de Amor, Puerto Alegre, San Francisco, CA

2017    Ñ, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015    Burning Down the House, Eric Quezada Center, San Francisco, CA

2014    [BeLong], Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Residencies / Programs

2021    La Nueva Fábrica, Artist Residency, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Known Collections

de Young Museum

Latin American Collection Stanford University Libraries

Center for the Study of Political Graphics


2018    Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

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