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Licita Fernandez

  • 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA
  • Upstairs Gallery

About The Artist

Artist Statement

Currently, I am exploring using shapes and colors to create abstract paintings and drawings. Some of this artwork displays an element of reality which is included in or hinted at in the drawing or painting. Color is a predominant concern: I use color to imbue my work with beauty, but also with a sense of humor and playfulness. Even my drawings that are in charcoal and conte crayon I consider colorful (just as some black and white imagery in film and photographs can be colorful to me) in the way the forms relate to each other.


For years, I painted in watercolors, mostly botanical subject matter, mostly representational.  More enjoyable for me to paint and for the viewer to view are my more whimsical, imaginative paintings.  I created some of these in watercolor but have moved to acrylic and oil on canvas, and to drawing.  Exploring shapes and forms, I relish the abstract.  All my work shows my love of color.  My work now: colorful, whimsical, joyful, and imbued with humor and mystery.

In addition to practicing my art for 74 years, I’ve also spent many years teaching art to people of all ages, from preschool children to seniors.  I have exhibited my artwork in California; Portland, Oregon; New Mexico; Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Mexico City in Mexico.  My work is in collections throughout the United States, in Mexico and in Colombia, South America.

Art Medium(s)

Digital Art, Drawing, Oil Paint, Pastel

Studio Information

Building Name

Falkirk Cultural Center

Studio Or Unit Number

Upstairs Gallery

Special Location Or Visiting Instructions

Falkirk Cultural Center is a large, beautiful Victorian with lush gardens. Galleries are located on the second floor.

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Contact Information

Artist Full Name
Contact Email Address

510 381 0237

Exhibitions & Press

Group Exhibitions

2019                   Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA Oil paintings, charcoal, pastel, Prismacolor drawings

2017                    The Arc Gallery, “Snap” San Francisco, CA   Acrylics

2002                   Los Medranos College Gallery, Pittsburg, CA   Watercolors and acrylics

1992-1999          ProArts Open Studios, Oakland, CA   Watercolors

1995                    Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA “A Devotional Legacy:  Día de Los Muertos 1972-1995”                                   Watercolors

3COM Corporation Exhibit, Santa Clara, CA    Watercolors

Patricia Stewart/Oberon Gallery, Napa, CA “Hispanic Perspective” Watercolors

1990                    Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA “A Multi-Cultural Perspective of the African- American                               Experience”   Watercolors

1989                    The Bottger Mansion Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico “The Emerging Hispanic Woman”                                     Watercolors

1988-89              The Jessel Gallery, Napa, CA Watercolors

1987                     Banaker Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA Watercolors

Lotería Nacional Building, Mexico City, Mexico “Mexican-American Artists” Watercolors                                          Show traveled to Guadalajara and Tijuana as well.

1985                     The Watercolor Gallery, Berkeley, CA   “in shades of spring & summer” Watercolors

Galería de La Raza, San Francisco, CA “Women X Women” Watercolors

The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA “New Directions: Artistas Chicanas, 6 Women                                            Artists” Slide presentation, watercolors, Prismacolor pencil drawings

1981                     The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA “Two Sources: A Survey of Mexican-American and                                    Mexican Women Artists” Watercolors

Galería de La Raza, San Francisco, CA Watercolors and Prismacolor pencil drawings

1980                     Nuevo Graphics Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico Prismacolor pencil drawings

1976                      The Glenn Gallery, El Cerrito, CA Watercolors



1995                             Creative Arts Fellowship, City of Oakland Cultural Arts Division

1989                            Purchase Award of $2500 for watercolor “Starburst/Estallo Escolar” from the Hispanic                                                 Women’s Council, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Painting represents “The Emerging Hispanic                                         Woman.”

1978                             East Bay Watercolor Society, Eleventh Annual Show.  Runner-up, San Francisco, CA



University of California at San Diego for two years, then transferred to:

University of California at Berkeley where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in art.



Earned a teacher credential through Project Pipeline to teach elementary school.

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