Biography: Hugo Fernandez
LaGuardia Community College
Professor of Art and Photography
Hugo Fernandez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He received his Associates in Communication from Miami Dade Community College, his Bachelors in Fine Art Photography from Florida International University (FIU), and his Masters in Fine Art Photography from Yale School of Art. In 1989 he traveled to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile with a group of students from FIU, led by Dr. Constantin Manolo Torres, the foremost authority on Pre-Columbian woodcarvings of the Atacama people. While there, he worked on an archeological dig and on editing the work of the German photographer Robert Gerstmann, who had left a collection of photographs and negatives in the Museo Archeologico with his good friend, the father R.P. Le Paige. Professor Fernandez subsequently brought 50 negatives from the Gerstmann collection to F.I.U., where he printed copies for the Museo and FIU.
Hugo has lived and worked in New York City since 1993. He has taught at La Guardia Community College (LaGCC) since 1994. Besides teaching photography and art survey courses, he has worked in the not-for-profit world managing programs for Learning Through Art/The Guggenheim Museum Children's Program and the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. He is currently a full-time professor at LaGCC.