Fernandez’s paintings are social, psychological, and personal investigations. His work brings to light the idea that borders can be blurred and overlapped in order to reconsider the associative labels of not only painting itself, but also the labels society assigns to each of us. Since moving to Baltimore, his work has evolved in response to navigating a new and unfamiliar city, taking on abstraction in the wake of unrest, representation of societal memory, and figuration through the loss of identity. Each of these investigations are grounded in Fernandez’s experience of moving from Mexico to the United States and his efforts at balancing different cultures and languages, while handling the contested spaces of ethnicity and assimilation.