Karla Areli Hernandez Rangel was born in Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico and was raised in Dallas, Texas. In 2008, she graduated from Richardson High School early, with honors, and then continued her studies at Richland College. After being awarded an Associates in Arts with an emphasis in visual arts degree in May 2011, she transferred to the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri to join the Painting department headed by mentor Warren Rosser.
Karla’s work developed rapidly, propelling her to represent the school for the Yale Summer School of Art in Norfolk, Connecticut, a residency headed by Samuel Messer. She then returned to KCAI for her final semester, where she graduated December 2013 with a B.F.A. double major in Painting and Art History.
Karla’s work deals with materiality and memory through the language and history of painting. Each work has a deep material history, building relationships between abstract form, material, and her own psychology. She hopes that the viewer has an intuitive emotional response, mirroring the internal process of the work. Karla currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas.