Interview with Loriann Hernandez 'Elle Seven'

Loriann Hernandez, also known as Elle Seven, is a roller skater, curator, artist and educator.

"My goal is to affect the fields of art and skating in ways that will bring a positive transformation to the world.  I’m an unconventional curator and so far I have accomplished this locally, but the world is a big place, I can probably keep skating, painting, curating and teaching for the rest of my life and in my 80’s finally start seeing the affects of my commitment....but hopefully sooner!" -Loriann Hernandez 'Elle Seven'

Whatever. Digital Mural. Elle Seven

Whatever. Digital Mural. Elle Seven

Tune in for Episode 10, interview with Loriann Hernandez 'Elle Seven' airing June 21, 2014.

Loriann Hernandez 'Elle Seven' grew up in Riverside, Ca where both of her parents are also from. Her mother and father grew up down the street from one another but didn’t know each other until High School because of integration. Ironically in school Hernandez still had some of those teachers that had been there since integration.  Hernandez reflects, "I think this pushed me away from being interested in what was being taught in school and more towards the art education my family brought to me from inside of prison walls.  Some of the first things I drew were naked women and low riders and at age 11, I decided to take my art seriously.  When I took art classes, my teachers told me what I did was not real art.  Even at the college level, where I thought the teachers would have a progressive approach towards art, I was told my California prison tattoo line drawings would never be taken seriously." Now, many years later Hernandez' “not real art”, has become a vital voice in the art movement known as, Low Brow. 

Elle Seven doing what she loves!

Elle Seven doing what she loves!

Hernandez is now living, working and skating in Mississippi, and is currently creating imagery of various 'skating saints' that will become a series and also be exhibited as a solo show. I am honored to share the story of this truly amazing human being and am really looking forward to learning more about this incredible woman, skater, activist and artist!

Follow the work and skating of Elle Seven HERE!