CINDY PODGORSKI HERNANDEZ

CINDY PODGORSKI HERNANDEZ

 This multi-lingual artist, entrepreneur and nutritionist has always followed her own spirit

Cindy Podgorski Hernandez is equal part artist, entrepreneur and nutritionist and she’s been that way for as long as she remembers. 

Cindy has always felt a certain connection to legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo—just like Kahlo, Cindy’s father is German and her mother Mexican, and both Frida and Cindy had life-changing experiences which paved the way to their artistic endeavors. In the case of Kahlo, it was a near-death accident when she was fifteen-years old. In the case of sixteen-year old Cindy, it was the already ambidextrous youth waking up one morning and finding she was suddenly able to write backwards. But more on that later… 

Cindy was born in Warren, Michigan in 1975 to successful inventor/father (Kurt) and housewife/mother (Eva).  

“We took road trips, each year to Acapulco to visit my mother’s family. We’d pass through Cuernavaca and I guess my dad fell in love with a choice piece of property. And despite the fact that my mother had family in Acapulco and that there was a strong German presence in Puebla, we moved to Cuernavaca when I was six-years-old.” 

Cindy did not adapt easily to her new surroundings. 

“I refused to speak Spanish, despite being capable. It was al

together too hot and I fought with the boys daily—I held my own!” 

After a series of meetings with her parents and school administrators and more significantly, with the start of construction on the main house and her father’s work space, Cindy gave into the inevitable. 

“I loved hanging out in my father’s shop while he created his models and inventions. I would sit aside, drawing Popeye and Miss Piggy and painting away. My parents were very encouraging.” 

I was stricken with a host of allergies and severe asthma attacks. And so I began studying up on alternative and organic remedies. I eventually cured myself with a 10-day raw, Vegan diet.

Cindy’s business acumen kicked in at an early age as well.  

“I used to clip pictures of cool cars from my father’s automobile magazines and sell them to the boys in school. And I’d also sell lemons and avocados from our garden to the merchants at the market who would then re-sell them to the townsfolk.” 

In Mexico, the tradition for a girl turning fifteen is to be feted with a glorious quinceañera celebration but Cindy had other ideas. 

“I told my parents that instead of the quinceañera party, I preferred to spend a year of high school in the United States. They agreed! 

“I wound up at Cambridge Latin High School in Boston. Through an organization which handled the relocation, I was settled in with a nice, local family. Boston is where my passion for art really took off. Finally, I had formal training. I recall two hours of classes in the morning and then after my classes I’d go back and continue working until they finally had to kick me out at the end of each day.” 

After the year had ended Cindy returned to the family home in Mexico. Bored with the school system there, she enrolled in “Quick-School” which allowed her to condense three-years into six-intensive months of studies. 

“I was restless. I’d been to Boston and wanted more. I recall my father always telling me that in Germany it was expected that children move out of the family home at eighteen. I told him I’d do it at sixteen and that’s exactly what happened.” 

Cindy moved in with family in Bavaria and took on the task of learning German—she caught on quick. Soon Cindy was enrolled at Hotelachschule Bad Worishofen where she studied hotel management. 

“College in Germany is different than here in the States. There, they endow students, you don’t pay for studies and you are provided a place to live as well as a per diem 

“After completing the three-year program I got work as a front desk manager at a host of hotels. During this period I continued to paint and in fact began my ‘Messenger’ series. 

Cindy’s interest in health and nutrition came from necessity while in Germany. 

“I was stricken with a host of allergies and severe asthma attacks. And so I began studying up on alternative and organic remedies. I eventually cured myself with a 10-day raw, Vegan diet.” 

She’s been a dedicated practitioner and aficionado ever since. 

{Writers Note: Cindy is a Certified Detoxification Specialist as well as a Certified Reiki Master. Her Facebook Group “One Healthy Bite” boasts over six-thousand followers. It should also be noted that it was during this period in Germany that the ambidextrous lass woke up one morning with the ability to write backwards}. 

Cindy remained in Germany for eight-years (returning annually to visit her Uncle Edmund in Miami and her parents in Cuernavaca). 

Eventually, she decided to make the move to Miami and was quickly hired for a front desk job at the Colonnade Hotel in Coral Gables.  

“I was being groomed to move up the corporate ladder but I bored quickly—I suppose I was enchanted by the SoFlo lifestyle.” 

And so she left the hospitality business in 2002 after making a connection in the rapidly booming world of cyber-space. With her monies, she invested… 

“I bought my first property in 2004. This allowed me the space to hurl myself in artistic boheme.” 

Her first sale was something of a Candid Camera moment. Cindy had locked herself out of her house and had to call a locksmith. Floored by the works on the walls, he returned the following day (with his wife and son) and purchased three paintings. 

Since then Cindy’s real-estate endeavors have grown, her art (which has been showcased in galleries and exhibition spaces throughout South Florida) is awash in talismans and charms—roses, clovers, Sigils—and they scream of both inner bliss and hand-wringing angst.   

Today Cindy, the artist (and still very much the entrepreneur/nutritionist) is dipping her toes into the current phenomena of Crypto Currency (i.e. Bitcoin). 

 

Latinarrific Salutes Cindy Podgorski Hernandez. 

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Kent Wallace
Senior Correspondent at Latinarrific
Kent Wallace has worked in the mainstream media for over 30 years. He has been a journalist, publisher, performer, art critic and marketing strategist. He has written for such magazines as Esquire, Source, Ear, ArtSpeak and Notorious (to name a few).

Wallace was a contributing writer for “High on Rebellion: Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City,” he co-authored and authored several published books.

Wallace has hosted radio shows on ESPN (Reno) and KPLY (Reno). Wallace has appeared on Montel, The Tyra Banks Show, The John Walsh Show and the Rikki Lake show. Wallace also served as a consultant on an HBO’s hit series.
Kent Wallace
Senior Correspondent
Kent Wallace has worked in the mainstream media for over 30 years. He has been a journalist, publisher, performer, art critic and marketing strategist. He has written for such magazines as Esquire, Source, Ear, ArtSpeak and Notorious (to name a few). Wallace was a contributing writer for “High on Rebellion: Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City,” he co-authored and authored several published books. Wallace has hosted radio shows on ESPN (Reno) and KPLY (Reno). Wallace has appeared on Montel, The Tyra Banks Show, The John Walsh Show and the Rikki Lake show. Wallace also served as a consultant on an HBO’s hit series.

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