Renata Fernandez

Renata Fernandez

London, United Kingdom

About Renata Fernandez

"I was was born in Caracas, Venezuela. My country is a surreal place that rides on top of giraffe. Just imagine the impossibility of controlling such anatomy. Yet the idea of riding a giraffe can be fascinating, even an exciting project. I must admit such prospect has its charms.

Nowadays Venezuela is under the control of a NARCO REGIME, and such event is not recent . This has been on the making for the last 18 years. This regime has dangerous and proven links not only with the global dealing of narcotics but also with global terrorism.

Could one make poetry out of the horror of witnessing (through the eyes of friends and relatives via social media) the daily destruction of the place I used to called home?

When looking back at my most recent work, i.e. Deck Chairs Series, ATC drawings in charcoal and pencil, Midnight and Intimate nature Drawings, sometimes I think that a certain melancholy is driving me, that by standing before the impossibility of ever coming back to my country I intend to register the otherworldliness that inhabits my imagination.

As an artist I am very methodological, rational in my approach to subject-matter and technique. I am quite organised, almost zen-like in the sense that I tend to work even formats to a certain degree of exhaustion, knowing that such approach of hard work and persistence - at least at this time in my life - could lead to a revelation of sorts . Yet I also know that distilled emotion seeps through. My work does transmit that undefined sense of something that lurks beneath that can be quite moving".

Fernandez studied Fine Art in the Armando Reveron University Institute (now named UNEARTE), and Social Sciencies, Media and Drama in Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, both in Caracas.
Fernandez established her practice in London in 2003.

Most recently Fernandez showed her work at Maddox Arts in Mayfair as part of the group show HER NATURE (June September 2017). The artist had a solo exhibition in the Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela (2013-14), titled TROPICO CAMUFLADO. She shows her work constantly in London, as well as in France, Belgium and Spain. Her work is in several private collections in Venezuela, Taiwan, Spain, USA, UK, France, Germany and Belgium.


Education

Degree in Fine Arts. Instituto Universitario de Estudios Superiores de Artes Plásticas Armando Reverón. (IUESAPAR) Caracas, Venezuela. [1991-1996]
Degree in Social Sciences and in Media Studies. Universidad Católica Adrés Bello (UCAB). Caracas, Venezuela. [1988-1993]
Drama, Set Design.AGO Teatro. Caracas, Venezuela. [1988-1995]

Exhibitions

2020
Sky Landscape Artist of the Year (!)
2017
HER NATURE Maddox Arts Mayfair, London. June-September
ART MARBELLA with maddox Arts mayfair. August
AFF Battersea with Rebecca Hossack Gallery
2016-17]Carnwarth Road Hoarding Commission (Hammersmith). TIDEWAY BAZALGUETTE TUNNEL LTD

2016
Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2016, shortlisted heat 2
Lynn Painters Stainers Prize touring exhibition at Guildford House Gallery from 25 June – 17 July
Open Painting 2016. Oriel Davies Gallery. The park, Newtown. Powys. April - June 201
2015
23-24 October 10 - 6 pm Artist in Residence at Upper Gulbenkian Gallery, RCA, London. NOA15. Until the end of the show, November 1st.