Fernando Velazquez
Artist/
Painter

Fernando Velazquez

Painter

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Fernando Velazquez Fernando Velazquez was born in Seville, Spain in 1966. After spending a year in California, he settled in London in 1999 and finally in rural Dorset where he lives and works. Largely self-taught, Fernando has worked for many years in his studio, producing a highly original body of work represented in his series “Paintings of the Floating World”, “Through the Veil” and recently “Cave Paintings of our Time” Since moving to Dorset, Fernando has had a succession of solo exhibitions in London, New York and Madrid and has been represented in a large number of mixed exhibitions. Fernando has also been involved in many art projects and commissions, including collaborations with ICE “The International Contemporary Ensemble” in New York, The Ormeley Dinner, The Ecology Trust and The Aspinall Foundation and “Tusk modern Art Auction” at the Bafta’s in London. Simon Groom writes: 'Velazquez's paintings are not slick one-trick wonders aiming for an immediacy of impact, happy simply to gratify the senses, nor they seem to belong immediately to any particular school or grouping, he is doing something more difficult and substantial: rather than succumb to the vagaries of contemporary taste, he has chosen to engage with the rich tradition of painting to forge his own, highly individual style. It is the mark of a mature artist that each work, though different one from the other, should still be recognisably by the same hand, as though imprinted with the painter's own spirit'. Velazquez's art has intrigued his audience for many years, challenging the viewers to confront his personal vision of today's world whilst offering an art that transcends time and space. In his own words 'my art is a reflection of the forgotten and invisible world around us, a world that I see as a mysterious place, where painting reveals the true nature of human kind'. For the last 20 years, Fernando Velazquez has shown a unique universe of images born from light and dramatic passages of dark fields, offering an art of extreme emotions, a journey towards understanding the power of communicating through painting, 'I believe that art is capable of influencing change whilst creating new life'. "},{"title":"ADDITIONAL INFO","description":" Fernando Velazquez Seville 1966 SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 “The Big Picture” Vancouver, Canada. “Aeon” M.A.D.S. MILANO, Milan. 2018 “Flux” Chelsea College of Arts, London “Flux Exhibition” Greenwich Peninsular Art Placement, London 2017 “Secret Auction” Royal West of England Academy, Bristol “Summer Show” Atkinson Gallery, Street, UK “Consciousness” Anima Mundi International Arts Festival, Venice, Italy “Gallery Artists” Bowridge Gallery, Dorset UK “United” Gologorski Gallery, Krakow, Poland “Alchemy Body - Fire, Air, Earth. Water Jorge Jurado Gallery, Bogota, Colombia “National Youth Arts Trust Auction” Rise Art, London 2016 “Interrogating Materials” Durlston, Dorset Visual Arts. “Art in Hospitals” Dorset Visual Arts, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester “Bowridge Gallery” Dorset “164 Annual Art Exhibition” Royal West Academy, Bristol 2015 “Layers and Light” Rise Art, London. 2014 “Royal West Art Academy 162nd Exhibition 2014” Royal West Academy of Arts. Bristol. “Pop Up Dorset” Jacksons Gallery, Portland. “Evolver Prize 2014”, Atkinson Gallery, Street, UK “The Tribe Prize 2014”, Edgar Modern, Bath, UK 2013 “Dorchester Open 2013” Dorchester Arts Centre. “Marshwood Arts Awards 2013” Bridport Arts centre. Dorset. “Royal West Art Academy 161th Exhibition 2013” Royal West Academy of Arts. Bristol. 2012 New paintings, Hilfield Manor Gallery Pop Up Dorset Open Exhibition, Portland 2011 Contemporary Art, McMaster Tims, Jersey Un Verano para recordar Hotel Isabel de Farnesio, La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid 2010 Selected Works, The Gallery at Hilfield Manor, Dorset Salon Millesime, Madrid. Biondetta Art Gallery Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, The Air gallery, London Feria DeArte, Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid Luz y Alma a 360, Padula & Partners, Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid Summer Exhibition, Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole 2009 Causalidad-Casualidad .Galería Punto-Arte, Barcelona. Works on Paper. Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset The Ormeley Dinner, The Ecology Trust and The Aspinall Foundation, London Jamaica Street Artists, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol 2008 Harris Interiors, Gallery Artists, Poole, Dorset 2007 Margins, Sherborne House Open, Sherborne, Dorset 2006 Modern Art Fair, Study Gallery/ Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset 2005 Panel/Canvas/Paper Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art New York Harris Interiors Gallery, Gallery Artists, Poole, Dorset 2004 Floating Worlds. George Crumb/Fernando Velázquez, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre. Symphony Space. Sound/Image Event, New York (Un)Convention, Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art, New York Summer Exhibition, Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art, New York 2003 Art for Youth The Mall Galleries, London Summer Exhibition, Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art New York 2001 Abstraction, Rosenberg & Kaufman Gallery, New York Bergdoff Goodman, New York “Starting a Collection” Art First, London 2000 Art 2000, E1 Gallery, Contemporary Art Fair, London New Elemental, E1 Gallery, London, ART Paris 1999 Vital Art’99, Cowcross Street Gallery, E1 Gallery, London Art London 1999 Round Chapel Festival, Round Chapel, London 1998 New Art, Chelsea College of Art, London 1997 Let's Go Down the King’s Road, Artists in Residence Kensington & Chelsea College, London 1996 Focus National Painting Competition, Finalist, Focus Foundation, Seville, Spain 1995 New Creators, Oriel Theatre, Mold-Clyd, Wales History Institute, Lancaster. UK Lillian Palley Visual Arts, Oakland, California, USA 1994 Hotel Arts’94, Egam Gallery, Madrid; Hotel Arts, Barcelona Dark City Lights, Granados 2 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA Dada, Down Town Lives ’94, Los Angeles, USA 1992 National Contest for Painters’92, Chicarreros Gallery, Seville, Spain Young Creators, Borron Gallery, Oviedo, Spain 1992 “With another View” Universal Exhibition Expo 92 Seville. 1991 “Young Creators” Regional Assembly, Cartagena, Spain “Young Art” Babel Gallery, Murcia, Spain 1989 National Painting Competition, Almudi Centre of Art Mediterranean Savings Bank, Spain International Meeting for Young Artists, European Council, Berlin, Germany Cultural Exchange, Madrid, Spain Young Art Exhibition, School of Architecture, Murcia, Spain National Painting Competition, Mediterranean Savings Bank, Spain 1988 Regional Competition for Visual Art, Murcia, Spain National Competition for Visual Art, Valencia, Spain New Creators, San Esteban Church, Murcia, Spain SOLO EXHIBITIONS 1993 “Prints & Drawings”, Miroslav Perkovic Workshop, Mojacar, Spain 1994 “Pintura de Finales” Mestizo Art Festival, Caballerias Gallery, Murcia, Spain Pintura de Finales, Muralla Bizantina Gallery, Cartagena, Spain 1995 “Pintura del Otro” Youth Gallery, Seville, Spain 1997 “Recent Works”, Madelaine Pearson Gallery, Islington Arts Factory, London 1999 “Taking Shape”, Woodlands Gallery, London 2000 “Night Paintings”, E1 Gallery, London 2003 “Paintings of the Floating World” Rosenberg & Kaufman Gallery, New York 2008 “Fernando Velázquez” Oliver Holt Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset “Paintings of the Floating World” Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset “Cuevas” McMaster Tims Contemporary Art, London 2010 “Timeless” Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid 2011 \"Through the Veil\" Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset \"Waterfields\" Hilfield Manor Gallery, Sherborne 2014 “Cave Paintings of our Time” Dorchester Arts Centre 2017 Bowridge Gallery Dorset, UK 2018 “Animas” The Bowridge Gallery Dorset, UK PRIZES AND AWARDS Artzine 2018 Winner Dorchester Open 2013 Exhibition Prize Evolver Prize 2014, Atkinson Gallery, Street Finalist The Tribe Prize 2014, Edgar Modern, Bath Finalist Marshwood Vale Art Awards 2014 Focus National Painting Competition, Seville 1996. Finalist. BIBLIOGRAPHY Madeleine Pearson Gallery, Islington Arts Factory Exhibitions, Denzil Forrester, London 1997 New Elemental Aesthetic, E1 Gallery, Ivan Tennant, London 2000 Night paintings, Essay by Simon Groom, London, 2000 Altered Images, The Sunday Times Magazine, Ria Higgins, 2000 The Dictionary of Art in Britain since 1945, David Buckman, 2001-2011 Fernando Velázquez, Rosenberg and Kaufman Gallery, New York , Samuel Lloyd Thomas, 2003 Sound/Image, Rosenberg and Kaufman Gallery, New York. Essay by Nikki Cesare, 2003 Putting you in the picture, Dorset Echo, 2003 Floating Worlds, George Crumb/Fernando Velázquez, New York Times, Jeremy Eichler, 2004 Art on Demand, Art and Antiques in America, Margaret Littman, 2004 Fernando Velázquez, Oliver Holt Gallery, Sherborne. Andrew Stooke, 2008 The Sherborne Review, 2008 Mind Fields, Dorset Magazine, Stephen Swanns, 2010 Light and Soul at 360 degrees. Carmen Mendez, Expansion, Madrid 2010 Evolver Magazine. Exhibit A 2011 Tusk Modern Art Auction, Bafta. The Telegraph, Anoosh Chakelian 2011 “Katherine Locke talks to Fernando Velazquez” Marshwood Vale Magazine. May 2014 “Fernando Velazquez” Interview with Fiona Robinson, Evolver Magazine. May 2014 “Fernando Velazquez on the Spotlight” Rise Art Feature, 2015 “Studio Talks with Fernando Velazquez” FineArtSeen, 2016 “Talullah Magazine” Interview by Daniel Dunt. May 2016 Home & Design. The Telegraph Saturday magazine, October 2016 “50 Internantional Artists to watch in 2017” Talullah Magazine, December 2016 Luca Curcci talks to Fernando Velazquez. Interview. Its Liquid, Venice 2017 Visions. The Flux Exhibition. Flux Magazine, London 2018 Interview with Fernando Velazquez. Singulart Magazine 2018 COLLECTIONS Hotel Arts Contemporary Art Collection, Barcelona Universal Records, London Stephen Rosenberg, New York Solterra, Burgos, Spain Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid Editorial La Muralla, Madrid Punto Art Gallery, Barcelona The Dragon Gallery, Sussex, UK PROJECTS AND COMMISSIONS 1989 European Council International Art Workshop, Carmiano, Italy Working on paintings, stage design, sculpture and collaborative creations with young artists from Italy, Germany, France and Spain. International Meeting of Young Artists, Berlin Projects uniting music and painting International Conference for Young Artists, Strasbourg Meeting of young artists and writers for the creation of a new Arts Magazine 1990 International Creative Workshop, Caceres, Spain Meeting of international artists working together on new projects culminating in a theatre performance 1990-1991 Director and producer of two Art radio programmes Radio 5, Murcia, Spain 1989-1990-1991 Director of the Arts section “Mouth to Mouth” Magazine, Ministry of Education, Murcia, Spain Promoting young artists, writing articles and interviews 1993 “About Art” Workshop and seminar with artist Anton Lamazares for the “Mestizo Festival” Spain “Creation in the 90’s” Lecturer in a series of conferences regarding Contemporary Art, Oviedo, Spain 1995 Regional Workshop for Painters & Writers, Ministry of Education, Spain Director of a workshop with actors, writers and photographers for the creation of a multimedia project. “Tiro al Blanco” Director of a happening performance, sponsored by the Spanish Government Involving well-known artists and politicians in a project for the promotion of art within the community. “Copy Art” Workshop working with photocopier machines with the theme of repetition and innovation “Dark City Lights” Project with American artists for the production of a fluorescent art exhibition in Los Angeles, California 1996 “Mirada Infinita” A workshop for the International Arts Festival “Sibila”, Seville, Spain Assistant of artist Nacho Criado for the production of an installation for the Sibila Gallery “Maps without Frontiers” Andalucian Centre for Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain A workshop with the art critic Fernando Castro and artist Carlos Capelan for the study of Art Theory and professional practice 1997 “Diapason” Collaboration with Oboist Ellen Marsden, London 1999 “Eating Art” Project organised by E1 Gallery, London Involving chefs and artists 2004 Floating Worlds, Commission of a large format painting by Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art. Stage design at the Thalia Nimoy Theatre, New York Celebrating the 80th birthday of American composer George Crumb. Collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble ICE (Chicago) for a live performance at Symphony Space, New York. 2011 “Bueliau” Commission of a large painting on glass as part of an architectural project in the New Forest, Dorset, UK 2015 Commission of two large paintings for the Solterra Art collection, Madrid "}]

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