Fernando Velazquez was born in Seville in 1966. He began his formation as an artist in the late 1980’s. After spending a year in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Fernando moved to London in 1996 where he worked in his studio in Hackney until 2000, later moving to Dorset where he currently lives and works.
Fernando has developed a remarkable personal language, evident in his series “Paintings of the Floating World”, “Through the Veil” and recently “Cave Paintings of our Time”.
He has exhibited individually in London, New York and Madrid and has participated in many collective exhibitions throughout Europe and America, in addition to his presence at numerous international art fairs. He has also collaborated in a number of prestigious events such as “The Ormeley Dinner, The Ecology Trust, The Aspinall Foundation and ‘Tusk Modern Art Auction’ in London.
Fernando has received a number of commissions from private and public collections, including the Rosenberg & Kaufman Gallery in New York, for which he produced a monumental piece in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the birth of the iconic American composer, George Crumb, a collaboration with ICE ( The International Contemporary Ensemble) at Symphony Space in Manhattan. His work is part of many art collections including Universal Records, London, Paribas Real Estate, London and Hotel Arts in Barcelona.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Start Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London
AAF Art Fair Battersea, London
Summer Show, The Dragon Gallery, Petworth, UK
Goodwood Racecource, West Sussex Art Fair, The Dragon Gallery, Petworth, UK
Chelsea College of Arts, London
“Flux Exhibition” Greenwich Peninsular Art Placement, London
“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
“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
“Layers and Light” Rise Art, London.
“Prints & Drawings”, Miroslav Perkovic Workshop, Mojacar, Spain
“Pintura de Finales” Mestizo Art Festival, Caballerias Gallery, Murcia, Spain Pintura de Finales, Muralla Bizantina Gallery, Cartagena, Spain
“Pintura del Otro” Youth Gallery, Seville, Spain
“Recent Works”, Madelaine Pearson Gallery, Islington Arts Factory, London
“Taking Shape”, Woodlands Gallery, London
“Night Paintings”, E1 Gallery, London
“Paintings of the Floating World” Rosenberg & Kaufman Gallery, New York
“Fernando Velázquez” Oliver Holt Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
“Paintings of the Floating World” Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset
“Cuevas” McMaster Tims Contemporary Art, London
Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid
"Through the Veil"
Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset
Hilfield Manor Gallery, Sherborne
“Cave Paintings of our Time”
Dorchester Arts Centre
The Bowridge Gallery
Velazquez's work has been described as a "new classical art", He has developed a highly personal language where abstraction is used to give form to his vision through light and a traditional approach to space.
In a recent interview Velazquez writes:
"Rembrandt makes me reflect in silence, Bacon shouts from chaos, Turner talks to me about light, Munch, Ensor and Nolde make the ground around me shake. as Modigliani and Soutine stir my emotions. I learn from the order of the Italian Renaissance and the excitement of French romanticism, whist the silence of Rothko and Friedrich makes me listen to the sounds of other worlds...