Biography

He was born in Mexico City in 1969, studied Visual Arts at the Universidad Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) and specialized in metal engraving at the School of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy. He has won numerous awards and mentions: The UNESCO-Aschberg Artistic Residence selected him to reside in Senegal during 1995. He obtained the FONCA Young Creators scholarship in 1995, 1998 and 2001. He was awarded by the Government’s artistic excellence scholarship from France in 2002, when he lived in Paris, at the Cité Internationale des Arts. Member of the National System of Creators of the National Fund for the Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in 2007, 2012 and 2016. He has made numerous exhibitions in Mexico and individual exhibitions in Senegal, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, England, Vietnam, Thailand and Germany.

 

In 2007, he collaborated in the creation of the first metal engraving workshops in Laos. He was co-founder of the artist’s collective Tequio, La buena impresión (2011), conformed by Francisco Castro Leñero, Doctor Lakra, Iraís Esparza, Lydia Parusol, Nicolás Guzmán, Carla Rippey, Daniel Barraza, Franco Aceves, Javier Areán, Saúl Villa, Carlos Pez, Daniel Flores, Jonatan Velázquez, Maribel González and Francesco Siqueiros, who donated the engraving press and the material to the founding of the Char-RUFA printing workshop of the Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, the first engraving workshop in the History of the Kingdom of Cambodia, where lithography and fresco techniques were reinserted, lost due to the genocide and the civil wars that devastated the country between 1975 and 1994. In 2013, he coordinated the installation of the engraving workshop of the Toot Yung Cultural Center in Bangkok, Thailand. He also promotes the creation of global exchange networks between private workshops and educational institutions in the graphic arts area.

Fernando lives, works and teaches in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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