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Adrián Fernández studied visual arts at the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) and later at the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. He currently works as an independent artist and as a professor on Documentary Photography in Havana for New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Office of Special Program Abroad.
Early in his art career, despite of specializing in sculpture, he began to practice with photography, becoming later his main expressive media. His work has developed from the use of black and white with documentary perspective, evolving in later years towards studio photography and the use of digital media as well as color photography. His work is organized in groups of series that sometimes interconnect and complement each other. This happens because Adrian builds on the basis of similar concerns and interests that develop producing a volume of cohesive and consistent work.
One of his main motivations, and which is evident as the fundamental engine of a large number of series, is the impact of the material culture on the contemporary man. For Fernández, the objects of everyday life function as symbols representing ideologies, in which falls the subject’s capacity to differentiate and legitimize himself. In the interest of representing the immediate object’s universe as a symbol of culture, the series “Life Style”, “Portrait” and “To be or to pretend” stand out. In these, the personal space of the individual penetrates through the representation of his home and the objects that belong to him and thus generates a dialogue with the culture, whether inherited or assimilated, that models the identity of the human being in each context.
Within the framework of material culture he has also resorted to working with universes that, although they do not exist in the intimacy of the subject, are created to reinforce the construction of collective identities. In this line of works he has generated the groups “Epilogue”, “Requiem” and, more recently, “Pending Memories”.
With this last series, the artist expands his creative process and links black and white documentary photography with digitally generated material. To this end, he expands his work team, which has allowed him to incorporate elements of architecture and engineering in order to achieve greater plausibility in the result.
Parallel to this recent photographic series, he has developed in the last year a set of sculptures and installations of small and large scale that participates of the same creative spirit of “Pending Memories”
Adrián Fernandez has exhibited in several group and solo shows in Cuba, United States, Mexico, France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. His work is included in important private and public collections such as the Madeleine and Harvey Plonsker collection. Chicago, IL. USA, Lucy and Dick Glasebrook Collection Greenwich, CT, USA, Berezdivin Collection, Puerto Rico, Seavest Collection NY. US, Mitchell and Susie Rice Collection, Tampa FL. USA, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. USA, Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba, 21C Museum Hotels Collection, Robert Funcke, Frankfurt, Germany, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon.