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Fernando Villena

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Birthplace
Bilbao

Birth year
1974

Website

Schools
SVA (School of Visual Arts New York), 2002
Universidad del Pais Vasco

Representing galleries
Windsor Kulturgintza

Tags
abstract, digital, photography, mixed-media

Statement

The development of my artistic process has always been linked to my being and creating in the moment.

Throughout my life, I have lived alternatively in the city and in the countryside; those experiences have profoundly shaped my creative process. By way of contrasting and complementing between these two disparate influences through my art, I share the fruits of my searching and experimentation.

Experiencing nature and its interrelationship with the human being is my starting point, and yet a visual re-creation is not sought but a synthesis of these organic primary shapes, still present in the nature is my goal.I push to bring these shapes back to our present architectural and technological environment.

My work is based on the search and comprehension of different spatial organic planes pulled from daily realities into its ultimate transformation into a pictorial abstract and photographic reality, which agglutinates its essence.

Using computer manipulated photographic images the canvas becomes a meeting place for these different planes of pictorial reality.

I use the camera to pull / draw in and out of focus elements of the environment to: turn figures into objects that lack individual importance, to change the background landscape to become the main protagonist in the
frontal plane and to ultimately change it´s meaning. Objects of great size become tiny, and microscopic spaces will be increased as if we were observing them through a great lens.

A large part of the work arises from the photographs I’ve taken in Arizona, California, New York, Nevada, Puerto Rico, Utah, France, Norway, and Spain. These are studies of the light I observed on the present bodies within their space and moving through them, while on the rest, I used the computer to manipulate the photos in order to obtain my intended results.

Definitely it is my questioning of current reality, and my quest for an alternative definition of reality, both pictorially, photographic, abstract and organic, and through the de-contextualization of our present reality that defines my artwork.

EDUCATION (selection):

 

2002 Summer Studio Residency Program. School of Visual Arts, New York.

          Exploring multimedia. School of Visual Arts, New York.

          Painting workshop. School of Visual Arts, New York.

2001 Graduated in Fine arts by the University of the Basque Country - E.H.U.

 

WORKSHOPS (selection):

 

2011 Expanded silk-screen printing: from paper to silk-screen printing. Bilbao Arte.

          Director: Pilar Valdivieso.

          Guest Master: Christian Walter.

2009 Imanol Marrodán. Bilbao Arte Foundation.

2008 Fernando Castro Florez. Bilbao Arte Foundation.

2007 Andoni Euba. Bilbao Arte Foundation.

          Bruce Mclean. Bilbao Arte Foundation.

2005 Soledad Sevilla. Bilbao Arte Foundation.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selection):

 

2011 Central Utah Art Center, Utah, USA.

2010 Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery, Bilbao.

2009 Ysabel Pinyol Gallery. Barcelona.

2008 Museum of San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

          “Pabellón de Mixtos”, La Citadelle, Pamplona.

2007 Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery, Bilbao.

2005 Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery, Bilbao.

2002 Exhibition at the Gallery of the Provincial Delegation of Education and Culture of Albacete.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection):

 

2011 Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery, Bilbao.

          Open Studios, Bilbao Arte Foundation.

2010 XII Biennal of Visual Arts “Ciudad de Pamplona”.

2009 “ The Hispanic Heritage” International Immigrants Foundation. Nueva York.

           San Pedro Museum, Puebla, México.

           Arco 2009, Madrid Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery.

2008 “Hermosas Miniaturas” ARWI Foundation, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

         XI Biennal of Visual Arts “Ciudad de Pamplona”.

         “Bilbao pasarela del Mundo” Museum of Sacred Art Bilbao.

         Arco 2008. Madrid. Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery.

2007 Open Studios, Bilbao Arte Foundation.

          "Referencias" Monastery of Veruela, Vera de Moncayo, Zaragoza.

          Arco 2007, Madrid. Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery.

          International Art Meeting and Exhibition, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

2006 "Color, line and form". Gallery 31 North, Glen Gardner, New Jersey.

          Ertibil 2006. Sala Rekalde, Bilbao.

          Summer Invitational. Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York.

          Arco 2006, Madrid. Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery.

2005 Arco 2005, Madrid. Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery.

2004 Group exhibition, Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery, Bilbao.

2003 Bike Art 2003, Courthouse Gallery, Anthology Film File, New York.

2002 Open Studio Summer Residency Program, Visual School of Arts, New York.

2000 "Entreplantas, Arte en niveles" Andalusian Institute of the Youth, Malaga.

 

AWARDS (selection):

 

2011 Artist in residence. Birch Creek Residency, Utah, USA.

          Artist in residence. Bilbao Arte Foundation.

2010 Visual Arts Grant. County Council of Bizkaia.

          Selected XII Biennal of Visual Arts "Ciudad de Pamplona".  La Citadelle, Pamplona

2009 Visual Arts Grant. County Council of Bizkaia.

2008 Visual Arts Grant. County Council of Bizkaia.

          Scholarship of help to the International mobility of artists and scientists. Spanish state department of foreign matters and cooperation.

         Selected XI Biennal of Visual Arts "Ciudad de Pamplona". , La Citadelle, Pamplona.

2007 Artist in Residence. Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway.

          Artist in Residence. Foundation Bilbao Arte.

2006 Selected Ertibil 2006, County Council of Bizkaia.

 

COLLECTIONS:

 

County Council of Bizkaia.

Coca - Cola Foundation, Spain.

Bilbao Arte Foundation.

Diverse private collections.

Recent Exhibits

Fernando Villena participated in these exhibits:

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