Renata Fernandez. b. 1971, Venezuela. Based in London since 2003.
Renata is a multidisciplinary artist whose artistic expressions are large format drawing, paintings, installations, immersive pieces - drawing, painting and sculpture and digital works.
All her most recent work in painting, drawing, sculpture and installation derive from reflections on camouflage dating back to 2003 with the Iraq invasion. This opened in her a profound need to explore the genre of landscape as an otherworldly setting constructed with what seem elusive fragments of memories.
Renata uses elements of landscape as signifiers while knocking at the door of the collective subconscious. Renata's landscapes are set usually in settings with a static narrative, devoid of people, all while Renata searches for a ”Menacing Beauty”: as attractive as uneasy, mesmerising as it is broody that lets us believe there is something intangible behind the foliage that could be distinctly unfriendly.
Renata uses painting as the starting point for many other artistic expressions. She is very invested in hand-intensive process and with her interaction with materials. Renata is drawn to emphasise the inherent materiality of her work, as she is always looking to develop the sculptural possibilities of her art.
Fernandez studied in Caracas Fine Art in the Armando Reveron University Institute (UNEARTE), and Social Sciences, Media and Drama in Universidad Catolica Andres Bello.
In 2021 Renata recently showed at 'First Batch of Tarts", Tart Gallery London / Royal Scottish Academy Summer Exhibition. She showed at Women’s Lockdown Art Exhibition, Zabludowicz Collection, London. With BOS Gallery, Dublin in several group shows during the first lockdown. Was selected for AMALGAMA in its first edition in 2019. Showed in Maddox Arts in Mayfair as part of HER NATURE (2017) among other exhibitions there. Fernandez was selected for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2016 and 2018, Mall Galleries. Her latest solo show was TROPICO CAMUFLADO in the Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas (2013-14). Her work is in several private collections worldwide.
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