Renata Fernandez. b. 1971, Venezuela. Based in London since 2003.
Issues about immigration, notions of territory, identity and displacement inspire and preoccupy Fernandez, as she seeks to emphasise the sociopolitical embedded in found imagery. A reconstructed memory seems to emerge from both her bi-dimensional and tridimensional work (installations and sculptures). Disciplines and techniques intermingle and feed each other in her studio. Her multidisciplinary practice goes from large formats or very intimate bi-dimensional and sculptural works such as installations and immersive pieces that incorporate drawing, painting, set design and sculpture. She parts from a combination appropriated social media posts' found imagery and her own photographs taken with her phone camera, while her old older works continue to inspire new pathways and series. Her background in journalism, social sciences and theatre set design inform her practice such as how she sources and uses found imagery and information, the way she establishes connections between them and how she uses materials, builds and present her works.
She is very invested in hand-intensive processes and is drawn to emphasise the inherent materiality of her works, in a continuous material exploration and experimentation, as she is always looking to develop their sculptural possibilities
Fernandez studied Fine Art -painting and sculpture- in the Armando Reveron University Institute (now called UNEARTE), Social Sciences, Media and Drama-Set Design in Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, all in Caracas. Venezuela.
2022, recent shows :
*CARTOGRAPHY OF CARE, SPILT MILK GALLERY, October 2022, Edinburg;
*ATLAS INCONCLUSO, at ABRA CARACAS, Caracas, Venezuela. 3 stages group shows reflecting upon the Venezuelan landscape, from inside and outside the country, as seen from the fertile cracks of the migration 2022;
*Until November, new wood carvings in TWO DOORS, Tart Gallery second London show, in association with House of St Barnabas, Soho, London.
*CASA X EXHIBITION, a group show of 7 Latinx identifying artists regarding the notions of home, as an outsider and an immigrant, the curatorial project of the BA curatorial studies alumni from Central St Martins.
*WEARY HAROLD, ASC Gallery London, group show.
*Renata is the first artist in residency at Latin American House (Latin Art Lab), London.
In 2021 Renata recently showed at 'First Batch of Tarts", Tart Gallery London / Royal Scottish Academy Summer Exhibition, Women’s Lockdown Art Exhibition, Zabludowicz Collection, London. AMALGAMA in its first edition in 2019. Showed in Maddox Arts in Mayfair as part of HER NATURE (2017) among other exhibitions there. Her latest solo show was TROPICO CAMUFLADO in the Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas (2013-14). Her work is in several private collections worldwide
Renata Is an independent artist collaborating on projects with galleries and curators in Venezuela, UK - and the rest of Europe- and Singapore.