Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fernando Reyes, Jingletown Artist

Fernando Reyes began his art career as a self-taught artist.
However, after he spent 17 years in banking in San Francisco,
he decided to seek formal art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
He has lived in Oakland for the past eight years and his studio is at the Ford Street Studios in the Jingletown neighborhood of Oakland.Fernando has produced a large and diverse portfolio of artwork. His work is primarily representational and includes oil paintings, charcoal/conte drawings, and printmaking. His primary interest is in depicting the human figure. To me, he captures the "presence" of the figure; not only the weight and volume of the body, but the personality of the model as well. And with his paintings and prints - as with the Japanese erotic art I wrote about in a previous post - the viewer has to become involved with the work, unravelling the lines and colors to actually see the figures and movement of each piece. This is not art that just sits on the wall matching the decor!These works have captured the attention of collectors throughout the region, nationally and internationally.

Over the last decade Fernando has had several solo exhibitions and has been in many group exhibitions featuring his figure drawings and/or print works.

Fernando is one of many Jingletown artists who will be opening their studios as part of the East Bay Open Studios, June 7, 8, 14, 15, 2008.To see more of his work, visit his website Fernando Reyes
For more about Jingletown and it's artists visit this website Jingletown
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1 comment:

Stacy Alexander said...

Nice piece on Fernando, Kim.