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Opening reception with the artist, Friday, June 10, 5-7PM
Gerald Peters Contemporary Santa Fe is pleased to present new paintings by Fernando Andrade.
Andrade’s previous series of reflective imagery depicted objects, structures, and people that comprised the fabric of his life. His current exhibition Homemade Cakes and Piñatas continues his sensitive storytelling but reveals a lighter, more celebratory tone. Sampling subjects from his family photographs and home videos, Andrade reiterates them into painterly, color-saturated scenes. Completed on Styrofoam plates, Andrade repurposes the otherwise disposal object into a keepsake both reflective and indicative of the events he depicts.
“Painting portraits and scenes of friends and family gatherings, I show a glimpse of my cross-cultural background and our stories. I seek to capture the essence of Latinx fiestas – the traditions, the color, the people, and the spirit.”
Born in Acuña, Mexico and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Fernando Andrade’s imagery captures the emotional complexity of the immigrant experience. His narrative works emphasizes humanity, isolation, loss, and celebration.
Andrade graduated from San Antonio College in 2008 and has received numerous honors including Fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and most recently, the International Artist Residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. His work is in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Argo Group and numerous private collections.