Approved: 19.08.2011

Fernando Velazquez


Approved: 19.08.2011

Fernando Velazquez is a Spanish artist based in Dorset. Velazquez's art has intrigued his audience for many years, challenging the viewers to confront his personal vision of today's world whilst offering an art that transcends time and space. In his own words 'my art is a reflection of the world around us, a world that I see as a mysterious place, where painting reveals the true nature

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  • Location: Sherborne, South West
  • Artforms: Painting
  • Tags: private collection london



    Artist Statement

    Fernando Velazquez is a Spanish artist based in Dorset. Velazquez's art has intrigued his audience for many years, challenging the viewers to confront his personal vision of today's world whilst offering an art that transcends time and space. In his own words 'my art is a reflection of the world around us, a world that I see as a mysterious place, where painting reveals the true nature of human kind'. For the last 20 years, Fernando Velazquez has shown a unique universe of images born from light and dramatic passages of dark fields, offering an art of extreme emotions, a journey towards understanding the power of communicating through painting, 'I believe that art is capable of influencing change whilst creating new life'. Simon Groom writes: 'Velazquez's paintings are not slick one-trick wonders aiming for an immediacy of impact, happy simply to gratify the senses, nor they seem to belong immediately to any particular school or grouping, he is doing something more difficult and substantial: rather than succumb to the vagaries of contemporary taste, he has chosen to engage with the rich tradition of painting to forge his own, highly individual style. It is the mark of a mature artist that each work, though different one from the other, should still be recognisably by the same hand, as though imprinted with the painter's own spirit'.

    CV & Education

    Fernando Velazquez (b.1966 Seville)



    Regional Competition for Visual Art, Murcia, Spain

    National Competition for Visual Art, Valencia, Spain

    New Creators, San Esteban Church, Murcia, Spain


    National Painting Competition, Almudi Centre of Art

    Mediterranean Savings Bank, Spain

    International Meeting for Young Artists, European Council, Berlin, Germany

    Cultural Exchange, Madrid, Spain

    Young Art Exhibition, School of Architecture, Murcia, Spain

    National Painting Competition, Mediterranean Savings Bank, Spain



    Young Creators, Regional Assembly, Cartagena, Spain

    National Contest for Painters’92, Chicarreros Gallery, Seville, Spain

    Young Creators, Borron Gallery, Oviedo, Spain1992

    Young Art, Babel Gallery, Murcia, Spain

    With Another View, Universal Exhibition Expo’92, Seville, Spain



    Hotel Arts’94, Egam Gallery, Madrid; Hotel Arts, Barcelona

    Dark City Lights, Granados 2 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

    Dada, Down Town Lives ’94, Los Angeles, USA



    New Creators, Oriel Theatre, Mold-Clyd, Wales

    History Institute, Lancaster. UK

    Lillian Palley Visual Arts, Oakland, California, USA


    Focus National Painting Competition, Finalist, Focus Foundation, Seville, Spain


    Let's Go Down the King’s Road, Artists in Residence Kensington & Chelsea College, London


    New Art, Chelsea College of Art, London


    Vital Art’99, Cowcross Street Gallery, E1 Gallery, London

    Art London 1999

    Round Chapel Festival, Round Chapel, London


    Art 2000, E1 Gallery, Contemporary Art Fair, London

    New Elemental, E1 Gallery, London, ART Paris


    Abstraction, Rosenberg & Kaufman Gallery, New York

    Bergdoff Goodman, New York


    Art for Youth The Mall Galleries, London

    Summer Exhibition, Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art New York


    Floating Worlds. George Crumb/Fernando Velázquez, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre. Symphony Space. Sound/Image Event, New York

    (Un)Convention, Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art, New York

    Summer Exhibition, Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art, New York


    Panel/Canvas/Paper Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art New York

    Harris Interiors Gallery, Gallery Artists, Poole, Dorset


    Modern Art Fair, Study Gallery/ Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset


    Margins, Sherborne House Open, Sherborne, Dorset


    Harris Interiors, Gallery Artists, Poole, Dorset


    Causalidad-Casualidad .Galería Punto-Arte, Barcelona.

    Works on Paper. Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset

    The Ormeley Dinner, The Ecology Trust and The Aspinall Foundation, London

    Jamaica Street Artists, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol



    Selected Works, The Gallery at Hilfield Manor, Dorset

    Salon Millesime, Madrid. Biondetta Art Gallery

    Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, The Air gallery, London

    Feria DeArte, Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid

    Luz y Alma a 360, Padula & Partners, Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid

    Summer Exhibition, Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole


    Contemporary Art, McMaster Tims, Jersey

    Un Verano para recordar

    Hotel Isabel de Farnesio, La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid


    New paintings, Hilfield Manor Gallery

    Pop Up Dorset Open Exhibition, Portland


    Dorchester Open 2013, Dorchester Arts Centre

    Marshwood Vale Art Awards 2013, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset


    161th Art Exhibition Royal West Academy of Arts, Bristol




    Prints & Drawings, Miroslav Perkovic Workshop, Mojacar, Spain


    Pintura de Finales Mestizo Art Festival, Caballerias Gallery, Murcia, Spain Pintura de Finales, Muralla Bizantina Gallery, Cartagena, Spain


    Pintura del Otro Youth Gallery, Seville, Spain


    Recent Works, Madelaine Pearson Gallery, Islington Arts Factory, London


    Taking Shape, Woodlands Gallery, London


    Night Paintings, E1 Gallery, London


    Paintings of the Floating World Rosenberg & Kaufman Gallery, New York


    “Fernando Velázquez” Oliver Holt Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset

    “Paintings of the Floating World” Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset

    “Cuevas” McMaster Tims Contemporary Art, London


    “Timeless” Biondetta Art Gallery, Madrid


    "Through the Veil" Harris Interiors Gallery, Poole, Dorset

    "Waterfields" Hilfield Manor Gallery, Sherborne


    "Cave Paintings of our Time"  Dorchester Arts, Dorset



    Hotel Arts Contemporary Art Collection, Barcelona

    Universal Records, London

    Stephen Rosenberg, New York

    Solterra. Spain

    Editorial La Muralla. Publishing Company. Madrid

    Biondetta Art Gallery. Madrid



    Madeleine Pearson Gallery, Islington Arts Factory Exhibitions, Denzil Forrester, London 1997

    New Elemental Aesthetic, E1 Gallery, Ivan Tennant, London 2000

    Night paintings, Essay by Simon Groom, London, 2000

    Altered Images, The Sunday Times Magazine, Ria Higgins, 2000

    The Dictionary of Art in Britain since 1945, David Buckman, 2001-2011

    Fernando Velázquez, Rosenberg and Kaufman Gallery, New York , Samuel Lloyd Thomas, 2003

    Sound/Image, Rosenberg and Kaufman Gallery, New York. Essay by Nikki Cesare, 2003

    Putting you in the picture, Dorset Echo, 2003

    Floating Worlds, George Crumb/Fernando Velázquez, New York Times, Jeremy Eichler, 2004

    Art on Demand, Art and Antiques in America, Margaret Littman, 2004

    Fernando Velázquez, Oliver Holt Gallery, Sherborne. Andrew Stooke, 2008

    The Sherborne Review, 2008

    Mind Fields, Dorset Magazine, Stephen Swanns, 2010

    Light and Soul at 360 degrees. Carmen Mendez, Expansion, Madrid 2010

    Evolver Magazine. Exhibit A 2011

    Tusk Modern Art Auction, Bafta. The Telegraph, Anoosh Chakelian 2011




    European Council International Art Workshop

    Carmiano, Italy

    Working on paintings, stage design, sculpture and collective creations with young artists from Italy, Germany, France and Spain.


    International Meeting of Young Artists, Berlin

    Projects uniting music and painting


    International Conference for Young Artists, Strasbourg

    Meeting of young artists and writers for the creation of a new Arts Magazine



    International Creative Workshop, Caceres, Spain

    Meeting of international artists working together on new projects culminating in a theatre performance



    Director and producer of two Art radio programmes Radio 5, Murcia, Spain

    Promoting artists from many disciplines



    Director of the Arts section “Mouth to Mouth” Magazine, Ministry of Education, Murcia, Spain

    Promoting young artists, writing articles and interviews


    “About Art”

    Workshop and seminar with artist Anton Lamazares for the “Mestizo Festival” Spain

    “Creation in the 90’s”

    Lecturer in a series of conferences regarding contemporary art, Oviedo, Spain



    Regional Workshop for Painters & Writers, Ministry of Education, Spain

    Director of a workshop collaboration with actors, writers and photographers for the creation of a multimedia project

    “Tiro al Blanco”

    Director of a happening performance, sponsored by the Spanish Government

    Involving well-known artists and politicians in a project for the promotion of art within the    community.

    “Copy Art”

    Workshop working with photocopier machines with the theme of repetition and innovation

    “Dark City Lights”

    Project with American artists for the production of a fluorescent art exhibition in Los Angeles, California


    “Mirada Infinita”

    A workshop for the International Arts Festival “Sibila”, Seville, Spain

    Assistant of artist Nacho Criado for the production of an installation for the Sibila Gallery

    “Maps without Frontiers” Andalucian Centre for Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain

    A workshop with the art critic Fernando Castro and artist Carlos Capelan for the study of art theory and professional practice



    Collaboration with Oboist Ellen Marsden, London


    Eating Art

    Project organised by E1 Gallery, London

    Involving chefs and artists


    Floating Worlds

    Commission of a large format painting by Rosenberg & Kaufman Fine Art. Stage design at the Thalia Nimoy Theatre, New York

    Celebrating the 80th birthday of American composer George Crumb. Collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble ICE (Chicago) for a live performance at Symphony Space, New York



    Commission of a large painting on glass as part of an architectural project in the New Forest.