In his new exhibition, “Paper Dolls”, Fernando Reyes takes us on a colorful visual journey of the human form through hand printed paper cut outs combined with oil paint on wood. Reyes feels that the nonverbal language of the nude or figure speaks with great eloquence, and that the flavor of interaction between artist and model is seen in that language, whether it be humorous, spirited, euphoric, or otherwise. For a figurative artist, drawing from the human form is a fundamental practice, and capturing the nuance of existence is a fundamental draw.
Art is a second career for Fernando, who spent 17 years in banking in San Francisco. After some years as a self-taught artist, he received a BFA in 1997 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived and worked in Oakland since 1998. His studio is located in the Jingletown neighborhood, at Ford Street Studios.
His large and diverse portfolio includes primarily representational art and includes oil paintings, drawings, and prints, and he has recently hand-printed paper cutouts as a new medium. Subjects include figurative nudes, landscapes, urbanscapes, and abstracts, with a primary interest in the human figure. He has exhibited widely, both as a solo artists as well as in group shows. His works have been collected regionally, nationally, and internationally. Currently Fernando is represented by the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Susan Street Fine Art, Mercury 20 Gallery, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, and Warnock Fine Arts.
Saturday Aug 13, Opening Reception & Artist Talks, 5-7 pm
Aug 18, Third Thursdays on 25th Street 6-8 pm
Sep 2, First Friday Art Murmur 6-9 pm
Sep 15, Third Thursdays on 25th Street 6-8 pm