Drawing from the human form is a fundamental practice for Oakland artist Fernando Reyes. Employing a confident, decisive and energetic line when drawing the figure has been a mainstay in his work.
THE FIGURE PROGRESSES includes works from 2007 to present. Throughout the years, Fernando has explored ways that morph representational aspects of the figure with abstract elements. This exhibition is a survey in painting, printmaking and drawing that illuminates how Fernando has evolved in working abstraction as a component of his figure work. The traditional methodology, however, produces works that are completely contemporary.
Art is a second career for FERNANDO REYES who spent 17 years in banking in San Francisco. He began as a self-taught artist, then decided to seek formal art eduction at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating with a BFA in 1997. Fernando has an extensive resume of solo and group exhibitions on a regional and national basis. A retrospective of his work was recently exhibited at the Mexican Museum of San Francisco in January 2018. Fernando’s work has been acquired for the art collections of Stanford University Medical Center, Alameda County Arts Collection, Amoco Corporation, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Tom of Finland Foundation, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, George and Cynthia Miller Wellness Center and numerous private collections.