FERNANDA MORALES TOVAR

Visual artist | Mexico

Fernanda Morales Tovar (1992) is a visual artist, whose current practice is linked to a pictorial reflection. On the canvas, she proposes a link between the construction of environment and the construction of symbols to read the written language, because in both of them, she finds as similarity that they correspond to orders modified by individuals and also, they are part of the languages that structure the society.

I understand painting as a permanent reflection, in which the painter dialogues with his work and his environment.

PORTRAIT

Kingsley Ogwara (1975) studied his bachelors in Fine and Applied Arts at Delta State University in Abrake, Nigeria and resides and works from Luxembourg, where he is a well recognised painter and sculptor. His paintings and sculptures in clay, stone, wood or metal consist of organic concave and convex forms, mostly (semi-)abstract and are inspired by African or European images and symbols.They center about human transformation and connection, about the freedom and harmony that can be  found in the masses. As such they rather express a state of mind than an extensive narrative.

Ogwara: “In our globalized world with its many issues, we each struggle individually to live our lives in a meaningful way. When we grow up, we build up our defenses, often based on fear and distrust, resulting from the inevitable hardships that life brings sometimes. However, life also brings unexpected compassion and new windows, and each hardship brings new insights, makes us reflect and grow. We all need to mature, overcome fear and distrust and open up our defenses to connect to each other, dare to be vulnerable to give and receive love. My works are about this transformation and interconnectedness”

His paintwork with knives in oil and acrylic on canvas are characterized by pointilistic abstract orchestrations of colors and rich textures, which seem to take on the form of masses of people. Ogwara typically  hides his initial images behind these thick pointilistic pastiche layers, which creates a lot of depth and suggestion. In his latest Icon-series, he experiments with adding some figurative element by allowing the initial portraits to shine through. 

 Ogwara has participated in many group- and solo exhibitions, amongst others in Luxemburg, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Austria. He was awarded amongst others the prestigious bi-annual Prix Pierre Werner for his paintings as best artist in Luxembourg in 2016. At the Luxembourg Art Week 2019, he was nominated again with his sculptures for the Grand-Duc Adolphe award and in 2022 again for the Prix Pierre Werner, which granted him the titular membership of CAL as the first African member in its history. Most recently, he showed for 6 months at the blockbuster exhibition “Gospel” at the historical Catharijne Convent museum in Utrecht (Netherlands). His paintings are included in collections all over the world.

Fernanda Morales Tovar (1992) is a visual artist, whose current practice is linked to a pictorial reflection. In this one, she explores themes that intertwine individuals and environment; doing an analysis of the concept of construction. On the canvas, she proposes a link between the construction of environment and the construction of symbols to read the written language, because in both of them, she finds as similarity that they correspond to orders modified by individuals and also, they are part of the languages that structure the society.

She studied a Master’s degree in Visual Arts in the Postgraduate of Art and Design from National Autonomous University of Mexico (2020) and she studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts in the Faculty of Arts and Design from National Autonomous University of Mexico (2015). She completed an Academic Research Stay at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (2019). She attended the Post-Pictorial Practices Workshop of the Academic Program of the José Atanasio Monroy Painting Biennial (2020). She has a solo exhibition and has participated in more than twenty group exhibitions, of relevance at University Museum of Sciences and Arts – Mexico, Mexican Plastic Room – Mexico, BUAP University Cultural Center – Mexico, Museum of Mexico City and the Carrillo Gil Museum of Art – Mexico.

Her work has been selected in the IV José Atanasio Monroy Painting Biennial, Lumen 02 Art Biennial and the Lumen 01 Art Call. She was a member in the PAPIIT Project Seminar: Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Mexico, of the Aesthetic Research Institute / IIE UNAM (2015–2016), and with the assignment of the Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies in Visual Arts, CEP UNAM Scholarship (2018-2020). She has taught painting courses at the Faculty of Architecture from National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has publication of artwork in international media; and her work is part of the Lumen Collection Mexico and particular collections.



SPOTLIGHT

WORKS

CREDENTIALS

Exhibitions

2021
  • Undertow, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands
2020
  • This is not out of context, Galería Adolfo Mexiac, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Fanzines: Plastic Artists with Delirious Ideas Pandemic, Guanajuato Wine Museum, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • IV Biennial of Painting José Atanasio Monroy, Francisco Villa Museum, Durango, Mexico
  • Poetics of Contemporary Art, Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
2019
  • Poetics of Contemporary Art, Mexican Plastic Show, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • The Contemporary Guanajuato Collection, Noel Cayetano Gallery, Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • The Contemporary Guanajuato Collection, Regional Center for Artistic Expression, Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Expo Fonde Arte, Museum of Watercolor, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Memories of freedom, Korean Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico.
2018
  • Residues or Fables of Anticipation, El Otro Mono Gallery, Morelos, Mexico.
  • IV Biennial of Painting José Atanasio Monroy, Raúl Anguiano Museum Art, Jalisco, Mexico.
  • IV Biennial of Painting José Atanasio Monroy, University Center of the South Coast, Jalisco, Mexico.
  • III University Fair of Art, University Museum of Sciences and Arts, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 2nd Art Circuit, YLK Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
2017
  • 5th Anniversary, YLK Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Affordable, Galería YLK, Mexico City, Mexico.
2016
  • Kozmic Blues: between control / uncontrol, BUAP University Cultural Center, Puebla, Mexico.
  • Biennial Parameter 02 Arte Lumen, Museum of Mexico City, Mexico.
  • 5th. Anniversary AFA Catalog, Faro Oriente, Mexico City, Mexico.
2015
  • Ten years of the Aguafuerte Gallery, Aguafuerte Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Parameter 01, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

Education

  • Master of Visual Arts, Postgraduate in Arts and Design, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 2018-2020
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Design, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 2011-2015
  • Academic Research Stay, Faculty of Fine Arts, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, 2019
  • Post-Pictorial Practices Workshop, Academic Program from José
  • Atanasio Monroy Painting Biennial, University of Guadalajara, Mexico, 2020

Publications

2020
  • Selection of Contemporary Art Works, Printed Catalog, ART HOLE 2, United Kingdom.
2019
  • IV Biennial of Painting José Atanasio Monroy, Printed catalog of the selected work.
2016
  • Biennial Parameter 02 Arte Lumen, Printed catalog of the selected work.
2015
  • Parameter 01 Art Lumen Call, Printed catalog of the selected work.




Awards

2020
  • Mexico Art Fair 2020, selection of work (painting category), Mexico.
2018-2020
  • CEP UNAM Scholarship, Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies in Visual Arts from National Autonomous University of Mexico
2018
  • IV Biennial of Painting José Atanasio Monroy, selection of work, Jalisco, Mexico.
    III University Art Fair, selection of work (painting category), Mexico City, Mexico.
2016
  • Biennial Parameter 02 Arte Lumen, selection of work (painting category), Mexico City, Mexico.
  • PAPIIT Project: Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Mexico, 19th and 20th centuries, Scholarship holder and assistant, Institute of Aesthetic Research from National Autonomous University of Mexico
2015

Parameter 01 Arte Lumen Call, selection of work (painting category), Mexico City, Mexico.

 

Collections

  • Lumen Collection Mexico
  • Several private collections






2020
  • Mexico Art Fair 2020, selection of work (painting category), Mexico.
2018-2020
  • CEP UNAM Scholarship, Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies in Visual Arts from National Autonomous University of Mexico
2018
  • IV Biennial of Painting José Atanasio Monroy, selection of work, Jalisco, Mexico.
    III University Art Fair, selection of work (painting category), Mexico City, Mexico.
2016
  • Biennial Parameter 02 Arte Lumen, selection of work (painting category), Mexico City, Mexico.
  • PAPIIT Project: Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Mexico, 19th and 20th centuries, Scholarship holder and assistant, Institute of Aesthetic Research from National Autonomous University of Mexico
2015
  • Parameter 01 Arte Lumen Call, selection of work (painting category), Mexico City, Mexico.
PROFESSIONAL COLLECTIONS
  • Lumen Collection Mexico
  • Several private collections

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