La Vida Sencilla, 2016, acrylic paint, black sand, marble dust, ink, fabric collage, house paint, 48 x 48 inches.
Originally from Mexico City, Alfonso Fernandez attended the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts in Minneapolis, where he earned his BFA in Painting and Printmaking in 2013. In 2016, Fernandez earned his MFA from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he was an apprentice to artist and instructor Joan Waltemath. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, most recently at the Katzen Art Center at American University in Washington, DC, the Circa Gallery in Minneapolis, and the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore.
Fernandez’s paintings are social, psychological, and personal investigations. Since he has moved to Baltimore, his work has evolved in response to living and working in a new, unfamiliar city, and now explores poetic abstraction in the wake of unrest, representation of societal memory, and figuration through the loss of identity. Each of these investigations are grounded in Fernandez’s experience moving from Mexico to the United States, and his effort to balance different cultures and languages, while handling the contested spaces of ethnography and assimilation.