Artists > Walter Fernández

Born in Puerto Rico, 1980 | Lives and works in San Juan, PR.

Education

B.A Communications, Visual Art 2003
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon. San Juan, P.R.

Studies on Human Figure, 2003
Escuela Altos de Chavon, La Romana, D.R.

Summer Studies on Drawing and Painting, 2001 Parson’s School of Desing, NY, N.Y.

Description

As the co-founder and band member of the legendary punk band Los Lácteos, Walter began to have a political conscience and interest on investigating social illnesses. In 2003 he presented collaborative works for the community and workshops for artists as the artist collective W & N. The next year he created the online publication Repuesto, blog and it became a guide for culture and the underground art scene in San Juan.

His paintings in large format, drawings and prints, deal the lack of awareness towards nature and the common good. His practice is linked to agriculture, specially to tobacco, a flourished industry with great economic impact in Puerto Rico in the 1920s. After the disaster of hurricane Maria in 2017, alongside Antonio Castro Barreto (farmer and art collector) and Francisco Javier Castro (farmer), they created El Club Del Turro as an economic and sustainable response to that crisis. The trio became the only ones right now growing and producing cigars 100% made in the Island. Walter also was a member of PoF (Pounds of Flesh) a collective of artists in Old San Juan who constantly underwent questioning and protesting against generalized policies of iniquity, abuse of justice, policies of exclusion, inequality and colonialism.

Today he is the cofounder of Rip, an artist collective in San Juan.

Solo Shows

2018- Sobre la importancia de perderlo todo. Km 0.2, Santurce, Puerto Rico.

2013- #dandoleconelbichoalbajo Area: lugar de proyectos en Caguas, PR.

Group Shows (selection)

2018- El tributo a El Santo ‘Jose Luis Vargaz’- Omar Velazquez , El Local de Santurce.

2bléo en La Respesta Santurce

2017- Emojis, Lies, Instagram Muses, and Headline News. Latino Arts, Milwakee, Wisconsin.

2016- La Vispera del Hambre Km 0.2 in Santurce, PR.

2011- Neo Constructivismo Caribeno Ruso Art Lab Santurce, PR

Chiquitolina. La 15, Santurce, PR.

AWARDS

2004- Mejor Exhibición Prima Obra La Asociacion Internacional de Críticos de Arte (AICA) con sede en Paris y afiliada a la UNESCO Capitulo de Puerto Rico 9 de febrero de 2006.