Painting, like poetry or music, are languages spoken by an artist in idioms that tend to escape regional dialect.
At the start, the artist’s proposition nourishes itself with axioms, personal and local elements. And then the chrysalis: constantly striving to have color and form reach a universal self.
Javier Fernandez’s concern with his relation with and to the world is a primary motivation for his expression. He has sought and found points on the figurative and literal horizon that give impetus to the energy in works that distinguish him.
He was born in a provincial family, geographically nestled in Colima--a small tropical paradise on the Mexican occidental coast.
As a young man, he traveled to Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City to study and explore.
Equally interested in architecture, business and art, he travelled on to London, Santander and finally to Paris where, in 1984, art became second only to his desire for family. In 1986, he returned to his dear Colima. It was there that he formed a family with Sarah Vincent and painted. And it is from there that he continues to travel and evolve as an artist and a man.
Internationally known now, Javier has had more than 40 individual exhibitions and his work has been included in countless group shows.
His encounters make him speak many languages: his language. His personal world expands itself striving always for universal.
Francisco Javier Fernández Cárdenas October 3rd, 1951. Colima, Col. Mexico
-Estudios: Architecture ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico 1976
-Art promotor I.U.B.A, Universidad de Colima, Mexico 1978
-M.B.A. I.P.A.D.E. Cd de Mexico 1982-1984
-Award of merit in Arts 2008 from the State Government of Colima.
-Homage in the 12th Art Week 2013. IUBA-UdeC
2016 “EL COLOR DEL VALLE” Real Hacienda, Villa de Alvarez, Col.
2014 In tandem. Intervened Photos by Héctor Boix. Image Museum (IMU) Colima
2013 Colorfonías. Homage 12th Art Week. IUBA.Pinacoteca Universitaria Colima
2012 Cultural Center Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Bogota Colombia. (august 30th)
2010 Solo. Monica Saucedo Gallery in Colima, Col
2009 Relámpago Sostenido (Sustained Lightning). Alfonso Michel University Gallery.Colima
Caja Blanca Gallery Mexico, D:F:
Uno Gallery, Pto. Vallarta, Jal. January 7th.
2008 Koans, Arck Gallery, París Francia
Uno Gallery, Puerto Vallarta Jal. Mexico.
‘05-‘06-‘07 Arck Gallery, Paris France
2006 Conciencia Mineral. (Mineral Conscience) University Gallery, Colima University, Colima
2005 Garcia-Laporte Gallery, Paris, France
2004 Arck Gallery Paris, France
2003 Enluna Gallery, Manzanillo, Mexico
2001 French Alliance, Polanco, Mexico D.F.
Judith Ewin Morlan Gallery, Puerto Vallarta. Mexico.(also in 2002 and 2003)
2000 Itinerante Exhibition (coordinated by the Secretariat of Culture of the State Government of Colima y el F.O.N.C.A.)
May: Ex-convent del Carmen, Guadalajara, Jal.
June: University Gallery. Morelia, Mich.-August: Visual Arts Center. Aguas Calientes
Sept. : Ex- Temple of San Agustín, Zacatecas.---Oct. : Tequisquíapan Cultural Center, Qtaro..
«Horizontales and Verticales ». Colima. Town Hall. Mexico
1999 « Colores de Atmósfera » (Colors of Atmosphere) Colima University Gallery, Mexico
1998 Klimt Gallery, Colima, Mexico
Pacifico Gallery, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
1996 Uno Gallery, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Yearly from 1991 to 1996 )
1995 Regional History Museum , Colima. Mexico
1994 Galería de Arte Moderno, Guadalajara, Mexico
Ann Howard Gallery, Washington Depot, Connecticut, USA
1993 José María Velasco Gallery, Mexico, D.F.
Regional History Museum, Colima. Mexico
Ramis Barquet Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico
1987 Etienne de Causans Gallery, Paris, France
1986 Utopia Gallery, Saint-Etienne, France
1985 House of Mexico, University Campus, Paris, France
1983 Colima Cultural Center ( also in 1987,1988 and 1989)
Group Shows (Selection)
2010 MONAE. National Graphic Folder.Centenario-Bicentenario. Cd de México and in 19 other countries
2005 « Le courrier s’expose »,(The Mail get exhibited) Collection Michel Bohbot. Bibliothèque de Rennes , May-July. France.
Graphic workshop with the group M28 in « La Parota » , Colima, Madrid, Spain
2004 Bastille Contemporary Art Market, Paris. France
2002 « Un Taller en Colima » (A Worshop in Colima) with the group Mayor 28 . Madrid. Spain.
III Bienal. Monterrey, N.L Mexico
III Bienal « Alfonso Michel », Colima, Mexico.
1985 Boulev’Art, Nîmes. France. Urban Painting. Toros (Bulls).
1983 and in 1984 Five shows with the group Martes 8:30.
1979 Itinerante exhibition A.N.U.I.E.S., representing the U. de Colima
1978 Concert-Exhibition, Club Santiago, Manzanillo, Mexico