Ernesto Javier Fernández

Curriculum

Havana, Cuba, 1963

Education
2nd year of Photography, University of Havana
Practical Studies of Digital Photography, Germany, 1995-1996

Since 1997 he has been working free lance, but he has developed as a photographer at the magazine Somos Jóvenes;  the Zeitenspiegel agency, Germany, and Kulturzentrum Zapata, Germany.

Solo Shows
2012 Let the Memories Begin. Morro-Cabaña Complex. Havana, Cuba. Collateral to the Eleventh Havana Biennial. Havana, Cuba.
Escapando con el paisaje (Escaping with the Landscape). Development Center for the Visual Arts. Luz y Oficios, Havana, Cuba. Collateral to the Eleventh Havana Biennial. Havana, Cuba.
2009  Done. La Casona Gallery, Havana. Cuba.
2007 That´s Me in the Corner. Fototeca de Cuba. Habana, Cuba (withCon René Rodríguez).

Group Exhibitions
2012 Art Show L.A. Salt Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles.
Cuba!!! Salt Fine Art Gallery. Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA.
2011 Siniestros (Disasters). Habana Gallery. Havana, Cuba.
Ya sé leer (I Can Read Already). Imagen y texto en el Arte latinoamericano (Image and Text in Latin American Art). “Wifredo Lam” Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba.
Art Show Los Angeles, USA. La Casona Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
2010  Monomanías. Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
2009  Glamour de Occidente (Western Glamour). Fond Saint Jaques Cultural Center, Martinique.
Glamour de Occidente (Western Glamour). Collateral to the Tenth Havana Biennial. House of Mexico, Havana, Cuba.
Mito y Realidad (Myth and Reality). Bolivarian Museum of Contemporary Art. Santa Marta, Colombia.
Subasta Humanitaria (Humanitarian Auction). Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), Havana, Cuba.
2008  Mito y Realidad (Myth and Reality). Simón Bolívar House, Havana, Cuba.
Arboleda. El cuerpo es cuerpos (Grove. The Body is Bodies). Jesús Gallardo Gallery. International Festival of Contemporary Art. León, Guanajuato, Mexico.
We are porno yes!. Grupo Aglutinador, Havana, Cuba.
Encuentro (Meeting). Villa Manuela Art Gallery, Havana, Cuba.

Prizes
2001 First Prize in Photography at Harvard University, Boston, USA.
1988 Prize of the 26th of July Salon.
1986 Prize “13 de Marzo” for the book De Condado a Kuando Kubango.
1981 Prize at the Playa Photo Salon, Havana, Cuba.

Fairs
2011, 2010 and 2009 Artbo. Bogotá Art Fair, Colombia. Villa Manuela Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
Houston Fair, Texas, USA. La Casona Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
2009 Arteaméricas Fair. Havana Pavilion. Oñate Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA.
2007 Arco Fair. La Casona Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

Collections
Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba. Museum of Contemporary Cuban Art, Vienna, Austria/Christierson Foundation, England. Marc Grossberg, Houston, Texas, USA. Jimmy Roberson, Houston, Texas, USA. Marceline Ganz, Geneva, Switzerland. Celia Sredni de Birbragher, Bogotá, Colombia. Alberto Simmons, Bogotá, Colombia. Roberto Ascóniga, Lima, Perú. Susana y Caridad de La Puente, Lima, Perú. Robert Borlenghi, Miami, Florida, USA. Andreas Winkler, Switzerland. Constantino Pares, Switzerland. Claudio Marinelli, Italy.
Private: Cuba, Spain, France, England, USA, Mexico, Switzerland, Belgium, Peru, Brazil.

Statement

Graduate journalist and photographer. He combines photography with installation and design, although he uses photography as an autonomous event. He appeals to certain design codes in support of his work and to some extent reverts their meanings. He focuses his work essentially on social and political themes, among them: migration, the urban deterioration, helplessness, the acceptance or unconsciousness of the damage we coexist with. In his works there is a balance between the human presence and emptiness; he is capable of wrapping up precariousness with a high tech structure, thus emphasizing the cynicism that characterizes him. Many of his works contain texts, on occasions in the English language, referred to music themes that impacted his generation. He uses neon as resource, endowing the pieces with new possibilities of expression, particularly in the relation he creates between image and text.

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