"The bounty of New York City's trash and treasure awaits this young artist' palette and passion for finding new and exciting ingredients to stir into his mix."
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 15, 1978. Fernando Mora quickly found himself drawing cartoons and comic books heroes. At around the age of six his parents enrolled him in “La Academia Bueso” where he got an opportunity to learn under the wing of renowned Puerto Rican Artist Andres Bueso RIP. Soon, Andres Bueso gave Fernando a scholarship were he would work off his classes teaching younger students, this went on for several years in which time Fernando was learning skills in all types of dry media and also art teaching.
In 1998 Fernando left the island to go study at Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida, where he earned a BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts) and a minor in Illustration. During his time there Fernando explored the great and endless possibilities of mixed media and really honed his skill in drawing and illustration.
In 2002 taking a leap of faith, he decided to start exploring the world of painting and hasn’t looked back since. Submerging himself in the female figure, the artist has developed his style quickly in a number of different wet and mixed Medias.
In 2009 after a successful career in Puerto Rico, he decided it was time for a change in his surroundings and inspirations and decided to take a chance in the city of New York.
His inventory includes around 450 pieces, which are mostly all sold. Among his clients are; Wisin (hip hop singer, composer), Tego Calderon (hip hop singer, composer), Silverio Perez (comedian, TV personality), Tommy Torres (singer, composer), Pedro Toledo (chief superintendent of PR Police Dpt.), Soraya Sanchez (executive producer Anda pa’l Cara), Carlos Fortuño, (owner of Music Xpress), Paco Lopez (Wisin & Yandel producer).
Artist Statement -
Fernando Mora is a passionate painter with a brushstroke full of life and vibrancy. His career has built a stunning collection of pieces over only the breadth of a decade. Seductive imagery, bold colour and rhythmic design defines his painting. And it is the cadence and vivid movement found in his artwork that has led more recently to the use of painting medium as a means to interpret his rhythmic aesthetic on the canvas. Constantly adding and modifying new ingredients into his flavorful imagery nurtures the vitality that encompasses his body of work. Currently Fernando has relocated to NYC and the outlook is very promising.