Fernando Caceras

Fernando Caceres was born in Puno and grew up on the shores of he Titicaca Lake in the small Aymara town of Juli in the south of Peru.

He studied at Cambridge University, The Courtauld Institute and the Architectural Association AA, London, specialising in Fine Art and Historic building conservation.

As professional practicing artist, Fernando has developed his own style and a genre that has been described as “magical surrealism”: a compelling blend of his mastery of the techniques of historical painting schools with modern psychological renderings of both ancient and contemporary mythologies.

Fernando takes inspirations from the old Netherlandish masters. Fernando’s colourful creations combine the mastery of the techniques with a contemporary narrative of ancient and modern myths. Indeed, as a descendent of the earliest people of the High Andes, Fernando is deeply committed to preserving the complex richness of the oral tradition of his ancestors. He explores, transforms and translates Andean, and other ancient myths, legends and rituals into contemporary pieces of art.

His paintings are rooted in the narrative of mythology, therefore his paintings can also be read as such. The narratives of the paintings are articulated through the correlation between different levels of imaginary and real images. Fernando also uses the colours and meaning of the colours, to help to create a continuous narrative that can build bridges between the myth and the modern life.

Through his sculptures and street art installations, Fernando addresses global problems of exclusion, expulsion and poverty. With these art pieces he aims to establish a connection between the experiences of global south residents and its undocumented migrants workers on the one hand, and the privileged insider perspectives of global north residents on the other. Fernando opens new post-conceptual approaches to art as a form of reflective political involvement and activism.

In 2011 he was given the first price at the Royal West Academy England for it painting ‘Gilgames and Enkidu’, one of the series of paintings to illustrate the Book Gilgamesh and Enkidu; beyond death published in 2015.