Fernando Reyes: An Artist’s Evolution 1991-2017
The Mexican Museum
The Mexican Museum presents the eclectic work of local artist Fernando Reyes in an exhilarating exhibit at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Born and raised in Fresno, CA, Reyes now works in Oakland, CA’s Jingletown arts district. His extensive body of work includes figurative and abstract drawings, oil paintings, paper cut-out collages, and prints (intaglio and woodblock); all on display in The Mexican Museum.
Reyes began drawing in California’s Central Valley on the paper used to lay out grapes for drying into raisins, as he helped his family pick grapes in the summer. He moved to San Francisco as a young man, and pursued banking as well as becoming a self-taught artist.
Later on, he completed a formal arts education at the Art Institute of Chicago. Throughout his life, Reyes has created compelling work that depicts the human form with strength and passion. He also explores the way abstract art arouses the senses, fires up emotions, and tells intriguing stories.
The exhibit is on view through Thursday, March 15, 2018, however, a special free Family Sunday exhibit closing event takes place on March 18, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants make art inspired by Reyes’ bold and colorful style.