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Portrait by Austin Nelson
January 20, 2022

Meet Fernanda, a New York based visual artist. While Fernanda works across many mediums, we first found her work through her ceramics – covered in intricate paintings. We caught up with Fernanda to hear how she began her journey in fine art.

How did you start your career as a fine artist?

I think it started when I painted the inside of my parents' closet with flowers and long haired ladies, but got caught -there is a photo to testify-I was probably 3 years old.

The painting and arts went on until my father advised me that if I was going to do something, I should do it with all my heart, and the best was to start from the Italian perspective. I got a scholarship and studied my BFA & MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy.

After graduating I was exhibiting in galleries, art fairs and doing residencies in Europe, Mexico and India. After my student visa ended, I moved to NYC.

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

Mhhh, there are many things I love about it, but I am deeply moved by how supportive everyone is. I think most of us who to come to New York city, come to follow a dream, and we somehow become mirrors, that is why we connect with a beautiful idea, why our soul vibrates to a song played by a musician on the street, or why we get goosebumps when we see someone dancing in the park.

We mirror that beauty, believe in it, and by showing our support we become part of it.

I am lucky to have been immersed in that love and support by my friends and community, that is how I made it through the pandemic.

What's inspiring you right now?

Workwise, I am currently in the depths of a lush humid jungle inspiration mood right now. Thinking of wild animals, mushrooms and fluorescent insects.

Mindwise,  though a little slow, winter is an inspiring time. There is more time to read, gather round with stories and friends, so I’ve recently joined my dear friends yoga and meditation channel,  LIberation Lab.

I am reading (and loving) the story of the Greek goddess of the soul Psyche as well as Women who run with wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and listening to good groves such as Taxi Driver by Calypso Awakening, or amazing Ignacio Maria Gomez.


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